The True Child of The Kingdom
Just before Jesus Christ was going to be crucified, He prayed a prayer for all His disciples (including all those that will become disciples based on their testimonies) in John 17, that God the Father should keep them whilst in the world. Not that they should be taken from it, but to be protected from the evil one. Whenever I remember these Scriptures it reminds me that this world, no matter how comfortable, enticing or discouraging it may be or become is not ‘home’. Each human being on the face of the earth is on his/her way to a permanent home: Either in Heaven or Hell! If this position is true, the next question that should come to our heart amongst many others is: What manner of people should we then be? Unfortunately, the world has seeped dangerously into the Church such that it is quite difficult to differentiate a child of God from those of the world. You may argue that we cannot isolate ourselves from the world if we must influence it for God. Very true, but the question remains, how do we go about this without getting corrupted? The Bible warned about this in Jude 22-23: “And refute [so as to] convict some who dispute with you, and on some have mercy who waiver and doubt. [Strive to] save others, snatching [them] out of [the] fire; on others take pity [but] with fear, loathing even the garment spotted by the flesh and polluted by their sensuality”. (AMP). So many have come up with all manner of spiritual exercises but have their roots in flesh, thus they do not help those that adhere to them by drawing close to God.
Mordecai was a man that lived in dire times: Times of affluence, opulence and wickedness. Despite the prevailing circumstances he kept his identity. He introduced himself as ‘Mordecai, the Jew’. The amazing thing was at the end of the Book of Esther – the Bible records “For Mordecai the Jew was second to king Ahaseurus and was great among the Jews seeking the good of his people and speaking peace to all his countrymen” (Esther 10:3). Mordecai retained his identity (a Jew). He did not forget his call/mandate to his people despite his high and prestigious position in an empire that comprised of most of the known world then. Friend, as a child of God, have you relinquished your authority and forgotten your primary mandate? The position you hold now is not by your prowess, intellect or who you know; but by the mercy of God. How has the position helped to seek the welfare and good of the people of God? How have you used your lofty position to speak the gospel of peace to your fellow brethren? So many will declare it is their time ‘to shine’. Great, but ‘shine’ to what end and for whom? True: You walk in authority and move in miracles and a child of the Kingdom of God. Awesome! NOW, live like one! God bless you.