What is Kingdom Living?
Matthew 28:18-20 ESV
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Kingdom Living is a choice! We say that we want to be like Jesus. But do we really? He was a servant. Jesus took upon himself the form of a servant (Philippians 2:7), the Servant of God, and this is an instance of his amazing humility. He - who is the Son of God, of the same nature with God, and equal to him - voluntarily became the Servant of him. He was chosen of God, in his eternal purposes, to be his Servant; and therefore is called, his Servant elect (Isaiah 42:1). Accordingly, he was prophesied to be the Servant of the Lord (Zechariah 3:8; Isaiah 42:1). In the fullness of time he was sent and came not to be ministered to, but to minister as a servant under the law. His infancy in Egypt, where the Israelites were enslaved, was an emblem of that servile state he was come into, and very early he declared that he must be about his Father’s business.
As Chritians, that is our mandate. How many of us really want to serve anyone? As we seek to live as Christ did, we have to make some choices to be more like him. While He lived in the earth, He was not of this earth. He came here with the Kingdom of God inside of himself. Yes, He was perfect, but he lived in a corruptible body that could feel and experience the same things that we feel. He took the time to consult with Father God. He fasted and prayed. He had to pray for strength, and at the end, He didn't want to experience what would happen to Him before He would return the the Father. Therefore, He knows what we experience daily. He knows what it means to be hurt, mamed, spit on, talked about, ridiculed, He knows what it means to walk alone. He knows the sorrows that we have and how hard it can be to stand for righteousness. Jesus came to the earth with all power and authority to defeat Satan, and he did just that. He also chose to become the living sacrifice so that those who believe would be joined back to the Father eternally.