Just last week I had the pleasure of attending a “family reunion” of sorts. More specifically it was a gathering of brothers and sisters coming together to pursue kingdom relationships. One brother at the meetings I consider to be a wonderful teacher briefly explained how relationships differ but what he called a kingdom relationship is very special. This type of relationship one shares with another is connected by the Spirit of Christ. The common bond among all believers is Jesus. He is our Father and our King.
The most amazing things happen when we relate to one another in His name. As the Spirit of God blows upon us the walls of self begin to crumble and the kingdom within our hearts is manifest. We become a willing participant to the will of the Father.
Hebrews 4:12 AMP “For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power making it active, operative, energizing, and effective; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and the immortal spirit, and of joints and marrow of the deepest parts of our nature, exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.”
What a powerful Scripture! This is what happens when believers come together. The Word of God, who is Jesus, begins to move among us and reveals our hearts. As we relate, everything is exposed whether good or bad. The body, His church, is being operated on by the Master Surgeon. He removes those things that offend, cleanses us and we are healed. All of a sudden the joints and ligaments become connected and each part moves together for His glory.
Kingdom relationships are the riches we share in Christ Jesus. I pray all of us develop kingdom relationships in our homes, community and around the world. All are working to bring His body into the fullness of Him.
I recently received a comment via email about the “Walk it Out” article. I thought it best to clarify any questions about it. I made this statement, “Until you walk away from an organizational church culture, the Bible, events, meetings, etc. you will always struggle within yourself to walk out a kingdom life.” The statement is not intended to bring offense to others who may be part of a structure that has a pastor, a board of elders, scheduled weekly services, etc. Each of us pursue putting on the fullness of Christ individually and corporately as His body. The journey we travel is directed by our Father. The statement is intended to point out the fight within ourselves to keep the ways we were taught by doing things we believe are good. In of itself this it is not wrong to attend scheduled meetings or be involved with this structure. Nor should it be offensive when I make a statement challenging you to go beyond what we have perceived to be acceptable.
The Son of God did not come to dwell on earth as a man. He came that we might dwell with Him in heavenly places. This “culture” sometimes provides us justification for what we do. Anytime we believe we are justified by anything else but Jesus we have forgotten to look into His greatness. It is by the depth of our humility we find the greatness of His glory. None of us are worthy to be with Him. He made us worthy. He made us acceptable in the beloved. He allowed us to be a part part of His kingdom. Why? Because none of us could do it. This is why those who do not go beyond the typical traditional teachings will struggle within themselves. He is calling us into a greater understanding of His glory. The question is, will we respond in humility and admonish the one and only God of all that pours upon us abundant grace and mercy?
Our gatherings here in southern Ohio have been a great time together as we see all the blessings our Father has placed before us. We are seeing some practical ways the kingdom comes as we learn to work together in it. When we, the church meet, the love of God is shared. Each of us bring another dynamic in the meeting simply because we are present. It is not just a gifting or a calling, it is simply knowing who we are in Him. When we relate to one another in the spirit of agreement we enjoy the fellowship of Jesus among us. The very foundation of our unity is based upon a willingness to love one another. It is not what we do. It is being together with one another and desiring to know the “Christ” in each of us.
Without even realizing it we all have the tendency to think church is a place we attend in order to worship God. Church is a called out people whose purpose is to walk and abide in heavenly places. The Scripture says in Matthew 18: 20 “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” It seems most leaders use this passage of Scripture to justify a gathering when a small number of people in attendance does not meet their expectation. Jesus said it requires two or three simply because the Spirit of God would abide in His children. They, the children of Israel, would no longer have to go to the temple for God to be among them. Now the church could come into agreement ANYWHERE and He will be present among them. This was one of two times Jesus mentions the church in the Gospels. It was part of His instruction addressing how to handle a matter when a brother trespasses against you. If we are truly applying these scriptures to our lives the Holy Spirit is among us and we have fellowship with one another.
Until you walk away from an organizational church culture, the Bible, events, meetings, etc., you will always struggle within yourself to walk out a kingdom life. Many still believe their calling is more important than anything else in their lives. If they are not “active” within their calling they are like a fish out of water. Our Father knows all about us and our calling. If we pursue establishing our lives in His order, we will naturally mature into our calling. Many still think this is accomplished by a learning structure such as seminary. You learn to be a family of God by learning how to be a family in every day life. Studying the Scripture is healthy as long as it provides a means of producing the love of God in every day applications. So learn to be a child of the King by walking in His kingdom daily always keeping the Spirit of God at the forefront of everything we do.
Together in Him,