A Call to Kingdom Living
At the recent “Reaching Indians Ministries International” Leaders Conference, the theme of the event was “The Kingdom of God”. This is a subject that Jesus taught throughout the book of Matthew, especially chapter 5, commonly known as the Beatitudes in the Sermon on the Mount. Blessed are the poor in spirit, the meek, those who mourn, the merciful, the pure in heart, the peacemaker, and those who are persecuted…for theirs is the Kingdom of God!
It is a beautiful portrayal of qualities that are essential for the followers of Christ to live in His kingdom. The premise is that the presence of light automatically disperses the darkness; similarly, a life turned and governed by the standards of God’s kingdom will ultimately advance the mission of God to rescue people. Jesus challenged His followers to a standard of living that was and remains radically different than anything the world had every heard before.
My heart has been convicted and challenged by these questions:
Has the American church lost sight of the Kingdom of God of which we are called to live and proclaim?
Have we forgotten the blessings that come to those who have a reverent fear of the Lord and dare to live God’s way unashamedly?
In Philippians 4:1, Paul said to the church in Philippi, “Therefore, my brothers, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm thus in the Lord, my beloved.”
Paul, an apostle and missionary of the gospel, said to his fellow believers:
- You are my love
- You are my joy
- You are my crown
- I long to be with you
Paul is essentially saying:
- We are the family of God.
- We are called to kingdom living together.
- In the same chapter, he continues to encourage them to continue to love and minister the kingdom of God, with a grateful heart.
- And to continue in this mission till the Lord returns to establish His physical kingdom on earth.
- Why? Because one day, we will all reign with Him forever!
- Finally, rejoice in the Lord, and live with this mind and heart, now and forever!
When we all worship our God and serve one another with this attitude, with this paradigm, we are doing what the Bible calls “walking in the Spirit, not according to the flesh”. This approach to life and godliness keeps our heart tender and our minds open, for God to examine us and we will welcome His truth, even when it hurts. We will be grateful for the times He tells us “no” and we will rejoice in the trials, knowing that our disappointments are simply God’s appointments!
The call to Kingdom Living is a call to live in fellowship with God the Father, and a desire to obey the will of the Father, all the days of our lives, knowing that when we do, we will dwell in His house forever. Amen.
by Tammy Ritter