Kingdom Principle: God provides worth & wisdom, you are to give him your work as worship.
Work as if your Worth depends on it, Live in Freedom because it doesn’t
|Isaiah 12||Isaiah 65:17-25||2 Thessalonians 3:6-13||Luke 21:5-19|
Life in the Kingdom Come is filled with meaning & purpose – this is embraced in discovering your worth. This post does not directly address worship, as other have, but here the call is to live your life in the fullness of the Kingdom. Which is to live your life (an expression of labor) as an act of worship. Every second of your life is designed to be significant – God wastes nothing, for in Him we move and live and have our being. (Acts 17:28) When we go through life without capturing each moment’s meaning and purpose, we may still appear to others as busy, but it is more likely we are busy-bodies avoiding looking clueless and dizzy. We miss our meaning and purpose as we are flooded with Fear & Anxiety which lead us into idleness or idol bliss. Idleness quickly leads us to worship our own control and comfort, idol bliss quickly leads us to worship our own creations.
In idleness we are without purpose and direction – hear believers retain their faith – but have no action. When our hands are idle, they become tools of wickedness. This is not a call to be busy, rather it is a contrast to what most value as important is truly acting as a busybody. Busybodies can be overly busy, or consumed by their to do-list which actually freezes them from doing anything productive. Regardless of “production or not” our call is to find ourselves, being at peace with the King filled the joy of the Kingdom.
Idol bliss is found is often outwardly seen as the opposite of idle. When we are “busy” and our life it full it can quickly become a state of idol bliss. In this pursuit of bliss, we are building our “kingdom” rather than seeking first the Kingdom of God. In this state we are exchanging Heaven’s blessing (favor) for idol bliss. In both idleness and idol bliss we become frozen in fear or driven to performance.
Jesus say’s “Follow Me”, Paul says “imitate me” – this is not a mimicked act or copying of what they are doing but in the discovering of how they live and their being. It is an invitation into intimacy and discover of one’s true identity. They (Paul & Jesus) live a life of intimacy with the King of the Kingdom, which revealed their calling, and purpose in this world. Paul calls the believers to follow the example set for them, and to hold to the teachings (traditions) they have been given. There is a thread throughout all of history (as it is His Story) which breaths live into our being. (Genesis 2:7) Where are we find such an example today? Who’s teachings and traditions are the right ones?
Jeremiah says is this way, (6:16) This is what the Lord says:
“Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths,
ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.
The good way is under the care of the good shepherd. Meditate on Psalm 23, and as yourself, am I walking in this teaching, does is produce life in my being? Jesus echo’s Jeremiah (or is it the other way around in Matthew 11:28-30
28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 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. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
The yoke of Jesus is his teachings and ways of life. Paul offers us the same call; to move with a clean conscience, not to fear or worry about defending one’s self, but to expect and overcome persecution and to press into the work hard which must be done. In this way we shall never getting tired of doing what is good.
How do we live such a life?
We first stop trying to interpret and solve the issue of the current times. This pursuit will drive us to idle-ness or idol bliss. We are called to be anchored in our identity through intimacy with the King of the Kingdom. In this way we proclaim our inheritance (the kingdom – Matt 25:34, Eph.5:5, Col. 1:12) There is not a puzzle to solve, rather there is a mystery to embrace. This mystery is revealed unto the very body of Christ as the church and why Paul commands us to follow in this way. (Eph. 3:7-13)
Thus to Follow Jesus, to follow the teachings, to imitate, to discover is to celebrate one’s
Identity, Intimacy and Inheritance.
To encounter intimacy with God – experience www.athoe.org the call here is not to solve it, or even approach it as a teaching or “content”, rather it is an invitation to be “born from above” (again).
To encounter identity with God – is a call to formation. There are many tools which can assist you on this journey. On this path, you will embrace the need for Self-awareness, Self-disciple, and Self-reflection. Each of these play a very particular role in your formation www.souleader.org lays out the holistic lens of formation. If you want tangible tools – see the resource box on the side of the blog or simply reply and ask.
To encounter inheritance with God – is a call to walk on earth as it is in heaven. While atheo is an invite to intimacy, (also found in Ps. 23 and Matt 5-7) to live that in relationships around you is to fully express the Kingdom of Heaven as a reality on this earth. www.ocnsandimas.com is being set up to assist this in become a reality. We are invited to transform this world with the power and authority of Heaven at our lips. May we Pray, Declare and Command the Kingdom of Heaven Come!
The invitation has been sent – the banquet hall will be filled – COME, let’s sing and dance of the Joy of our Salvation.