Monday, October 08, 2007

Opposite World – Part 3

As Jesus concluded his Sermon on the Mount, we will conclude our discussion of “Opposite World” and see how we must put what we have been taught into action. We must live the Kingdom life.

Jesus underscores the fact that his teaching is not just hypothetical or something to hope for. Rather, his teaching is real and must be put into practice – NOW!
Not everyone who says Lord, Lord will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who do the will of the Father.

Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash. – Matthew 7:15-27
God’s Kingdom is here and now; its’ not a fairytale; it’s reality. Jesus very clearly instructs us to “put it into practice” now! It’s not called the Kingdom of Heaven because we just sit around and don’t change until we die and get to heaven. In fact, if we don’t like living by the rules and values of his kingdom right here and right now, why would we think we will in the future?

The Kingdom of God has come in Christ; it is here right now; it will come in its fullness when every knee will bow.

Christ brought the kingdom; he is the King. The power of the Kingdom came in Christ. When we are in-Christ, we have what we need to live in the Kingdom.

You are living in a kingdom: heaven or the world. You are either serving this world or the King of Heaven. Remember, you can’t serve God and mammon (which represents this world). You can’t have a divided allegiance. No dual citizenship is allowed!

In summary, spend some more time meditating on the Sermon on the Mount and seriously examine your life. Ask yourself if you are living like a citizen of heaven or of this world. Where is your allegiance?

Remember, if you are in Christ you are (1) a new creation – born into the Kingdom, and (2) in the world, but not of it – you are a citizen of Heaven. You have but one allegiance!

Let’s live the rest of our lives in “Opposite World” and put the Kingdom of God into practice.

Related Posts: Part 1; Part 2

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