But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:33 ESV
There are two words in which every Christian’s action should be considered and motivated. The words.. “KINGDOM VALUE”. Shouldn’t everything have kingdom value in the life of the Christian? Having kingdom value ultimately will, according to scripture, bring God glory. So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV
The Holy Spirit will work in the Christian concerning truths you may know, but perhaps have not practiced. The world is so built upon self gratification that the question arises, is it even possible to have a kingdom value focus? For ALL that is in the world – the desires of the flesh, and the desires of the eyes, and the pride of life – is not from the Father BUT IS FROM THE WORLD. 1 John 2:16 The world can be so alluring with all that it offers, yet the Christian must remember “the world is passing away” 1 John 2:17 ESV. Jesus knew the temptation of gaining this world; it was offered to Him. Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me. Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written, You shall worship the Lord your God and Him only shall your serve.” Matthew 4:8-10 ESV. You must never forget that everything in life has a cost. You pay with your time, talents, youth, health, relationships, money, and on the list could go. I know “salvation is free,” but it was not to Jesus; it cost Him…His life. Because Jesus didn’t accept the offer of the kingdoms of this world, He was able t pay the price at Calvary for you and me. The Christian must remember the world and all it offers is not important. It offers no eternal value. Jesus said, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?” Matthew 16:25 ESV These words are not to make us feel guilty concerning the blessings of life or to use in judging another person’s lifestyle. These words are to help us reflect upon what is important in life while it is the day. What is important ………. just ask this question; what was and is important to Jesus? It is no understatement to say His life had kingdom value.
Because of His Grace ~ Pastor David