Leaving the Kingdom of Self
I want to look at the subject of leaving the kingdom of self to move towards the Kingdom of God.
We are generally familiar with the Kingdom of self –
It is about trusting me!
Philippians 2:3 “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit“
We are familiar with this kingdom:
- It is about us and our needs
- We trust ourselves and look out for ourselves
- THIS IS NOT THE LIFE THAT GOD HAS CALLED US TO LIVE
VALUE AND WORTH IN THE KINGDOM OF SELF are Based On:
- Good Looks
- Knowing someone that has one of these characteristics.
Our value comes through our ability to perform!
The Kingdom of God is on a different value system:
- Selfless love
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.”
1 Peter 5:5
“In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.”
“If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all.”
“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
“I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”
“So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
“One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
We cannot accomplish what and who God wants us to be.
The truth is that:
- We can do more
- We can be more
- By doing it His way.
If we do not do it God’s way we will never live out the Christianity we see in the Bible:
- We will be limited
- We will be frustrated
- We will teach our children
Why would the people around us in our families and community trust God -if we can’t?-
- Take trust
- Take commitment
- Take effort
- Takes sacrifice