A secret of the Kingdom of God...The getting is in the giving.
September 8, 2014
Jesus shared a lot with his disciples about "what the Kingdom of God was like." Other times, the disciples could see what the Kingdom of God was like by watching how Jesus lived with them. He gave them and us a pattern to live our lives.
Kingdom living is allowing the King Jesus to rule in our hearts. Sounds simple but the difficulty lies in our unwillingness to die to self. Believe me only the Holy Spirit can help us live this way. Kingdom living is upside-down living. It's living opposite to what we might think is the way to live.
Yesterday, my pastor shared with us one of the secrets of Kingdom living. It's simple yet profound: The getting is in the giving. So, what does that look like? Let's say you'd like to have a friend. Then be a friend to someone. Or, you feel as though you're never being encouraged or affirmed by others. Begin encouraging and affirming those you're with, often and regularly. Or, you're finding yourself in need. Give generously to others from what you do have. Don't feel loved? Love others extravagantly. This kind of living brings heaven to earth. So, now the secret's out! Start today bringing Kingdom of Heaven to earth...