The kingdom of God is a grand and all inclusive place— a state of spirituality where all participants love unconditionally and are unconditionally loved. People share freely without keeping tabs and receive freely without guilt or the feeling of indebtedness, but rather with gratitude to God for His provision, and with gratitude to their brothers and sisters whose hearts God touched to give.
At Jesus-One Kingdom Ministries, we believe in our God-given abilities to change lives for the better through faith in God. Jesus Christ says “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30).
Anyone who comes to Jesus, seeking relief from their weariness and burden, comes to the kingdom of God. And since we are the keepers of the kingdom of God on earth, it is our express responsibility to take care of their ‘weariness and burden’ not only by praying for them but also by helping them out. Jesus Christ said: “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” (John 14:12).
There is no poverty in the kingdom of God. And since Jesus Christ replaced Himself—in His kingdom on the earth—with all of us, He has also charged all of us with making sure that the kingdom principles stay alight. That is mankind’s most honorable duty and we are equal to it. All it takes is a change of attitude.
John, the forerunner of Jesus Christ said it all: “Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.” (Luke 3:11). There is nothing confusing about this command. Yet it is the one command we find the hardest to obey. And we all choose not to think about the repercussions of not obeying this command since everyone disobeys it.
Nothing any of us does in this world affects God in any way. God is in us, around us and all over us, yet nothing we do touches him positively or negatively. He made us and everything in the world and the universe. He was sure to keep our filths from getting to Him in any way at all, not because He does not value us, but because He knew who we are and all the craziness we would bring into the equation.
He could have prevented our craziness from affecting our brothers and sisters, but He chose not to; because keeping us together is the only way to get us to be responsible. God created us in His own image and gave us the ability to operate responsibly like Him. He gave us commandments to ensure that we have the information necessary for us to live responsibly. Upfront, He made clear to us the consequences for adversely affecting the lives of our brothers and sisters.
None of the laws God gave to man was designed to add anything to God—God is perfection already and does not need anything to improve Him. The entire laws and commands God gave to mankind are designed for our own safety, security and advancement. God created us perfect. He created our world perfect, but we mess things up. Poverty, sickness, strife, arguments, death, etc. are all products of human selfishness and wickedness.
Jesus Christ came two thousand years ago to give His grace to us and sacrifice Himself so we may be saved. He did not erase poverty or any of the other ills of society because with the grace we received, we are now better equipped to neutralize these atrocities if we obey God’s commands. That these beastly situations actually got worse instead of better is due to our own failings. We hear God’s commands but refuse to keep them. Therefore we are like people who build their houses in the sand and the wind and storm blew them down.
The blood of Jesus Christ is the power of God and is given to us to show the world what God is all about. The Bible says: “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.” (1 Corinthians 4:20).
We have the power but if we do not obey God, we cannot activate that power. That supernatural healings and miracles are few and far between is a clear indication that we do not ‘carefully’ obey all God has commanded us. We pick and choose what to obey and what not to.
And if we cannot activate the power Jesus Christ has made available to us, then we are all talk and no power. And that brings us to the same level of ineffectiveness as the rest of the world. For that Apostle Paul wrote: “For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel—not with wisdom and eloquence, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.” (1 Corinthians 1:17).