Discipleship

It’s the principal of the matter

To most people, many things in life come down to the principle of the matter, and while that is fine and well, as long as the principle is a guideline worthy of imitation, to the Christian there are many things that come down to the principal of the matter – namely, doing what we do as a disciple because it is expected by the teacher who is Savior, Teacher and Lord.

So remember, a principle of Christianity may not make sense to the world but it’s because the world doesn’t understand the principal behind the matter (1 Corinthians 1:18-25).

You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am.” (John 13:13)

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Simply Taking Jesus At His Word

Sometimes Jesus’ commands may make no sense.

Sometimes we may feel like we know more about the subject.

Sometimes we think we know what’s going to happen before it ever gets done.

Sometimes…well, most of the time…um, okay let’s face it – experience shows that we’re wrong every time we fail to take Jesus at his word!

Jesus isn’t looking for scholars, life-experts, financial gurus, or backseat drivers – Jesus is looking for people who will simply take him at his word.

And when we learn to do this we will receive blessings that we would have never gotten if we had listened to ourself. EA

When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking.” (Luke 5:4-6)

You Can Be a Part of the Kingdom of God Today

Many in the religious world are confused in thinking that the kingdom of God has not yet been revealed, but such thinking would have been a shock to Paul and the first century Christians. The brothers and sisters at Colossi were told:

giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood,the forgiveness of sins.” (Colossians 1:12-14).

Through faith in the gospel of Christ, the citizens of Colossi had become present-day citizens of God’s kingdom, and we can do the same (Philippians 3:20).

The kingdom of God is present in the world today, but it is not a kingdom that originated with the world (John 18:36). God’s kingdom is not limited by physical borders (Luke 17:20-21), nor does it suffer from political turmoil as the leadership remains the same at all times (1 Timothy 6:15). It’s a kingdom of citizens who seek to serve (Luke 22:24-26). It’s a kingdom open to all but entered into by few (Matthew 7:21; John 3:3-5). It’s a kingdom started by the love of God and kept by the strength of God so you can be a part of the kingdom of God (Matthew 16:18-19; Hebrews 12:28-29). EA

And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever.” (Daniel 2:44)

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