The Kingdom of God

peter rigo kingdomWe don’t always start out feeling like it. We don’t always start out with all good news. But we know how to take bad news and make it good by giving God praise. By giving God thanksgiving. By lifting our voice in spite of what’s going on in our life and worshipping God. Lifting our hands when we don’t feel like it, shouting when we feel like crying. Lifting our voice and declaring God is good when everything around us feels bad.

If you live by the direction of this suit that you wear called flesh, you will never likely be happy about most things and most things will likely never satisfy you. But when you get a hold of the word of God and you let the spirit of God come through you and you start going opposite to what you think and how you feel and what your bank account says and what your employer says, and you start worshipping God and you start giving God praise and thanking Him for your great life, that great life will come and that weight will come off.

You’re up for an award right now. In the Kingdom of God, you’re up for an award for believing when no one would believe, and serving where no one would serve, and for loving and investing where no one wanted to be.

The Kingdom of God is backwards from the way you and I live. In our flesh and our mindsets and our culture, we’re taught to get as much as we can, hang on to it for as long as we can so we can have whatever we want. And we’re inundated it in our consumer culture–from our clothing to our food to our cars to our devices–advertising is telling us we need the latest version of everything.

So we live in this type of society and then you hear crazy word and scriptures come along that talk about sacrifice and difficulty and going the opposite way and being dead and buried and it doesn’t compute to us, it doesn’t jive with our society. But when you understand the Kingdom of God and you see how it works opposite to the way you and I work, then we begin to see why God is going to award you.

We need to replace the idea that we need more than we have with the idea that we already have everything we need. We don’t need more, we need to make better of use of what’s already ours.