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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Kingdom Living "

Date published: 03/03/2017
Matthew 6:1, 3-4, 6 "Be careful not to do your 'acts of righteousness' before men, to be seen by them.  If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. 3 give to the needy… 4 …so that your giving may be in secret. 6 When you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father…Your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”  (NIV) 

   In this passage of Scripture, Jesus has an initial message that you should live your life for God rather than for the recognition of man. A dedication for God that is practiced in humility is a wonderful Godly characteristic that should be sought after. However, these three instructions can lead you to the deeper truth of kingdom living. Kingdom living is allowing your life to surpass your needs to allowing God’s heart to be your satisfaction.  

   Almost every activity of life ultimately points back to self. Even acts of righteousness, prayer, and giving that are done secretly can feed your heart with an inner self-righteousness that rewards your efforts. Kingdom living takes you to a higher plane where your needs in life are satisfied by God Himself.  John 4:34 reveals Jesus’ mode of kingdom living, "My food," said Jesus, "is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to finish His work.” (NIV) Living a Godly life is important, but living a Godly life that is a result of hungering for God truly magnifies God alone.  

   Living righteously out of the pure desire of loving God brings you into an alignment with God that satisfies beyond the things of this world. John 6:35 tells how your true needs are satisfied in Jesus alone: “Then Jesus declared, ‘I am the bread of life.  He who comes to Me will never go hungry, and he who believes in Me will never be thirsty.’” (NIV) Acts of righteousness, giving to others, and prayer should be natural outgrowths of Jesus’ life in you. As those outgrowths become the sustenance of your life, your food will subsequently become the “will of God” instead of the “will of you.” Living righteously will no longer be interruptions or activities, but delights that have become your food for kingdom living.  

John 4:13-14 “Jesus answered, ‘Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.’”(NIV) 

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