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. 

Keep Doing the Right Things

Keep praising
Keep sowing
Keep serving
Keep giving
Keep loving
Keep walking in faith
Keep the Word of God in front of you
Keep doing what you know is right do to maintain your walk with God despite what the circumstances may be screaming at you to do.

Abraham obeyed God even when what he was asked to do seemed crazy.

Isaac sowed in a time of famine and dug wells when it hadn’t been raining for sometime & continued having struggles with others through that time.

Jacob kept working hard even though his boss kept changing the rules.

Job maintained his integrity .
David kept his heart right with God when confronted over sin.
The prophets spoke the Word of God despite untold opposition.
The disciples trusted the words Jesus spoke even though it brought persecution and difficulty.

The Bible and history is full of individuals who made a decision to just keep walking with God, to stick to those things they knew were right and to trust God for the rest.

I don’t know where you are on this journey but take courage.

Seek first the kingdom of God and right standing with Him, and all the things you have need of will be added to you [Matt 6:33]

This is my journey too. It’s an every day choice. The moment I think I know what’s best for me is the moment I begin to disconnect from the best that God has for me. I have learned the hard way, it’s very subtle. It can look good and even bring reward but still might not be God’s best for me.

I determine to choose every day to live by His incredible word and the promises contained within it. Some days I do great, other days I struggle but I’m not turning back or giving up on my God. He knows what is best for me. He knows what I can handle. The least I can do is keep myself in the best position and keep doing what is right for me to do.

How about you? How do you do at keeping on doing the right things?

Matthew 6: The Christian Checklist…maybe

Check out the previous thoughts & comments from other days…1, 2, 3

Too much to discuss. Needless to say these are great lessons for anyone, even if you are not a Christian. If you are then check yourself…

…how you give – do you make sure people know about it
…how you pray – hoping that you do. If you don’t know how to pray then use what we affectionately know as the Lord’s prayer. Expand where you can, but as we taught the girls – some THANKS, some SORRY, some PLEASE. At the very least….PRAY!!
…how you fast – again something that you must do but don’t look rough while fasting
…what you hold on to – v21 ‘where your treasure is, there your heart will be also’ We all love doing some stuff, being somewhere, the check to make…is this more important to me than Jesus? Your actions, your spending habits, your use of time, how you talk about it – they are all indicators of what has your heart!!

Matthew 6:25-33 have been foundation building verses for us. We stood on these when times were tough. I know that God has my back!! I know that I don’t need to worry (although I still do at times). I know that I am of value to God and that He knows what I have need of!!

I KNOW THAT IF I KEEP SEEKING GOD FIRST, MAKING SURE I AM IN RIGHT-STANDING WITH HIM. THEN ALL THESE THINGS (THE STUFF OF LIFE THAT I NEED) WILL BE GIVEN TO ME.

How about we share some of the the amazing ways God HAS come through for us…