"But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you." (Matthew 6:33)
We know this statement covers our basic needs, but what else is involved in entering His kingdom and submitting to His kingship? What transpires when we step out of the world and step into the kingdom of God?
We receive a new life. Jesus called it being born again, when He discussed it with Nicodemus. It isn't just a re-energizing of our old life. It isn't re-focusing our old life into new interests, turning from one direction, or occupation, to another. It isn't that we were once totally committed to the world, but now we're totally committed to Christ.
It isn't that at all, it is a different life, a life that never existed before, given to us by God, Himself. The vital force of the kingdom of heaven generates a heavenly nature within us. It embarks us upon a heavenly life. We step from the carnal to the spiritual.
A major part of that heavenly life centers in a new relationship with God. It is not that we have decided to become interested in God, that He is now an object for our consideration. It is not that we have determined to try God because nothing else seems to work. It is a relationship which becomes the inmost substance of life itself.
God gives us a new consciousness, altogether different from anything we experienced before. All of this comes because we accept the Spirit of Christ in our hearts.
"I manifested Thy name to the men whom Thou gavest Me out of the world; Thine they were, and Thou gavest them to Me, and they have kept Thy word." (John 17:6)
Jesus manifested the name of God in a way not known previously by mankind. God is no longer only a universal God, Jesus opened our spiritual eyes to see God as Father. He introduced us to a new, specific relationship, available only as the Holy Spirit enters.
God is no longer a God who is far away, unthinkable, all-terrible, someone to fear. He is now Abba, Father. He is a loving, sensitive, relational being, personally interested in us.
Our new relationship develops within us a new internal composition, complete with new disposition, new temperament, new configuration. Our very essence undergoes a change. We are the embodiment of a miracle, something we could never accomplish on our own.
We now have super-natural possibilities and capacities occurring within us and around us. Divine forces work to protect and guide and direct us. We sense that our survival is because God exercises His power over immense hostile powers. We are kept safe by God's power!
Our rebirth is a miracle from start to finish. It is a spiritual transaction, above and beyond the highest human capability. This requires constant vigilance on our part, constant focus upon our Source. If we ignore that requirement, we simply go under, subject to the opposition, for our flesh is no match for the opposition.
We now have something new for which to live, Someone to serve, something to bring into operation for the glory of God. Our new consciousness clears our vision. We finally know why we were born, we finally see a purpose, and it is worthwhile! Our lives have meaning! We are meant to function as an integral part of God's kingdom!
This new life comes to us from heaven, and gravitates us toward the heavenly realm. It constantly lifts and pulls us upward to God.
Earth ceases to be what it was. It was once the center of our lives; everything important was here. But it has lost its importance, its attraction. We recognize there is something far greater beyond earth. Inwardly, the distance grows between us and all that is here. There is another kingdom.
The kingdom has come, yet it is still coming. As we work out our salvation with fear and trembling, God works His kingdom principles in. The process begins at our born-again experience, but there is still much in the future. Each day brings more salvation, deeper conversion, greater transformation.
Like a new-born baby, we have all the potential of life, but we must experience life day by day. There is much more to be known about what our new life implies, what it carries with it and what it may lead to.
There will be no end to the increase of His government...(Isaiah 9:7) We have no concept of what that means. We have no point of reference which allows us to understand what "no end" is really all about. We sense it in our spirits, but we don't know.
When we enter the kingdom, we enter the dispensation of the Holy Spirit. As the Holy Spirit places one hand upon the word of God and His other hand upon us, revolutionary change takes place. Our outlook, our procedure, all our fixed mentality is shaken to the core. Revelation comes and uproots our old belief systems.
We find ourselves hanging on for dear life, totally dependent upon God, rather than upon men. It is a new, exciting walk we wouldn't trade for anything. The original purpose for our lives is now beginning. As we stay focused, it is realized and fulfilled. We are now in harmony with the universal purpose of God. There is no greater reason for existence! That is kingdom living.
Once we enter the kingdom, we take the Holy Spirit's hand and allow Him to lead us in Jesus' footsteps. Now that our whole inner life is drawn toward God, we have the privilege to become disciples.
We lay down our independent right to our individual selves, and let the character of Jesus Christ rule our hearts. His goal becomes our goal, His purpose our purpose. Our walk is now a kingdom walk. This is what Jesus was talking about in Matthew 6:33. This is what He told us to seek first.
Jesus is King!
P.S. What are you doing of eternal value?
Question for today: Am I resisting God's changes in my life, or have I given Him my right to myself?