‘The Law and the Prophets were proclaimed until John. Since that time the good news of the kingdom of God is being preached, and everyone is forcing his way into it’ (Luke 16:16)
Though the good news is about God, and what he has done through his Son Jesus, it can, and should be discussed in terms of an appropriate response to it on our part. God's action in Christ; his love, his compassion, his direction, his burning commitment to task, and his willingness to suffer, is most surely not a matter for indifference.
Birth is a violent occurrence. Perspiration and pain are its inevitable companions. There is no way around this. To use another metaphor, there is simply no tranquil way for an airplane to pass through the sound barrier. The tumult of it creates a sonic boom. Change of any kind disturbs, and entry into the kingdom of heaven involves radical, ongoing change.
The new life in Christ's kingdom means new ideals, a new center, new goals, a new Lord. New challenges require forceful effort. This is itself more good news. An exhilarating life is not a limp and tepid one.
God help me to experience the 'forcefulness' of the kingdom of heaven.