June 6, 2016
Did you know that God has invited you into a relationship with Him that is greater than any possession, any position, and greater than any other relationship?
You can accept it or reject it. He won’t force you into it. He will invite you. He will attempt to persuade you. But the bottom line is He will allow you to either live your life in this world in fellowship with Him, or not.
It’s a choice between kingdoms, the Kingdom of God or the kingdoms of this world. In the Kingdom of God there is one King…His name is Jesus. He is the incomparable One. He is coming to have first place in everything. There will be no end to the increase of His kingdom, in time and in history. Those who choose His Kingdom enter a journey of being changed into His image, putting off everything in their life that doesn’t look like Him or hinders them from being like Him. They put on the characteristics that reflect Him. That’s what it means to be a Jesus follower. We follow Him because we love Him and His promises to those who love Him exceed our comprehension!
His promise is the forgiveness of sin, a transformation into a completely new creation, and unhindered access to His presence and power.
Life in Him is superior to life without Him. But it’s your choice. You can choose to live your life without Him. You can substitute possessions, positions, power, and people for life in His Kingdom. Here’s what I’ve found…relationship with Him enhances everything else! Think about the words of the Apostle Peter describing life in His Kingdom as “joy inexpressible and full of glory.” (1 Peter 1:8) The Apostle Paul stated it this way, “that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe.” (Ephesians 1:18-19)
What I believe will impact how I live.
What I believe about the Kingdom will impact how, or even whether, I live in the Kingdom.
You’ve been invited into a Kingdom through faith and trust in Jesus Christ as the Promised Messiah of Israel and Savior of the world. Paul says in Ephesians chapter two that “God has made us alive together with Christ and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” That’s not something we are awaiting…that is the present state of all who are a part of the Kingdom of God.
I want to invite you to join me in a journey of discovery. We’ll explore the Scriptures together. I’ll bring insights and resources that will challenge your thinking and, hopefully, advance you in your journey of becoming a fully devoted follower of Jesus Christ.