Kingdom Values 1

To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
Rev 1:5-6

1. Intimacy with God. Before I have any other communication with anyone, my day starts with the Lord. There is a reason why the first commandment – which Jesus singled out as being of prime importance – gets us to focus completely on Father God and worship Him alone. This way we are able to relate to others from a safe and solid foundation, from a place of unconditional love, grace and wisdom.

Our lives are, first and foremost, lived for Him. Our main task in life is simply to get to know Him more. As we put Him first, He delights in pouring out His love and power through us, so that it touches the lives of others. Jesus spoke about our essential need for connection with Him – like the branches of a vine, drawing life from their source. From this place of connection, of abiding in Him, we yield rest, peace, intimacy and lasting fruit.

For thus says the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel: “In returning and rest you shall be saved; In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.” Isaiah 30:15

2. Trust and Rest. Trust is a daily posture that believes that God will father us, love us and guide us better than we can do those things ourselves – because no one knows us like Him and no one loves us more than Him. Why should we trust God? Because He is the author of goodness (Matthew 19:17; James 1:17), the epicentre of knowledge, wisdom and power (Romans 16:27, Matthew 19:26), and the incarnation of love itself (1 John 4:16).

When we trust in God we rest from strife and anxiety. Anxiety is, really, the fight to stay in control. Trust lets go of control and yields peaceful rest. We rest in the certainty that God is a good and perfect Father (Matthew 5:48) whose happy responsibility it is to lead us in His plan of righteousness (Psalm 23, John 10); who is always looking forward to spending time with us (Mark 3:14, John 17:21); who is always for us (Romans 8:31) and is always in a good mood, irrespective of how we are. He can fix anything anytime and works everything out for our good (Romans 8:28).

We can choose to trust God at all times (Psalm 62:8), even if we are not sure exactly what is going on (Proverbs 3:5). Indeed, authentic trust must regularly embrace mystery. The bottom line is: God is looking for hearts that are fully His, so He can show Himself strong on their behalf! (2 Chronicles 16:9)

This article is an extract from 

God Hunger: Meditations from a life of longing


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