“I’ve asked you for two things. Don’t keep them from me before I die:
- Keep vanity and lies far away from me.
- Don’t give me either poverty or riches.
Feed me ⌊only⌋ the food I need, or I may feel satisfied and deny you and say, ‘Who is the Lord ?’ or I may become poor and steal and give the name of my God a bad reputation.”
We didn’t bring anything into the world, and we can’t take anything out of it.
As long as we have food and clothes, we should be satisfied.
But people who want to get rich keep falling into temptation. They are trapped by many stupid and harmful desires which drown them in destruction and ruin.
“Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’
“For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
“So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
Hey, it’s my birthday!
So let’s talk about babies and stuff, okay?
How do we come into this world?
How do we arrive in the mission field?
Naked and helpless.
We’re completely dependent on others for our daily survival.
Our only superpower is the ability to cry out in our discomfort.
Hoping that someone will be merciful and attend to our needs that we cannot even give words to.
For we don’t even know yet how to speak.
We arrive with no reputation.
We have no history.
And no legacy.
All we are is someone’s son or daughter.
That’s how we’re born into this world.
A blank slate.
And that’s how we’re born into the Kingdom.
We have not yet been clothed in Christ and His Righteousness.
Until we’re born again.
Apart from God’s Spirit, we can do nothing.
A body with no spirit is dead.
We don’t know how or what to say until the Holy Spirit moves us to speak.
Our past is irrelevant.
Dead and buried.
Nailed to the Cross.
Covered by the blood of Jesus.
Our future is unknown.
We don’t even know what we are.
What did God create us to be?
His plan unfolds day by day.
With the turning of each page.
Who is my mother? Who is my brother?
Those that do the will of the Lord.
The Church is the Bride of Christ.
Married to Christ in the Spirit.
They become one.
They are becoming one.
He is washing His church.
Until she is without spot or wrinkle.
She will be a pure and spotless Bride on that day when we celebrate the marriage supper of the Lamb.
The Lamb of God, sacrificed for all.
We are all brethren in the Lord.
We are family.
God is our Father.
Jesus is the firstborn of many brethren.
Those who do the will of the Lord.
Pretty simple to understand right?
So what is the Kingdom of God?
It’s not an earthly kingdom.
It’s a spiritual Kingdom.
It’s where God rules and reigns supreme.
It is inside of you.
When I humble myself under the mighty hand of God.
The Kingdom advances with every soul that awakens to the reality that Christ is King of kings and Lord of lords.
So what is the role of the evangelist?
They are like a midwife.
They help you give birth.
They help you get born again.
You’re birthing something within yourself.
The word of God is a seed.
Planted deep within your soul.
The spirit is meant to rule and reign over your soul.
That’s why you can command your soul to do things that your flesh doesn’t like.
Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God.
I used to be a computer hacker.
Now, I’m a life hacker.
The word of God is our source code.
And Jesus is our project manager.
And the product we’re working so hard at to release to the general public is the Kingdom of God.
You have your marching orders.
Get to work.
Go and make disciples of all nations.
And to God be the glory.