Kingdom Focused Life

April 28, 2022: Jesus has risen from the dead, he is now appearing to the disciples frequently and teaching them things that need to be clarified before he goes to heaven to be with the Father.  One of the questions circling in the disciples’ heads I imagine is “What are we going to do? How will Jesus reveal himself to the Romans and claim his people, Israel?”  Little did they know that he was teaching them this before he died and now after his resurrection to continue the work of the Kingdom without him. They will be the ones to reveal Jesus to the world.  If that is true of the disciples, then it is true for us. The question is, “How do we live a Kingdom-focused life?”  Jesus says in John 14:21, “Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me. And because they love me, my Father will love them. And I will love them and reveal myself to each of them.” [1]  People have asked me, “I have accepted and believe in the Lord Jesus, but I slip sometimes and sin.  Am I still going to heaven?”  The quick answer is yes, but the longer one takes a little explanation.  While we all sin and fall short, Jesus wants us to keep his commandments so he can reveal his character and plans to us.  When he reveals those plans, we can give our lives over to be changed and use our lives to bring the Kingdom of God closer.  If we continue in our sin, sin blocks the roadway that reveals the character of Jesus and what he has planned for our lives.  This is why we should confess our sins daily to Jesus, so nothing stands in the way of our relationship with Him.

[1] Tyndale House Publishers, Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 2015), Jn 14:21.

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