CHILDREN OF THE KINGDOM!
God is all powerful, so why would anyone want to follow and serve a lesser god created by man’s imagination and error? Our God is pre-existent before the worlds and man was formed. Our Father and Savior are the rulers of the “Kingdom of God” and we are children of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. We have been purchased with a price – our divine Savior’s blood – and so we are not our own. We have been lifted from the status of “lost and condemned to die” to “a child of the King” with an eternal inheritance and an eternal Kingdom. As children of the King, we have duties and responsibilities to God and His Kingdom.
“Therefore we also pray always for you that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness and the work of faith with power, that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.” – 2Thessalonians 1:11-12
The Word declares we will rule and reign with Him forever. If we remain just as we are without allowing God to perfect and equip us through His Spirit and His Word, will we be ready and worthy for such a lofty position? Will we be only hearers of the Word and not “doers” of His Word?
“To redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, ‘Abba, Father!’ Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.” – Galatians 4:5-7
It is all important that we take our relationship with our heavenly Father, “the King,” seriously and remain conscious of our responsibilities to Him and His Kingdom. As His child we have a duty to represent His image. How else will they know we have been sent by Him, if we are not like Him? Our Savior is separate from the world and its culture; He is holy and perfect in all His ways. “Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.” (Matthew 5:48). “You are manifestly an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart (known and read by all men).” (2Corinthians 3:3).
We are commanded to be His face, voice, hands and feet in the world. We must realize the importance of bearing the fruit of the Spirit within us and using self control and love for others in every situation. If we claim God as our Father before the world and our family, we must walk the walk and talk the talk.
“And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: ‘I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people.’ Therefore, ‘Come out from among them and be separate,’ says the Lord. ‘Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you. I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.’ ” – Corinthians 6:16 -18
I know that the Holy Spirit is speaking to every heart about the necessity of being prepared to meet Him at any time. It is our duty to finish His work in the time allotted to us. I feel an urgency to fulfill every part of His perfect will for my life and to finish my part of His Kingdom’s work. There is a time to rest, but this is not the time! “Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect” (Luke 12:40).
We are God’s ambassadors for this generation. They can’t hear if we do not speak and announce His “good news.” There are many around us that we can touch through the leading of the Holy Spirit, and by our living and teaching the truth so they may be set free. Christ is “the only way, the only truth, and the only life.” Now more than at any other time in Christendom, we must overcome error with truth and evil with good. We can accomplish all God wants us to do by seeking God continually for His “will” to be done through us. When we pray for “God’s will,” we know we have what we ask, and it shall be done! “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him” (1John 5:14-15).
We must have a steady in-flow of His word (through study and prayer) to direct and perfect us spiritually. We need to ask Him to help us touch others through His spirit. I have been specifically asking him daily to lead me to others in need and to give me wisdom, understanding, and discernment. It is the Father’s good pleasure to give us His Kingdom and everything that pertains to life and Godliness. He loves us and has given us all things. We are called to build His Kingdom and follow in Christ’s footsteps.
“I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His Kingdom: Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.” – 2Timothy 4:1-8
The Savior has told us to go into the world and preach the Gospel by word and deed. Few of us have even reached our neighborhood. We are to call upon the Holy Spirit to fill us with God’s Spirit and power. He has given us nine fruits of the Spirit to glorify Christ and live in His holiness and perfection. These nine gifts are to be used to produce the works, signs, and wonders of Christ. The word declares, “We have not because we have asked not!”
God has given us great and precious promises to make us like Him in nature and Godliness. “By which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust” (2Peter 1:4).
There are no excuses or reasons why we cannot fulfill His will and righteousness. The world is crumbling under the sin and allurements of satan, but we have a message that brings abundant life and power to overcome for everyone who receives the clearly written message. We have been given a burden to love and win a world of lost souls. How can we neglect or ignore such a great salvation or turn our back on the Kingdom that God has prepared for us. Greater than all of these things is the love that brought us new life through the Son of God. Every good and perfect gift comes down to us from our loving heavenly Father, and we can be fully equipped to carry out our duties by merely “asking.” We have no excuses!
“Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master made ruler over his household, to give them food in due season? Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing. Assuredly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all his goods. But if that evil servant says in his heart, ‘My master is delaying his coming, and begins to beat his fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunkards, the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him and at an hour that he is not aware of, and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” – Matthew 24:45-48
Thank You dearest Lord and Savior for making it possible for me to belong to our heavenly Father and the “Kingdom of God.” I rejoice in my salvation and in Your love and goodness to me. You are always there when I seek You, and I know that I can overcome the onslaught of the enemy because You are “for me” and no one can be against me without a cause (my sin).
Lord, quicken to me the truth about the things I need to battle and overcome. Teach me how to overcome my flesh and satan. Send Your Holy Spirit to guide me every hour. Give me a greater desire to study Your Word and give me understanding. I need a burden for souls. I am busy doing things that are not nearly as important as Your Kingdom. Give me wisdom to know how to give You my very best, and at the same time fill all of my responsibilities. Make me sensitive to the needs all around me and lead me by Your Spirit into the knowledge of the things I am neglecting. Father, You know all of my failures and sins of commission and omission. Let me see myself as You see me. Have mercy upon me and change me so I can please You and be Your witness. I want most of all to be changed into the person You want me to be and have the goals You have purposed for my life. I want most of all to hear You say, “Well done thou good and faithful servant.” Amen.