South City Reformed Baptist Church

What now for those who are in the kingdom of God

We look forward to the day when the King will come. But we sometimes forget that we are in the kingdom already. "Oh yes, oh yes, I'm a child of the King / His royal blood now flows in my veins" [Skeeter Davis]

As children of the King, how then are we to live? Matt 6:33 SEEK FIRST THE KINGDOM OF GOD AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS |||| WHAT DOES IT MEAN? How are we going to sort out our priorities for the tasks that lie before us today. This scripture tells us that we need to put the King and His kingdom FIRST in our everyday living. |||| HOW DOES IT WORK OUT IN PRACTICE? What's it going to look like in my life? The Christian' whole life is governed by the Christian worldview, which is Christ first. Paul summed up his life like this - For me to live is Christ and to die is gain.* How and why did Daniel end up in the den of lions. He ended up there because he put God first. He prayed "as he had done previously."  In other words GOD IS FIRST.* Peter and John were told not to teach in the name of Jesus, but they replied, "We cannot but speak . . ." In other words GOD IS FIRST. * Three examples in Luke 9:57-62. In each case Jesus was saying GOD MUST BE FIRST. ||||| WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT

It is important because with this exhortation comes a promise spoken by the One who cannot lie. When men and women put God first, all other things they need will be added to them. God will take care of them in life and in death. This will not make sense to those who do not know Jesus. The life we live has been ordained by God and part of His plan is that we seek Him first. Mark 10:28-30 The disciples left everything to follow Him, and the Lord assures them everything, including persecutions, and in the end eternal life. 

This command is not just for the individual believer but also for the body of believers. The church must meet for fellowship and prayer. We do not know what the morrow holds for us, except that we will have troubles. The Lord wants us to keep God first, to keept the kingdom of God first. 

1 Corinthians 10:31 Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. Psalm 34:9-10 Oh, fear the Lord, you His saints! There is no [a]want to those who fear Him. The young lions lack and suffer hunger; But those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing.

||||| Let us commit our lives to Him, to put Him first, and to keep every consequence of that in His keeping.


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