It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter. Proverbs 25:2

 Many people have equated their identity to what society has deemed as their role in life, their work, or their families. These things do not define who we are nor our purpose and not even our reputations can define us. They have listened to a society and culture that has devalued them to a point that they have failed to connect with their Creator and His purpose for their lives.  God the Creator of mankind is the One who defines His creation and their purpose as His image bearers. That is our created purpose; to reflect the image of God, be the love of God to others and to show the mercy of God while we are on the earth.

Genesis 1:27  So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. 

Instead of finding life and their identity in God’s purpose, some may look to themselves for value and purpose in their vocation but this will not satisfy their God given destiny. Men and women have looked to their positions, careers and roles as husband/wife or father/mother to find their purpose, but these are only roles they do not define who we are.

God the Creator, the Master Engineer and the Maker of mankind (male and female) is the One who defines us and our purpose. God’s purpose and design for us did not change, we were created to look like God, our Father and reflect His image on the earth. We must see our value and purpose in God, apart from the influence of this fallen world and the lies they have trained us to believe.

Genesis 5:1-2 This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him; Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created

God made man in His likeness, male and female created He them. Many people believe mankind’s purpose is to reproduce and give birth to human beings in the natural sense but that is only one part of who God created mankind to be. Humans are a triune being; we have a body, and are a living soul and spirit. 

God who is Spirit made mankind in His likeness, a spirit.  He formed man a body from the earth and mankind became part of this natural world.  The Godlike spirit went into the earthly body and as God breathed His breath of life into mankind and they became a living soul.  The soul is the very essence of who we are it is our psyche, which is the core of our being; the mind, will and emotions and all were one with God, until the fall.  

Genesis 2:7 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. KJV

The natural body came from the earth and God commanded that all earthly and natural seed will produces seed after its own kind. The soul is God’s gift of life, that is to say every person’s individuality and their will and the spirit was the created likeness of God. 

The word Adam in the Hebrew comes from a root word that means earth or ground and Eve comes from a root word that means to breathe or to give life.  Woman was not an afterthought she was there in the beginning when God created them both male and female in His imagewith His character and attributes with the purpose of recreating God’s likeness and image upon the earth. Adam is representing the natural body and Eve the spiritual breath of God. When both the natural and the spiritual come together as one they can complete God’s purpose, that is to reflect His likeness on the earth.

It was the God like spirit that died the day man disobeyed God. The Holy Spirit is God’s Spirit that is brought back into fallen mankindthrough faith in Christ. We are born again as a new and living creationin the family of God. However, our psyche, mind and emotions are still rooted in this fallen world’s teaching. We were taught and educated to a perverted way of thinking and were living without the knowledge and the truth of Christ. This is why we are told to renew our minds by the word of God, so that we can change our psyche or the essence of who we are and the way we think and view others.

Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. KJV

When we understand and operate in the fullness of our God givenpurpose as both male and female then we can change the life we live andhow we engage a world that is full of hate and lies. We can change our natural response into a supernatural response to reflect the love of God. This is our purpose as a new creation in Christ that is to love others as He has loved us.  Through faith and belief in the love that God has for us we will be able to show this love to those who are lost, in darkness and are hurting. Because we know and understand God forgave us and loved us when we were lost and in darkness.

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. KJV

Love is the hallmark of a true believer and of us being a new creation in Christ. The love we have and show to others is the reflection of God. Nothing else defines our relationship with God like His love, not church attendance, not tithing, not fasting not even being a prophet but it is the love we have and show to others.  It takes the power of the Holy Spiritin the heart of a born again believer to reflect the love of God and His likeness in the midst of a crooked and perverse world.

John 13:34-35 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.  By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” NKJV

 Some people fail to see what Jesus brought back to mankind, their identity and their purpose to be children of the God. With a born again spirit we can show His love on earth to His creation, His people. When we have the Spirit of the living God in us, we too can breathe His breath of life into the lives of others by continuing to display God’s love.

Through our example, others may choose this life, to be born again, so that they too may fulfill their created purpose, to thereby breathe life into a soul that is dead and to reflect the love of God on the earth.  God’s word living in us will transform our mortal bodies into the likeness of Jesus who gave Himself that others may live. 

 

Those who have accepted Jesus as their Lord, God have called themkings and priests on the earth. These are God given earthly positions that have certain roles, functions and responsibilities upon the earth. We see these roles displayed in the life of Christ, the One in whom we are to get our identity and should also mimic, impersonate and imitate while we live on this earth. As image bearers of God and Christ followers our purpose is to display the love, mercy and the forgiveness of God whichbrings glory to His name on the earth.   

1 Peter 2:9-10 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; 10 who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy. NKJV

We were chosen by God to be royal priest to God, His own special people who will proclaim Him in this dark and perverted world and intercede for those who are lost.  Through faith in the completed work of Jesus, people from every tongue, tribe and nation are able to come to God, to know and worship Him and to reflect His image on the earth. 

Humanity went astray doing what they wanted and turning their backs on God.  God called Abraham and made a nation of people, the Jews, to represent Him on the earth.  God promised to send the Righteous Lamb of God, Jesus, who would one day come to take away the sin of the world.  Jesus, our High Priest would become the sacrifice to God and represent the people before God and to pay the price so that God would forgive their trespasses and sins.  Jesus sits at the right hand of God and intercedes for His people

The earth and all that was in it was given to humanity, but they took their authority and deeded or titled it over to Satan in the fall. Mankind transferred their right to rule to Satan and that is the reason there is so much hate, death and destruction on the earth.  Jesus came as the Son of Man and through His life, death and resurrection recovered and restoredthe Kingdom of God to mankind so that those who believe in Him would now have a new life, a new way of living in His Kingdom on the earth. 

God has called these true believers and true followers of Christ, kings and priests to show true love to people who are in desperate need of love and end up in deception of perverted since of false love.  They are to show the forgiveness of God to those around them and those who have wronged them in this fallen world.  Through forgiveness the world may see God’s love displayed on the earth in them.  Christ followers are made kings and priests and they are to perform these duties in the kingdom of God on earth. Through faith in Christ we are able to be set free from the bondage of sin, hate and blame and become co-workers with Christ in this earthly realm which God has given back to us withthe authority to rule and to reign.

God revealed Himself as King of the heavens and He has given mankind the opportunity to rule as kings in the earth as He rule in the heavens. God established His people as kings to rule their kingdom, the areas which they live and as kings they are accountable for the realm in which they reign.  A king’s role is to protect and defend their kingdom from their enemy and hostile attacks.  The king is charged with keeping the peace in his realm, they establish laws and the administration of justice and to resolve disputes. A king is the protector of the poor and provide for those who are in need. We see these things displayed in God’s character and His relationship with His people. These are the qualities and character traits God is looking to see in His Children as royal kings on the earth, who represent Him and His kingdom in the earthly realm.

Psalm 115:16 The highest heavens belong to the LORD, but the earth he has given to mankind. NIV

Jesus became the Everlasting High Priest, as He made atonement to God for all mankind and He is interceding before God for His people.  Thistoo is the role of every follower of Christ, to be a priest praying to God and making prayers of intercession for those who are lost and those who are in the realm of our influence. Christ hung on the cross asking God,His Father, to forgive those who nailed Him to the cross.  We too should pray for those who press into our lives, which have misused and abusedus, because people do not know who we are, we are children of the Most High God. Forgiveness is not a natural trait, it is supernatural and we must ask God to help us and to give the forgiveness we need.  

Hebrews 2:1418 Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. 16 For indeed He does not give aid to angels, but He does give aid to the seed of Abraham. 17 Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. 18 For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted. NKJV

Again, for those who do not know their purpose, Jesus came to be our example as both King and Priest. We too can do what is just in an unjust world and intercede for those who have mistreated and offended us. We are to pray to God that He will give us the forgiveness we need to overcome the hurt, the pain so that we may become a facilitator for change. We can pray for God to use those hard situations and the wounds that we have experienced, to save a life or a soul for eternity. We too can pray, Father forgive them because they do not know what they are do!

Now what does God require of us as kings and priest?

Micah 6:8 He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God? NKJV

 

 

John 18:37 Pilate therefore said to Him, “Are You a king then?” Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” NKJV

Jesus came to show us the truth of who we were created to be and the truth of who God is. God is our Father and He loves us with an everlasting love and He sent Jesus to bear witness to this truth. Believing the truth of God’s word was the first battle in the garden and it is still the battle that every person will face in life today.  Everyone will stand at the crossroad of life and decide whether they will listen and obey the voice of God or listen to Satan’s lie.

Matthew 27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? That is to say, My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me? 

Jesus was forsaken by God the Father because He took on our sin and now we can take His position as sons and daughters. Jesus paid our sin debt of death so that we could receive His righteousness and His abundant and eternal life.

Luke 23:34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.

In the midst of being crucified and being offended, insulted and hurt by others, Jesus prayed to His Father, to forgive them, because they do not know what they are doing or who they are doing it to.

We are told to forgive, if our Father in heaven has forgiven ussuch a great debt, our rebellion against God and the death of His Son, surely we can forgive others.  People hurt people because they have been hurt. Many people will look at us and will not know who we are, though we are children of the Most High King. God may allow us to be in situations like His Son Jesus, so that we may pray for those who abuse and misuse us. We too can ask God our Father to forgive them so that He may bring eternal salvation into their lives. 

John19:26 When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he said unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! Then said he to the disciple, Behold they mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home. 

In the midst of His own pain and agony, Jesus was concerned, caring for others and those He would leave behind. Jesus gave His mother Mary another person in her life to be a son to her, the disciple John. To John, Jesus gave him His mother Mary to be someone he could care for and show his love. Both John and Mary were losing a person they loved dearly but Jesus gave them one another so they could comfort and to be a blessing to each other.

John 19:30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, it is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

Jesus said, “It is finished,” His work as the Son of Man on earth was completed. Jesus is the Son of Man who would represent all men before God and He paid all that was owed by all mankind. It is finished, nothing missing and nothing lacking. We can now come boldly to the throne of God to receive forgiveness, grace,mercy and His love. 

This is the message of God and His truth. God loves those created in His image and they are of great worth to Him. God is our Father and He loves us with an everlasting love and so much so that He sent Jesus to bear witness to this truth and to bring us into the family of God. 

Only we can decide to believe the truth of our identity in Christ, that we are children of the Most High King and we are here to represent Him on the earth. The first battle in the garden was a battle of truth and lies and every person will face that same battle in their lives today.  Everyone will stand at the crossroad of life and decide whether they will listen and obey the voice of God or listen to Satan’s lie.

When we believe right, we will live right. When we are in bondage to something, it is because we do not know the truth of God on the matter and who we are in Christ.

The world will know the people of God by the love they have for one another. Christ loved us while we were at enmity withGod in our minds and our actions.  Christ loved us unconditionally; we did not deserve it and could not earn it. Christ’s love was sacrificial.  Jesus gave His life and He died so that we could live righteously, have eternal life and be with God. 

Jesus gave us one new commandment, to love others as He has loved us.

John 13:34 A new command I give you: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. NIV

In the beginning mankind believed the lie of Satan and humanityhas been living in that lie ever since. Satan is the father of lies and has blinded the eyes of this fallen world system so that it would remain in that lie. Jesus came to show us the truth of who we were created to be and the truth of who God is. God is our Father and He loves us with an everlasting love and so He sent Jesus to bear witness to this truth. This was the first battle in the garden and it is still the battle that every person will face in lifetoday.  Everyone will stand at the crossroad of life and decide whether they will listen and obey the voice of God or listen to Satan’s lie.

John 18:37 Pilate therefore said to Him, “Are You a king then?”Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truthhears My voice.” NKJV

There are so many lies that this worldly system has been founded upon and so much so that many people have not heard the truth of God’s word and will find it hard to discern truth from lies. For this reason, Jesus said, He came into the world to be a witness to truth but many will make their culture and ethnic beliefs their preferences. Jesus came to bear witness to what truth really is on the earth, God’s word. From the fall of mankind in the garden to this present age the human race has exalted their rights, pride and self-preservation and their pride has reigned supreme over their lives. 

Pride was the thing that made Satan fall from a position of an exalted angel into becoming Satan, the father of lies.  Pride is at the root of all wickedness and sin in the world. It is because of pride that people will betray their brother, destroy a life and cast down a whole nation of people just so that they may be exaltedand live lavishly on the earth.   Many people are taught to believe the lie that this life on earth is all there is. By believing this lie and through the choices they make many will forfeit their eternal souls for this fleeting time on earth. 

This parenthetical time has a beginning and an end and it is given to allow every person to choose their eternal loyalty and their eternal destiny. Without the knowledge of this truth many people have made decisions based on temporary wealth, money and property, which will eventually perish, and many are forfeiting not only their eternal souls but also, the souls of their children.  This may be done out of ignorance to the truth of God’s purpose and they are blinded by the lies of Satan and seek to be exalted in this present time.  

We see people jockeying for the positions of elevation andcultures and societies developing systems with different measures, methods and processes that will systematically allow some nations and people to be exalted while consuming other nations and devouring God’s people as if they were bread.  Many are forfeiting their eternal souls and those of their people and families for the immediate satisfaction of this present moment for themselves and their clans. This is a horrifying thought, to think when they wake up in eternity only to find they lived lavishly for a moment in time only to spend eternity in regret.  Much like the rich man and the poor beggar whom he would not give crumbs from his table and when rich man died he found himself in eternal torment. He asked that someone be sent to tell his family to change because he did not want them to end the way he did.  

We can only wonder how many people have died and wish that they could change their family heritage and the legacy that they have passed down to their children and loved ones. There is a day of reckoning, a day where the hearts and thoughts of every person will be revealed and it will show whose report theybelieved, the truth that Jesus came and displayed for the world to see or the lie of the enemy.

Luke 16:19-20a,22-23,27-31 There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day. 20 But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate, 21 desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table….

So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels toAbraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried.23 And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom

Then he said, ‘I beg you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father’s house, 28 for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment.’ 29 Abraham said to him, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.’ 30 And he said, ‘No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ 31 But he said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.’ NKJV

Many people profess to believe in God but they do not trust God to be faithful to His word. That is why so many falls into the trap of contending and competing for ill gained riches the world’s way. They operate by the same standard as this fallen world rather than a belief in the truth of God, His word and His love for them.  God knows our needs and will richly supply all our needs according to His riches in Christ Jesus. God has given us a different way, a way of humility and trust in the truth of God’s word that He will provide for His children.

Matthew 6:31-33 Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. NKJV

This is a simple message of God and His truth. God loves those created in His image and they are of great worth to Him. God loved us so much that He sent His best, Jesus, to redeem all mankind back into a position of fellowship with Him not only as God our Creator and King but as Abba Father, our Daddy who is God. However, it is a choice that every person will make for themselves.

When God created humanity He created them as spirit beings that resided in a natural body and He gave them a soul which houses their mind, their will and their emotions. The spirit of mankind had preeminence over the body and soul because it was the likeness of God’s Spirit which He gave to man. The natural body came from the earth and gave mankind the ability to navigate in this natural world and through their God like soul they could expressed their love and worship to God. Their emotions and souls were not then in this depraved fallen state.  We were created to fellowship and commune with God, but with the fall of mankind in the garden, they lost their God given spirit and their true identity which looked like and reflected God’s character.  

Prior to sin entering into the world and the fall of humanity, the very glory of God was on mankind. The Spirit of God, His Shekinah glory,dwelled in them and shined through them and God’s glory was present on the earth. With the fall mankind they lost God’s glory and was thenmarred in a fallen state which allowed the natural body with its fallen emotions to become preeminent in humanity. Mankind became beings who are now self-centered, self-focused and concerned mainly with their personal needs with little concern for others.   

Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. KJV

Mankind had allowed Satan to come in and take over the dominion that God had given them to have over the things of the earth. The God like spirit that was in man died and their God given life, their bodies and their godly emotions became corrupted. Their emotions and will had fallen into a state of depravity no longer reflecting the glory and the unconditional love of God. The prideful, selfish image of Satan had replaced and usurped their God given authority.  But God in His love,mercy and grace would not leave humanity in that fallen state without hope. God promised a Saviour that would come and redeem mankind back to their original purpose, as image bearers of God to reflect His love and glory on the earth. 

The word of God tells us of God’s love for us and His promise of redemption. God’s love is so great for us and we are of such a great worth and value to Him that He would send His most precious gift,Jesus, to be our Savior.   Jesus came to pay the sin debt of all mankindand this is the most generous act of love from God. We are valued greatly in God’s sight and Jesus displayed our worth by coming and giving all mankind another chance to choose God rather than Satan. The enemy would want us to believe his lie that we are of little or no worth, but that is a lie.  The enemy of God would rather we feel worthless so that we would not aspire to fulfill our God given purpose, which is to reflect His glory and love on the earth. So many people walk around believing this lie living in low self-esteem and thinking that they are of no value, while we are of the highest of value and priceless in God’s eyes. 

1 John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. KJV

Many people say they wish Adam and Eve had not sinned against God and they complain that they are paying for something someone else did. However, we all have the same choice we can choose to believe and obey God or believe and listen to the lie of Satan.  Everyone is born intothe state of sin because of the fall of mankind and thereby sin is their natural default position. However, with the death, burial and resurrection of Christ everyone is given another opportunity to make a different choice, the choice to believe and trust God through faith in Christ and to be restored back into fellowship and the family of God. 

John 11:25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live. KJV

Whoever believes and receives by faith the payment of Christ’s blood on the cross for their sins they will be born again as a new creation into the family and household of God. Everyone is given the same chance to once again choose to believe God and receive His mercy.  Those who refuse to believe will continue to live in a fallen world system that is rooted in lies, pride and the need for immediate self-gratification. This is entrenched in the merchandizing of human souls and the devouring as bread, people who are the image bearers of God, for selfish gain. 

Psalm 14:4 Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge: who eat up my people as they eat bread, and call not upon the LORD.  KJV  

What the enemy meant for our total destruction, God in His unfailing Love, tender Mercy and abundant Grace, used for our better good and His greater glory. We were created the highest of God’s creation but we are no longer just his creation, those who by faith receive Christ as their Lord, are born into the family of God. We are now children of The Most High King, heirs of God and joint heirs with Jesus. We are God’s workmanship and we will be like Christ and our old vile bodies will be fashioned into His likeness.

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. KJV

The awesome wisdom of God took fallen humanity and transformed them into His children.  As it is in the story of Pinocchio, who was the highest of Geppetto’s craftsmanship and his delight was lured into trouble and was lost. However, through love and sacrifice Pinocchio was transformed and became a real boy, a son. We too wanted to go our own way and were lured by the things of this world but God would not leaveus nor forsake us. Though the world and the enemy of God will try and enslave and devour God’s people like bread, God has conquered the enemy and given us a new life. So great is the love that God has for us and we as His people are of great worth and value in God’s sight, therefore the opinion of mere man is inconsequential.

 

1 John 3:1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not KJV

2 Corinthians 6:18 I will be a Father unto you. You will be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty NKJV 

 

Christ followers, who are truly born again, should understand that they have died to their old life and all that they were in this fallen world system, whether it be culture or ethnicity. Jesus is now our King and we are part of the family of God. Our allegiance is no longer to this world but to God’s kingdom, His society and His culture. We are to represent Jesus our King and His kingdom on earth. Our citizenship along with our true allegiance must be transferred from this world to the Kingdom of God or our allegiance will be divided between doing the will of God or the will of our natural but fallen culture. 

Joshua 24: 14-15   “Now therefore, fear the Lord, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord! 15 And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” NKJV

This fallen world has tried to cultivate a lifestyle that leads people to live in an irreligious context, where they speak with a since of spirituality, but live a life far from God.  The world will say, everyone is doing it or no one can live a righteous life, and they will try and simulate true believers of Christ into their way of living. Followers of Christ are called to live as pilgrims and strangers in a foreign land. We are told tobe ambassadors for Christ and His Kingdom, to show this lost world the truth of God’s love and His kingdom on earth. The world wants Christians to be uncommitted, to be neither hot nor cold, but this will not only lead to failure but also destruction.

Revelation 3:15-17  I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. 16 So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.17 Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked. NKJV

1 Peter 2:11 Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul  

The world system wants Christ followers to seek after the things of the world, to be prideful and selfish concerns and to keep their roots, their allegiance to their natural pride and their socioeconomic status. The enemy of God does not want God’s people to fully commit to Christ, so when difficult decisions come their allegiance will sway between theworlds way and the word of God.  True followers of Christ must be fully committed to their God and King, if not their loyalty will be pulled into two different directions, between the social and financial pressures of the world and the word of God. 

Our hearts will develop idols that will compete with our allegiance and commitment to the love of God.  When we allow ourselves to be distracted and continuously gaze at the things of this world, these thingswill become our priority, our heart idols and the center of our affection.The world has so many attractions that will try to lure the eyes of Christians from word of Christ. We are told to let our eyes be focusedon what is good and that is the light of Christ. If people allow this world to become their main focus they will eventually find themselves living in darkness. 

Matthew 6:22-23 “The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!

The life of a Christ follower is simple, our allegiance is to God our King and His Kingdom and we are to show the love of God to this fallen world as representatives of His kingdom on earth. It is simple but not necessarily easy. We are called to love God above all else even self. These are some hard lines drawn for true followers of Christ to live by,but it is a choice, we are not forced to come. Everyone is allowed to choose their destiny as an act of their own will and as a result of their own actions and decisions. 

1 Kings 18:21 And Elijah came to all the people, and said, “How long will you falter between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.” But the people answered him not a word.NKJV

The Bible says many people are deceived by the prince of darkness and he has blinded them to the truth of God’s word. Many believe they can live life the same as the world and still call themselves Christian but the word of God tells us we cannot be a true follower of Christ and live as the world.  We can test the authenticity of a true believer in Christ, because true believers choose the love of God above all else. They also,choose to show the love of God and the light of God even in a hostile and dark place. We display our allegiance to King Jesus by the love we show to God’s creation, His image bearers and his kingdom. Our desireis to show God’s love to those who may not be lovely. 

John 13:34-35 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35 By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

The world will know our allegiance is to Christ and His Kingdom by the love we have for one another and by obeying His commandment, to love others as He has loved us. Christ loved us while we were at enmity with God in our minds and our actions. Christ loved us unconditionally; we did not, and could not earn His love. Christ’s love was sacrificial. Jesus gave His life and He died so that we could have eternal life be with God. We are called to die to self-pride and who we were in this fallen state so that we may live a life that will give love to others unconditionally and to show the love of God to those who are lost. This is how we display our allegiance to Christ our King.

 

 

 

 

 

We are told to let the same mind that is in Jesus be in us! What a thought? To know that it is possible to have the same mindset as Jesus. It must be possible or the word of God would not have directed us to do so. To have the same mind as Christ, we must first know the mind of Christ and that is found in God’s word. The lies of the enemy say we cannot be like Christ because Jesus was God and we are sinners, but we are made righteous by grace through faith in Jesus. The world has told us we should not try because it cannot be done and they would have us focus on our own selfish lives and failures rather than the completed work of Christ. 

The reason Jesus came was to restore us back to the image of God so that we would be made righteous before God and so that we could be in fellowship and in the family of God, but we received much more thanwe lost in the fall. Before the fall we were the highest created creatures of God, but now Jesus has come and made us children of God. What the enemy meant for evil God has made it for our greater good.   Jesus died on a cross to pay our debt to sin, to break the curse that was ours so that we may receive His abundant and eternal life in the family of God. Jesus came not only to restore to us what we lost in the fall; our relationship with the Father, our identity as image bearers of God, but He gave us a greater position as children of the Most High Kings. Our createdpurpose is to show the love of God on the earth. 

Philippians 2:58 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,  who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God,  but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.  And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. NKJV

The mind that was in Christ Jesus was one that did not think He was robbed or that God had failed Him when He went through problems. Jesus did not seek to be famous or seek to have a reputation among the masses, but He humbled Himself to be obedient to the word of God,even at the cost of His life. The world will say that this is impossible to do because self-preservation is the first law, of fallen mankind! This was not our created state of being; we were created in the image of God to be in a relationship with God and to reflect His love and purpose to all His creation on the earth. 

We are called the Beloved of God and we are told not to think it strange when we go through trials, loss and chaos as though something is wrong with us or that God has failed us. This is a trick of the enemy to get us tobe faint in our own minds so that we will not persevere and finish our purpose, which is to show a lost world who God is in our lives.

When we know and understand the true Gospel of God, we will focus on the life of Christ, who came and died that others may live. We too can choose to die to self-centeredness in every situation that we experience loss and chaos. We can choose to respond as the world or we can choose to let the life and light of Christ rise in us and shine in those dark situations. God is exalted when we respond in love by the power of the Holy Spirit with a heavenly kingdom perspective lived out on earth in us. God has sent His sons and His daughters into the world that they may show His love to a lost world so others may come to know Him through His children. 

If we suffer for doing what is right, we are told to rejoice and we can rejoice, only when we die to our self-centeredness and to the pride of life, which wants to lift self above the word and knowledge of God.  When God chooses to make us broken bread and poured out wine to save a lost soul, it is then that we should let the mind of Christ be in us. We are not to look for immediate gratification of self but we are to look at God’s eternal purpose and let His kingdom come on earth in us. Though we may go through humiliation at the hands of others, it is only a temporary state, but the possible eternal salvation of a soul is worth so much more than the passing shame and embarrassment we may experience in this life.

1 Peter 4:12-14Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you;  but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.  If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you NKJV

It is through our suffering that the world will see and know the Holy Spirit who lives within us. It is when we experience hurt and pain in our lives that we have an opportunity to respond like Christ, to reflect our true belief in God and His word. If our selfish ambitions rise in hard and difficult times then we will be responding just as the world. We too will allow self and pride to sit on the throne of our hearts and the world will not see God’s power and love. When we humble ourselves under the hand of God and allow the love of the Sovereign God to reign in our lives, even when we are unjustly treated, then the world will see the life of Christ in us and the true Image of God reflected on the earth.   

When Christ was being beaten and whipped by the Romans, He was still the Son of God. When Jesus’ hands and feet were nailed to the cross, He was still the Son of God. When Christ died and was buried, He was still the Son of God. Nothing we go through will change who we are, but how we respond to what we go through will reflect who we are. The righteous tree will bear righteous fruit; a good tree will produce after its own kind. 

We are to let this mind be in us that was also in Christ Jesus; though we are children of the Most High King we are not to seek a reputation for ourselves. We are to humble ourselves under the hand of God our Father and die to the need of immediate self-gratification and allow God to exalt us in due season. We can cast and hurl all our problems and concerns to God. We can trust God to handle them, to vindicate us when we need vindication and to be merciful when there is need for mercy.  We know He loves and cares for us in ways that no one else can.  

1 Peter 5:6-7 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. NKJV

 

 

 

 

 

 

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