Kingdom Values 3

“Jesus calls us to his rest, and meekness is His method. The meek man cares not at all who is greater than he, for he has long ago decided that the esteem of the world is not worth the effort.”
―A.W. Tozer, Pursuit of God

4. Love and Service. The Christ-follower is not egocentric or inward looking, but Christ-focused and other-centric. Fashioned by the One who is the embodiment of love, we are made to love Him and others; to live to serve. We are not meant to be isolated beings – God created us for intimacy with Him and interdependence with others. We must seek to live with authenticity, transparency and vulnerability. In short, our goal in life should be to love the One, and to love the one in front of us. We are truly free when we live to serve, give honour, and prefer others above ourselves.

Rooted in the security of Jesus’ love, our life is not about what we do, but who we are. There is such security in knowing that we have nothing to prove – we are accepted by our Father, completely and wholly. In the same way that Jesus rebuked the Pharisees’ “whitewashed” lifestyles and rituals, God is more interested in our heart than our deeds. We work from a place of relational communion with our God, not task-driven achievement. Is love for God and others the driving force of my life?

5. Word-centred. Our lives must be built on the word of God. The more we absorb the word, the clearer we will hear God’s voice and the more we will be changed by its transforming truth. The word of God has to be the foundation of our lives, otherwise we are building on sinking sand (Matthew 7:24-27). The truth of God’s word, and His promises spoken over us, provide heaven’s blueprint for kingdom living.

6. Embracing the journey. Our lives are not about who we were in our past, or even who we are today, as much as who we are choosing to become. We are in process; we’re on a journey to become increasingly more like Jesus as we believe increasingly like Jesus. There is no limit to the transformation available in our lives, because there is no limit to how much our minds can be renewed (Romans 12:2) or how much of the Lord we can discover:

“And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3:18)

The various seasons and trials of life help to shape our character and to “form Christ in us” (Galatians 4:19). God’s power is made perfect in our weakness. There is purpose in the tests we face because they build perseverance, which the Bible says leads to character and ultimately hope. Every test, inconvenience and place of humbling is an opportunity to decide who we are going to become. God, the potter, knows exactly what He is doing with this clay. Our responsibility is to remain soft in His masterful hands.

This article is an extract from 

God Hunger: Meditations from a life of longing


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