Recently at the gathering of Followers of Jesus I belong too we were challenged with a sweet invitation to join in an exploration of Kingdom service. Not an uncommon occurrence, as we are always challenged to rethink following Jesus... to be a doer of the Word and not a consumer of everything Christian from bumper stickers to Bible covers.
We simply follow Jesus and engage others on the Journey. But simply following is in essence doing what Jesus loved to do, challenging the way people think about what it means to be the kingdom. That being said when your perspective changes to a Kingdom perspective even giving water to the thirsty means something... especially when you serve it to someone in the Kings name. Now stop - There is a mind blowing thought. Water... it's that simple? I don't have to deliver an amazing message full of doctrine and witty acrostics to be impactful for the king? The answer is a resounding "no." Jesus himself said this:
40"The King will answer and say to them, 'Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.'
Could it be that Kingdom life is not what we think it is? What if the next time we saw the homeless in need of food or water, a person in need of clothing, visited the sick, hugged the outcast we actually realized in meeting their need we were not just loving like Jesus we were loving Jesus?
#Lie - Jesus cares about performance. And nothing I ever do is good enough – I’m not good enough. Truth - Jesus cares about people - after all, they are what make up his kingdom. #Trashing the Lies that keep me stuck. cj
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