How to live your life kingdom first series conclusion/summary

If you didn’t get a chance to read part 5 you can read it here.

This series has contained a lot of things that pertain to how we should behave and act towards other people. With that being said, the gospel message has never been about behavior modification. It has always been about Jesus Christ. You can not change people, and I would even say it is very hard to convince people, but Christ transforms people. This transformation is one where He transforms you into His likeness, and through this transformation if you are truly becoming more like Him your behavior towards other people will change because He sees people through the finished work of the cross.

We should offer our complete selves to God, and allow Him to perform an inward transformation, and completely change our minds because the truth is that they need to be changed. We conform to the standards of the world in so many ways, and the church mixes and blends the ways of the world with the ways of the king and His kingdom in so many ways. There is so much around us that is counter to the kingdom yet sounds spiritual that we must let Him do continuous internal transformation in order to avoid the traps and pitfalls.

We have to remember not to think more highly of ourselves than we should, we need His continuous help on our journey through this life He gave us. We also have to remember that our perspective isn’t the only perspective, and to show sincere love to others even when they disagree with us. We should use the gifts God has given us to serve other people, even if they have a different perspective on things. We should work hard in serving the Lord and His people loving them and showing them respect.

Care for people, be concerned for people, bless people, and so on. This is not just for those you agree with, or like. The bible even says to do this for our enemies. Do everything you can do to live in peace with people. One thing I tell people is to always try to do what you know to be right in the Lord, and don’t worry about other people being hateful and trying to make themselves your enemy. Just as the Lord continues to work in you, He will continue to work in them. I have never had anyone apologize to me after I got mad and acted foolishly; however, I have had people apologize to me when I didn’t react and they felt their own conviction later on. (I have also been the one who needed to apologize)

This is the life that we are called to live. One that is humble, and patient. One that shows love, and seeks to maintain unity with our brothers and sisters. We are all one as the body of Christ, none of us more valuable or better than another. There is not a one of us that is no longer in the transformation process. We all have struggles along the way, but we also have unique gifts and abilities to help each other along. We may only know in part, but we should use that part to live a life that reflects Christ, not the world. The world seeks to acquire, gain, and make self bigger. The nature of Christ seeks to give, become less, and make God bigger.

I hope this series has helped you in some way!

Live you life kingdom first!

God is for you, and I am for you!

Scriptures: Romans 12 and Ephesians 4.

 

 

 

Discipleship

I think we have a discipleship problem in America. It is my thought that one of the major issues we have is that true discipleship requires a deeper relationship than what we want to commit ourselves to. I think studying Jesus’ life shows this to be true. He had deep relationships with the 12. In a social media world of surface relationships we don’t want to connect very deep. I mean who has time for that in this culture anyway? We have to make an intentional choice to commit ourselves to Christ, and others.

Jesus said follow me and I will make you fishers of men. This one statement shows us a lot about discipleship, but for now we can just quickly and simply say follow Jesus, and He will transform you. This helps us understand what we are supposed to do. Connect people to Jesus, and support them as Jesus transforms them into who He has called them to be. That will be the perspective of this post, and several upcoming discipleship posts.

How do we disciple? There could be a lot of different answers to that question. I have a desire to be able to answer that question, or at least respond with an actual blueprint on how anyone can connect to Matthew 28:19 and go make disciples because we are all called to do it. From my experience I think there are three major stages in the process, and each stage contains three major steps. So lets look at stage 1, step 1 a little bit today which is love.

This is not just love others as yourself. Jesus said in John 15:12 “This is my command, that you love others as I have loved you.” That is a challenging statement. However, from what I’ve learned it’s pretty much impossible to go beyond the surface with someone until they feel like you love, and care about them. Love people in their victories, and defeats. When they are easy to get along with, and when they are hard to get along with. When you like their personality, and when you don’t. When they agree with you, and when they disagree with you. When they tell you what you want to hear, and when they challenge you. Etc.

People may give you their ear, and listen to what you say. They may even give you their mind, and think about what you say. However, until they feel like you love them they will not give you their heart, and take in what you say. Discipleship requires people to take things in and go through a transformation process.

Remember this isn’t about turning someone into who YOU want them to be, it is helping them become who JESUS has called them to be. I would also say you don’t have to feel like you need to disciple everyone, but you should disciple those He has given you out of this world.

Next time we will discuss stage 1, step 2.

Live your life Kingdom first! Love people!

Levi