I don’t know if you were raised in church or if it’s something very new to you. Maybe the Christian life has been presented as one of fire and brimstone, living life on a tightrope, or one that lets you do whatever you want as long as you say “sorry” to Jesus on Sunday.
It seems to me extreme versions of anything have always been around. One thing that has stuck out to me is the trend of presenting kingdom living as one based on rewards. Now don’t get me wrong, I know from experience that membership has its benefits, when it comes to our Father God, it’s His heart I’m after, not what’s in His hands. It’s not a business transaction, it’s a love journey that will last into eternity.
Simply put, Christianity isn’t a rewards incentive program. I have not found kingdom living to be about how God can serve me and my desires. Rather, the richness has been found in a sacred and sacrificial service to God and His people. It’s not always fun. It’s not always easy. It’s not glamourous. But it is an enriching, fulfilling, and joyous investment into my eternity that will never be tarnished or taken away.
Maybe you’re finding yourself frustrated because you haven’t landed that job you’ve prayed on for so long. Maybe you didn’t meet the man of your dreams as quickly as you had believed and fasted and prayed for. Maybe instead of focusing on getting, you can redirect your focus on giving. When’s the last time you gave something away that you valued to someone in need? When’s the last time you forgave someone and made peace in your heart before they owned up to it? When’s the last time you shared your testimony to someone who was hurting and in need of hope and joy? No doubt you are the daughter of the King. You have access to the richness and spiritual truths that is far more valuable than diamonds and pearls or any earthly reward. Maybe kingdom living is more about giving than living in the kingdom. I challenge you today, give richly like a daughter of the king would generously give. Trust me, you can afford it.
“For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking [what one likes], but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.”
Romans 14:17 Amplified Bible (AMP)
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