Our church theme for 2016 is Kingdom Life. All throughout the Gospels, we read of Jesus not only teaching about what Kingdom Life is but, more so, He demonstrated Kingdom Life to those He interacted with every day during His time of ministry on earth.
Jesus demonstrated this through His love and compassion as He went about healing those that were sick, freeing those that were bound, bringing revelation to those that were spiritually blind, feeding those that were hungry… The list can go on and on.
When we are born again, the Bible tells us that we enter into the Kingdom of God. We become citizens of His kingdom. Anywhere around the world you go, every country has its own set of rules or patterns of behaviour that the citizens are asked to live by if they want to be part of that country or kingdom.
If we are to be part of the Kingdom of God, in the Bible we can find how we are to behave and live under the King’s domain. Being part of a Kingdom also means that we share in fraternity with the other citizens. And it is with others that we live out what Jesus taught.
We have been given the power to ‘lay hands on the sick and they shall recover.’ We have been admonished to bring revelation to those that are spiritually blind through sharing the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus. Through His death on the cross, Jesus forgives us of our sins when we repent. And because we have received such great mercy and forgiveness, it is possible for you and I to extend forgiveness and mercy to those who hurt us.
Being born again is the start of our journey in the Kingdom of God. Just as each part of our physical body has a function, so too, you and I in the Kingdom of God are part of the body of Christ and have a function and purpose!
The Bible tells us that it is in God that we ‘live and move and have our being.’ As you journey in the Kingdom, be mindful of what God has called you to do. You and I have been empowered with the Spirit of God for a purpose!
Just as Jesus demonstrated Kingdom Life to those He interacted with every day, I encourage you to do likewise. Demonstrate the Kingdom Life to those you interact with today… Not just those that believe in God but also to those that have not yet committed to the Kingdom. Love, forgive, teach, bless, encourage, pray…
This is what we are called to do.
This is a post from Jena Grech, the Assistant Pastor of The Pentecostals of Sydney and author of “Fruitful in the Land of My Affliction”