Mark 10:23-31 & Luke 16:13
As we come to the close of another year we approach the beginning of another. With a new year we have opportunity. We can look back at what we accomplished in the past 365 days. Looking back is ok, but looking back should never be to the end result of remaining paralyzed in accomplishment nor frozen in failure. We as believers serve the All Powerful God of Creation! And we serve a God who extends grace to those who repent.
As we look forward to a new year let us do as Paul the Apostle who pressed toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus (Phil. 3:14).
Our calling of God in Christ is unto the Kingdom of God, for the Kingdom of God, and into the perfect Kingdom of God. Our text deals with THE KINGDOM OF GOD!
Read Luke chapter’s 14, 15, 16 and you will discern the topic to be The Kingdom of God.
In this new year every True Christian can and should be focused;
1. Faithful to God’s Kingdom Purpose
Jesus came to seek and save the lost. He commissioned the Church to spread the Gospel to the ends of the earth.
Our purpose is not building buildings, not saving money, not spending money, not gaining political favor, not creating a fun hang out, or anything else that doesn’t spread the Gospel. We are building a Kingdom with Jesus Christ and that is the purpose we MUST be faithful to. If our programs do not seek to fulfill this purpose we should replace them with programs that will keep us faithful to our Lord’s Kingdom Purpose.
2. Faithful to God’s Kingdom People
You may be at odds with biological family and world acquaintances when you are really focused on Gods Kingdom Purpose.
You have a family that is fitly framed together for eternity. You should be able to count on your fellow Christians for your legitimate needs.
3. Faithful to God’s Kingdom Principles
Luke is the only Gospel writer that is not a Jew. However he obviously understood what Jews should be doing. But they were not doing what they should. The modern Church is suffering because most lost people know what the Church should be doing and what we should not be doing. And the lost know we are not following the principles of God.
Many church leaders and members have stopped having expectations of members. If Jesus gave commands to believers, and He did, we should expect our “family” to be at least trying to live by God’s Kingdom Principles.