(Originally 2013. Edited 1/1/15) for Sunday 1/4/15
“20/20 Kingdom Focused Vision”
As we come to the close of another year we enter 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 being fixed in past accomplishment nor frozen in failure. We as believers serve the All Powerful God of Creation! 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 Jesus is unto the Kingdom of God and for the Kingdom of God until we enter into the perfect Kingdom of God and see Jesus face to face. 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 Christians can and should be Kingdom focused and faithful to the Kingdom to which we belong. How preacher?
First be faithful to Gods Kingdom Purpose.
I. Faithful to Gods Kingdom Purpose!
Jesus came to seek and save the lost. He commissioned the Church to spread the Gospel to the ends of the earth until the end of the age.
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. How does your activities fulfill Gods Kingdom purpose?
A) Examine your ways.
Have you examined your ways? Do you do things on purpose or do you fly by the wind direction being pulled and pushed by your surrounding circumstances? If you are truly Kingdom minded toward Gods Kingdom doing things on purpose should become priority.
B) Evaluate your progress.
Have you evaluated your daily activities?
Examination should always lead to evaluation. Examination presents facts but it never compares to possibilities overlooked. You may have had countless opportunities to share the Gospel last year but overlooked those opportunities. Examination will filter the results of evaluation and give options for moving forward on purpose.
On Purpose with Kingdom Purpose is how I want to live every day. When we are on Purpose we will naturally consider the second step that always follows the first.
Second, we should be faithful to Gods Kingdom People.
II. Faithful to God’s Kingdom People
You may be at odds with biological family and world acquaintances when you are truly focused on Gods Kingdom Purpose. Jesus made plain the possibility of losing biological family members due to Kingdom Focus. Listen to Jesus from Matthew 10:35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
Your faithfulness to your Faith and Faith Family will put you at odds with those who are not focused on the same Kingdom you are. Don’t lose heart over it. 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. Paul calked the Church the body fitly framed together. We cannot be focused on things of this world and be fitly framed in the Kingdom family.
No man or woman can be married and still dating others without loading his/her family with paralyzing burdens. If a man is dating while his wife tries to raise children you can be sure the consequences are not good. If a woman dates while a husband is busy with taking car of the cars, the lawn, the house and other necessities who will be nurturing the children.
Although Hollywood and Washington would like to rewrite the definition of a family God designed family with specific purpose for His Kingdom, and the Church is no different. We are here as the Church to take the Gospel to all the world and we can do it efficiently only when the Kingdom Family is faithful to one another.
Your attendance matters!
Your tithe matters!
Your service matters!
Your prayers matter!
Your handshake matters!
Your singing matters!
Your amens matter!
When we are faithful to Gods family we are already taking steps toward the third reality of Kingdom minded people by being faithful to Gods Kingdom Principles.
III. Faithful to God’s Kingdom Principles
Luke is the 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. We amen the principles when they are preached but fail to live by them in daily living too often.
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. All families have some kind of governing principles whether stated or not. Even families that seem evil have some guideline they go by. The Muslim follows the Karan, the Buddhist family follows the teachings of Buddha, the Atheist follows a no religion guideline along with laws of the land. Everyone has a moral code even if it is hard to discern, and the family is expected to operate within that code of ethics.
The Christian is called to “follow Jesus!” We will never imitate Jesus, but we can follow Him. We should do what He teaches in Scripture. We are the Chosen to live by principles of a Kingdom that is yet to be fully seen.
Evaluate! Examine! How dies it look?
How will you improve your Kingdom vision in the days ahead?