Do you live life and do ministry in the ways of the Kingdom? You should if you’re a Kingdom person. You do everything in God’s ways, the way Jesus Christ did things in Scriptures. You never follow the ways of men and of this world. The reason why we’re born again is to be a Kingdom person like Jesus is.
The moment you’re born again, God wants you living in the Kingdom right away and be a true citizen there. “Unless you’re born again you cannot see the Kingdom of God,” says John. God wants you born again so you can see the Kingdom. That’s the very purpose of being transformed and regenerated. “Unless you are born of water and Spirit you cannot enter the Kingdom of God.” Next is, you have to enter the Kingdom now—and stay there. Live as a true citizen.
You live and work for the Kingdom. You share the Gospel to people so they too can be part of the Kingdom. You use your money and resources for the Kingdom. Everything is for the King and His Kingdom, because you’re a Kingdom person. You seek nothing except the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. That’s all. And the promise is, all your other concerns and needs will be added to you. God will supply your needs IF you are a Kingdom person.
And you know for sure that there is only ONE Kingdom. The Kingdom is NOT divided. The King is King to only one Kingdom. There are no small empires in the Kingdom.
In men’s churches today, there are many empires, each with its own doctrines. Each has its own founders or “emperors.” God’s Kingdom is not like that. It has only one Founder—Jesus Christ. It has only one doctrine—the entire Word of God. When it does something, it is done completely different from how the world does it.
When choosing leaders for instance, the world opts for those coming from the best schools with good credentials and titles and degrees and then vote on them. Jesus did differently. He chose “those he wanted” [Mark 3.13] and personally discipled them himself. There was no election and his apostles didn’t enroll in seminary or schools. In the Kingdom, serious church leadership training is through a Jesus-style discipleship, supernaturally deep in the Word and empowered by the Holy Spirit, not through bible school or seminary.
Churches today believe that Sunday worship should be done in their religious buildings. But Jesus said true worshipers worship neither on this or that mountain (no special place) but instead worship God in Spirit and in truth. Churches today also believe that God gave us one day out of six to devote for worship. But the Word says God owns our all—including all our 7 days in a week—so that worship should be daily (true Sabbath rest in God is everyday, says Hebrews). In fact, it says meditate the Word of God day and night, [Joshua 1.8].
The church in the world today says worship is what we do on Sundays in church, especially our Sunday worship programs and other activities. In fact, worship programs have become so important these days that churches are practically helpless without them. But Romans 12 says true spiritual worship is when we offer our bodies as living sacrifices (and that’s on a daily basis), holy and acceptable to God. It has nothing to do with rituals or programs we do in church.
In God’s Kingdom, the least is the greatest and the greatest is servant of all. Not so in the church today. They all pursue their masters and doctorate degrees to attach titles to their names and create an aura of greatness. They all want to be great and hold high positions because their worst fear is to become the least. Oh, how they fear being the least and smallest and weakest and the most insignificant of all! Every pastor is out there working hard to have a mega church and a name. They fear being the smallest church.
A Kingdom person belongs to one church—the universal, spiritual church of Jesus Christ—which is without spot or wrinkle or any other blemish, holy and blameless. It is radiant and glorious. He does not belong to any church denomination because he seriously believes God’s will reflected in Jesus’ prayer for all true believers to be completely united [John 17.23].
Finally, a Kingdom person is relaxed and stress free, living a simple, easy, meek and low-profile life while seriously serving the Lord. They have surrendered their lives and efforts to the Lord who promised them rest and an easy yoke.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” [Matthew 11. 28-30]
But the world system gives you nothing but stress and exhaustion, requiring you to do big undertakings and produce endless accomplishments, pedestals and monuments, with a promise of making you great some day. But all you become in the end is sick with deadly diseases and never fully realizing that only God is great, along with the least in his Kingdom.
Jesus said, “Those who wear fine clothes live in palaces.” This is what people want—wealth and its concomitant greatness. But John the baptizer was different. Though he looked small and inconsequential, he was more than a prophet. He worked for God’s Kingdom alone and announced its coming. He talked of nothing else but the Kingdom and its righteousness. He was not just involved in a religious sector like the Pharisees and law teachers were. He represented the Kingdom.
Are you a Kingdom person, or are you just a member of some church denomination?