A brief word on becoming a son

For a very big part of my life I did things in large part in order to gain approval, or avoid punishment. That was the highest percentage of what motivated me. A couple of simple examples: I didn’t want to get in trouble with my parents, or I wanted to get a high five from my boss. It’s a good thing to please your parents and your boss. The problem wasn’t with them, or even in my actions, the problem was in my motivations. This becomes an even bigger problem in our spiritual life, and that is what I will attempt to very briefly explain today.

If I am motivated to serve God because I am afraid of punishment, feel an obligation to serve, seek approval, or feel trapped then I have the mindset of a slave. I know this because all those things are symptoms of slavery. This is very important because if I am motivated by symptoms of slavery, and I have the mindset of a slave, then it means I see God as a slave master. This is a very unhealthy place to be, and a place that will only serve to hinder our spiritual journey.

So how to do we transition from a place of slavery to a place of sonship. The reality is that Jesus has already done it all. Jesus did not partially win a battle, He has the victory in its fullness. This means that if you are in Christ you are no longer guilty, and that is at least one of the key elements. You have to recognize that you are no longer guilty. There has to be a change in the servant’s heart. You have to go from guilt to gratitude. This means that you will no longer be motivated the same way.

It means I am motivated to serve God because of my gratitude for the gift of freedom and redemption. I don’t feel an obligation to serve, I have a desire to serve. I’m not just doing things for approval, I’m doing things out of love. I don’t do things because I am trapped, I do things because I am free to do so.

This change of heart and mindset may only be a part of this transition, but it is a large part. Where a slave has to, a son wants to, and that it is a substantial change within the heart and mind of a person. Where you were once a hindrance to your own spiritual journey, you are now a partner in furthering your journey.

God doesn’t see you as a slave, and I want to encourage you not to see God as a slave master. If you take a look at your life and realize that the things that motivate you are symptoms of slavery, and you want to change that, there is no better time than now. Ask your father God to help you change your mind and your heart in these things. Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

God is for you, and I am for you!

How much time are you spending in the word of God?

When was the last time you opened your bible outside of church? When was the last time you got in the word just because you wanted to pursue, and know your Father? If you want to live your life kingdom first it will require you to seek Him, and His kingdom everyday simply because you want to know Him more, and understand His will for your life.

I think it is important to recognize, and understand that we are taking something in everyday even if it is subconsciously. For example, the culture around us is marketing to the level that the average person sees about 5,000 ads per day which adds up to about 2 million per year. This staggering number does not include watching, or scrolling through the news online. So we are clearly taking things in everyday whether we realize it or not. These marketing campaigns are meant to steer your thoughts, choices, decisions, goals, plans, vision, and ultimately your life. In understanding that I would say it is that much more important that we choose to spend time with God, and spend time in His word.

If we are taking in that much influence, and propaganda everyday, how much more do we need to be taking in God’s influence through His word. It is God’s word, and will that should be steering our thoughts, choices, decisions, goals, plans, vision, and our lives. What the Father delights in giving us is far more precious, and valuable than what these ads are offering.

I will take this just a little bit further. Through Jesus we as sons of the kingdom have been sown into this world(Matthew 13:38), and we have the message of the kingdom to share with those around us. I think that we should be diligent in the pursuit of our Father, and understanding His word so that we can be good carriers of the message of the kingdom, and His new covenant. What I mean is that as good stewards we can offer up 5,000 of our own ads for people to take in. I don’t mean everyone has to go hit the street corner, and start preaching. Simply by letting the Lord direct your course, and your life you will be like a flashing neon sign that sticks out among all of the other ads out there. Be living epistles.

If you are trying to live in a such a way that you align your life with the word of God you are going to stand out. Your family relationships, and structure will look different. How you handle your money will be different. How you view, and treat others will be different. How you operate at your place of employment, or in your business will be different. Furthermore, if you continue in His word you will continue to become different as you renew your mind daily. He will transform you into something greater than you ever thought you could be.

Here is my challenge to you all in your pursuit to living a kingdom first life…fill your hearts, and minds with His word everyday.

Live your life Kingdom first!

Levi