Easter - 2018

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Kingdom Perspective!

Mark 3:20-21 & 31-35

20 Then Jesus entered a house, and again a crowd gathered, so that he and his disciples were not even able to eat. 21 When his family heard about this, they went to take charge of him, for they said, “He is out of his mind.”

31 Then Jesus’ mother and brothers arrived. Standing outside, they sent someone in to call him. 32 A crowd was sitting around him, and they told him, “Your mother and brothers are outside looking for you.”

33 “Who are my mother and my brothers?” he asked.

34 Then he looked at those seated in a circle around him and said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! 35 Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.”

This passage is all about having a worldly perspective verses a kingdom perspective. Mary and Jesus' brother had a problem...they saw the world with a worldly perspective. Jesus seizes the opportunity to use it as a teaching moment and teaches a truth that is just as valid today. When we have a Kingdom Perspective and do the will of God, we are not alone but become siblings with Jesus...that makes God our Perfect Father.

Thus, life actions change. These five are big changes that happen when your perspective on life is Kingdom Driven:

  1. You come to church with a destination in mind…I am here to meet Jesus.

A Kingdom Perspective understands that this world is not my home and I am just passing through. A Kingdom Outlook understands this world is hostile to Christ-followers. So, when a person with the outlook that sees the Kingdom, Church is not about me…in fact its not about you either, rather church is about me taking my hurts…my struggles…my praises…my joys…MY LIFE to Jesus! I may like your hat, I may like that we can chat about how the crops are coming or how work is developing, I may even like the coffee at the coffee bar…but those are not why I am here. I am here to take care of business and be with JESUS! I need to worship and I need to demonstrate to Jesus how MUCH HE IS WORTH TO ME…

It is all in your perspective:

  1. Relationships are filled with love and genuine listening.

A Kingdom Point of view is intentional in relationships. Relationships with our Spouses are filled with love and listening. Not just men for woman, but also women for men. Intentional listening also looks for body language and makes the effort to read, study, and learn from the other partner.

A Kingdom Point of view is intentional in relationships with our Children and their children. It is purposefully loving and listening to the needs of these young lives. Biology does not make a parent. It makes it easier to get the job, but the task is hard and it takes work. It has been said and the bible teaches, “The best thing you can do for your children is to have a Kingdom perspective and love your spouse.” A worldly perspective is quick to judge and swift in punishment…yet a Kingdom Perspective realizes that eternal and responds with discernment and wisdom. A Kingdom Perspective at times will guide a child by the answer, “I don’t know, but together we will figure it out.”

A Kingdom Point of view is intentional in relationships with our co-workers, our friends, our neighbors and even in OUR irritating enemies. The question is always, “How would this bring glory to Jesus and build lives…I will not compromise my beliefs, I will not compromise my integrity, and I will not violate you because the culture in which we live allows for it!

It is all in your perspective:

  1. Work is filled with passion.

A Kingdom assessment works with full diligence and dedication. It is showing up 15 minutes early and staying 15 minutes late. It is praying for your boss, your co-workers and your clients…even if the clients bring more finances to another co-worker or maybe your competition. Have a Kingdom assessment is to know that your job is a gift from God and does not belong to you. It is living and understanding that life and your job is but a vapor and that as an employee or owner, God is the owner of all things. We give our first fruits in tithing and in service…all the rest is a loan from Him and he gives us the joy of being stewards of it for abundant living.

It is all in your perspective:

  1. Down time is filled with right living verses sin living.

A Kingdom standpoint is to study the word of God daily and learn to apply its teachings. It is look sin in the face and know that it is wrong. My gut it telling me this is wrong, my mind knows this is wrong and I will not go against the teaching of righteousness and right living just because it feels good.

A Kingdom standpoint looks at wrong living and says, “Get behind me Satan.” I will not allow for sin to dominate my life and compromise my purpose of being a Christ-follower. I am a follower of the Most High King and

I will not covet my friend just because he is retired and worked hard for his/her things and is enjoying them.

I will not lie to a customer to make a sale.

I will not use my words to murder the integrity of another person just because I can or they deserve it.

I will not steal from my employer, even if they will never miss it.

I will not look at the pornography or that person with lust in my eyes.

I will not…I will not…I will not…because I have a Kingdom Perspective and I am just passing through this life to get to the Kingdom that is filled with Milk and Honey…It is filled with Jesus.

  1. You want more…you know this is not it and there is more to come.

Once you have released yourself to a Kingdom perspective…you want more. It is like a rich dessert and a good cup of Tea or Coffee…your soul has tasted heaven it cries out with in you, “Give me another piece of that.”

Your soul knows this is not it…it is what sustains you when your child dies at two months old or any crisis hits your life. I have often said and will continue to say. The thing I most look forward to when I get to heaven is a new heart. I look for a heart that no longer is prone to wonder or sin. Then I plan to find Jesus and just thank Him for letting me in the door. My Kingdom Perspective empowers me with the hope and assurance that as I am thanking Jesus for letting me in the door, He will turn around to an angel or heavenly being to reach for our little baby. He will take Nicholas and put him back into our arms and make all things complete just as he promised.

A Kingdom Perspective lets me come to church with a destination in mind,

it fills my relationships with love and genuine listening,

my work is filled with passion,

my down time is filled with right living,

and it drives me to want more of the Kingdom each and every day.

I am striving for a Kingdom Perspective. You Know I love ya, Don


Faith Jackson said...

Wow! Your heart is showing all over this post, a good heart filled with the light of Jesus. Thank you! I can't wait to see what God has prepared for you - it's gonna be superduper!!!

Don Crane said...

Thank You so much Faith. He is such a great God that is pouring life into each and everyday. It is all about Him that sustains everyday...thank you.