Those who follow Jesus as King begin to receive the blessings of His Kingdom. We become Kingdom Disciples.
Self-centeredness gradually gives way to compassion. Kingdom Disciples develop a concern, even mourning, for the needy and lost outside the Kingdom. With new eyes we see that this world is not as God intended. Yet God comforts us with the confidence that He has the solution, He has the plan and invites us to be part of it. Yet we must be humble enough to do it His way.
As we saw in the story of the Mouk Tribe, Mark Zook’s pastor said, “The first thing I do is encourage new believers to share this Good News….” More than a pastor’s wise advice, this is a command of Jesus to His disciples, “go and make disciples.” Jesus continues, “Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you.”
Kingdom Disciples do things the King’s way. They obey Jesus’ basic commands:
- Love God, Love Others
- Repent, believe and receive the Holy Spirit
- Be baptized
- Pray and feed upon God’s Word
- Break bread (have communion with other disciples)
- Give generously
- Make disciples
All Jesus’ commandments are summed up in “Love God, Love Others.” When I teach new believers, I draw a cross. At the top left of the cross I write “Love God” and below, on the lower left of the cross, I list three commands related to loving God (Repent, believe and receive the Holy Spirit; Be baptized; Pray and feed upon God’s Word). At the top right I write “Love Others” and below I list three commands related to loving others (Break bread; Give generously; Make disciples).
When we humble ourselves and obey, we follow the example of Jesus. “You should have the same attitude…He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death—even death on a cross!” (Philippians 2:5&8)
“So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time He will lift you up in honor.” He promises to bless the humble. As we encounter worries and cares (as all people do), we obey the Word of God, “Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you.” (I Peter 5:6-7) We look to Him for solutions, His plans. The Holy Spirit speaks and leads us to victory. Our testimony helps others see how God blesses us and our families as we do things His way.
Blessed are the humble and God is able to use them to spread the blessings of His Kingdom within their family, among their neighbors, throughout their society and beyond. In fact, they inherit the whole earth!
Question for reflection: Micah 6:8 says, “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?” Personally, what helps you to walk humbly with your God? (In the next two Beatitudes, Jesus gets to the “do justly, love mercy” parts.)
Kingdom prayer: We want to do things Your way. Make us into disciples who through our obedience to You and humility toward others brightly reflect Your Kingdom.