A Call to Kingdom Living – Part 2
1 Corinthians 1:4-9
I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus, that in every way you were enriched in him in all speech and all knowledge – even as the testimony about Christ was confirmed among you – so that you are not lacking in any gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Yesterday, we defined briefly what Jesus meant when He preached and exhorted His new followers to live according to some radical principles of the Kingdom of God. Then we glimpsed the apostle Paul and his passion for the body of Christ to continue in this manner of life, with their eyes forever focused on Christ Jesus and the future Kingdom of God.
As you know, the Apostle Paul was jailed, shipwrecked, beaten, persecuted, and reviled for teaching the name of Jesus, but all he can do is thank God for His abounding grace, His spiritual riches, and His provision, stating that he lacked nothing. He then continues to encourage others to remain true to the Lord Jesus and wait for His imminent return. Paul lived with the end in view, knowing that on the day of the Lord’s return, all those who are in Christ Jesus will stand blameless before the Lord. Paul considered his present reality as a preparation for his glorious future!
Kingdom Living is a call to the church to return to their 1st love, to return to the heart of Jesus Christ, which is salvation by grace, through faith, so that all who call upon His Name will be saved. God’s kingdom is to be lived and proclaimed to the uttermost parts of the earth NOW, and requires us to live in light of eternity until He returns…
To love God and others with supernatural, agape love
To trust God when we don’t understand, knowing that He makes no mistakes
To be grateful for it all, good and bad, wanting only the glory of God through it all
To be willing to die to my will and the desires of my flesh, for the sake of living a Spirit-filled, set apart life, so that others would hunger and thirst for God’s righteousness seen in me
And to do all that we do for the glory of God and the building up of the family of God.
Until Jesus returns to this earth as KING to establish His kingdom on earth, we have the responsibility to bring the kingdom of God in this world, to be salt and light, so that the world through Christ will be saved, healed and set free!
“There can be no kingdom of God in the world
without the kingdom of God in our hearts.” (Albert Schweitzer)
Let’s invite God’s Spirit to dissect our hearts in this area of Kingdom Living. Let’s allow Him to correct and align our thinking where we lack His perspective. Jesus said, “the kingdom of God is within us” and “the kingdom of God is at hand”. In other words, the kingdom of God is NOW and the kingdom of God is FOREVER, when we will one day rule and reign with Him.
And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to pen its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, and you have made them a kingdom and priest to our God and they shall reign on the earth.”
Are you loving and obeying God? And loving others with a Christ-like love?
Are you allowing God to access and convict your heart and change your mind?
Are you grateful for all, good and bad, that God allows in your life?
Are you content with His supply and accepting when He says “no”?
Are you surrendered to God’s Spirit within you?
Are you living with “eternity” in view?
Are you looking up, awaiting His soon and imminent return?
If your answers are “yes” to these questions, then be encouraged, you are living for the spiritual Kingdom of God NOW, and will be found ready for His physical Kingdom one fine day!
I say with passion and power, much like the Indians at our recent conference, “Hallelujah! Praise the Lord! Hallelujah! Praise the Lord!”
by Tammy Ritter