This Kingdom Life

Kingdom living is easier on a Sunday. Gathered with all my fellow believers and followers of Jesus, being focused on Him comes more naturally. 

Then Monday comes. And the call to this Kingdom life doesn’t waiver just because it’s no longer a Sunday. 

Alarms go off. Kids head off to school and college while I head to the office. Surely working for church is good kingdom living. 

Yet here’s the truth, it doesn’t matter where you work the distractions which cause us to not seek God first are as real for me as they are for anyone else. 

To keep my heart right, my words right, my attitude right. To be my kingdom self while recognising and acknowledging those around me as they are being their kingdom self. 

To not allow stuff to cut across my path while I walk with Jesus. No cynicism. No negativity. No arroagance. No anger. No pride. No unforgiveness. No indifference. No status or image. No excess. 

To live for the kingdom is to give up my own. And that’s the battle. I find choosing comfort or convenience over the discomfort or inconvenience of laying my life down so much easier. Yet I know that in laying down my life for Jesus I am more fulfilled and rewarded than when I fight to hold on to my own. 

To enter the kingdom is to surrender. It’s an awkward and uncomfortable truth. To make Jesus King is to surrender, give in, lay down my kingdom rule for His kingdom rule.

It’s a mystery. It’s beautiful. It’s a privilege. It’s difficult. It’s exciting. It’s the greatest adventure I know. 

The choice to make Jesus King of my life is really only measured by the discipline and willingness to stay true to that decision. And only with Gods help through the Holy Spirit will I ever be able to give it a decent shot. It’s nothing I can do on my own and my prayer every day is simple…

Help me Lord to seek You and Your kingdom first, above all other things. 

No More Drift

Drift.

Easily done. You know, how you get ‘out of the habit’ of doing something. It’s not even a conscious thing, it just happens. Thankfully now I recognise it more quickly, and act on that recognition more quickly too. I guess that’s the key.

Most people know they need to change something.
Unfortunately, most people don’t ACT on the need to change something.

Getting ‘back on track’ is not as easy as drifting. Maybe drifting is default mode while staying on the right track is by design. Design occurs by choice, not by chance. So, today was a drift stopping day!! Alarm set, up and into some time with God.

Days always feel better for me when I have started it right. Don’t know what that is for you. Starting right for me is with God…a few verses, some worship, shake off the rubbish, get in the position that I should be in, call on God, pour out my heart, confess, pray into the day, the family, situations, dreams, vision, for others [not necessarily in that order] but I think you catch what I’m saying.

Jesus said ‘seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well’. The things are the stuff of life, God knows that you need them. Aware that I wasn’t doing that enough recently.

How to stop the drift in your life…
1. Choose to [don’t wait, just choose]
2. Design it [for me, to get up early means going to bed earlier]
3. Respond to it [get up, do the thing you need to do]
4. Continue in it [one day does not stop drift]
5. Enjoy the blessing of doing it [not out of duty but from a place of devotion to your God]

What do you need to do to stop the drift?