Perhaps us over here on the west have forgotten what a kingdom is, we have forgotten what it is like to have a king ever since that whole Revolution ordeal. However we have no problem binge watching entire sitcoms on Netflix.
I continue to run across this idea that we are not called to be fans but followers. Even that word has lost it’s meaning. I am most assuredly not speaking of subscribing to Jesus’ twitter feed, Facebook, or Instagram. Personally I like to focus on the fact that we are a a part of his kingdom.
Jesus is our king. You might be saying “I know that!” But do you live it?
(If the word King still has you hung up, try looking up what Lord means.)
We aren’t called to merely “like” what he says. Honestly we should love the commands he gave us and live by them.
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28: 18:20 NIV
Take note he didn’t merely tell us to make disciples of all nations but to baptize them and to teach them everything he has commanded. He said this with all authority in heaven and on earth. Did you get that? He said this with all authority in heaven and on earth!
Do you bow down to his authority or just whip out your phone and take a picture for your Instagram feed?
How beautiful it is to be a part of his kingdom! To live under the authority of God. The very same God who became flesh, was broken and poured out for us. The same God who cannot stop loving us. He always has our best interest in mind. To not live under his full authority is to cheat yourself.
Jesus isn’t some reality star to be obsessed with. One who makes you feel like you need plastic surgery or nice clothes to rise up and succeed. He isn’t an app that you can just keep in your pocket. He is your savior, your brother, he gave everything for you. And I am sorry to inform you of this, but no one else did.(Actually I am not sorry at all.) No one else gave you the entry into heaven, or the entry into fellowship with the Father.
Let us not just tune in one day a week. Let us not just scroll through our bibles and not bother to consider the power of the scripture. Let us share the Gospel. Let us clothe ourselves in the armor of God not just another tee shirt, button, or bracelet.
And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Matthew 10:7 NASB