Everyone on earth lives in a struggle between the world and God’s kingdom.
The world is a flashy and glamorous place – with sights, smells, sounds and sensations that turn you on in every possible way.
The kingdom is a breeze tugging at the soul, commanding people to live righteous and holy lives.
The world tells you that it’s important to get rich – that money matters. You should hoard as much cash as you can and have a fat bank account – to buy big expensive things. You need a giant house with lots of land, with a pool in the back shaped like a dollar sign. You need a gold plated Lamborghini with 22 inch rims and diamond studded spinners. The world says you need to live a life of luxury – every whim or desire should be yours!
The kingdom tells you that money doesn’t matter – that it’s better to give than receive. You should sell your possessions to give to the poor and needy. You should live life humbly and modestly – that the love of money (greed) is the root cause of all kinds of evil.
The kingdom says that nothing you have is actually yours. Everything belongs to God and should be used for His purposes.
The world teaches that everything is all about “You!” The planets revolve around you and you are the most important person ever. The world says that if you want it, take it – if you like it, take LOTS of it! The more excess you have, the more awesome of a person you are. You are number one and if anyone gets in your way, crush them like a bug because nobody else is important. Every other person on earth is insignificant and the only role they play is contributing to your greatness.
The kingdom teaches that it’s all about Jesus Christ – only those who humble their hearts and submit themselves wholly to him will have true life. In the kingdom, the first are last and the last are first. The kingdom teaches the importance of a servants heart and an ‘others centered’ life. We must be servants of Christ and put everyone else above even ourselves because ultimately our lives don’t matter; focusing on Jesus Christ to further His kingdom is the only thing that matters.
The world teaches an easy kind of love. The world says that love is something you fall in and out of – love is an emotion that you don’t control. It claims you don’t have to love others, you can pick and choose who you do and don’t love – and it’s best to love only those who love you too. The world teaches vengeance and revenge. If someone hurts you or does harm to you, you better strike back with 10x the fury – that’ll teach them to never mess with you. The world claims that everyone should have to earn your love.
The kingdom teaches a hard kind of love. The kingdom says love is an action that has to be practiced. The kingdom says in order to be a part of it, you MUST love – it’s not optional. Love should be acted out freely to everyone! Your friends, your family, your neighbors, your enemies. Everyone – even the people who have hurt you or who will never love you back. The kingdom says that vengeance belongs to God alone and if someone wrongs you, turn the other cheek. Do not return evil with more evil but return it with love.
The world created the term “mine” – If a homeless person is hungry then they should just go out and get a job so they have their own money to buy food with, because my money is “mine”. The world teaches that the only time it’s okay to give is when there’s something in it for you. Only give if you’re gonna get it back with interest – otherwise keep all that you have so you can buy a big house and pack it full of stuff and things. After all, people only like you when you have stuff and things.
The kingdom commands that you freely give all things. Be so willing to give that if someone asks for your coat, give them your shirt also. If someone asks for your Ipod, give them your headphones too. The kingdom teaches that if you see someone with a need and you can fill that need, it is a sin to withhold from giving. Nothing we have in this world belongs to us, but we are stewards of everything God places in our hands. Give freely to anyone who asks for something of you and do not ask for it back or expect anything in return. Even something as little as giving a cup of water to someone who is thirsty is significant in the kingdom.
Jesus told a parable about two roads. Let me re-tell it in my own words.
The first road is wide and very flashy – it’s easy to find. The road is paved smooth and lined with signs and neon lights flashing like Las Vegas. The road is full of greedy men and prostitutes trying to get your money (also like Vegas), beckoning you to follow them down this luxurious path. This broad road is very seductive and crowded full – with many people you may recognize.
There is another path however. This other path is narrow and difficult to see. It’s a dirt trail covered over with bushes and vines. Branches from trees bend down, reaching out over the path, while logs and rocks lay scattered about as obstacles. You don’t see many people interested in this path – in fact you can only make out one person actually walking it, down a long way off… maybe they’re lost because everyone else seems to be travelling the big flashy road.
The thing is, this long and narrow path is the path to the Kingdom – where you will find life!
While this broad and seemingly lucrative road leads to destruction – this is where the worlds road leads you.
I encourage everyone to thoroughly search yourself.
Where does your allegiance lie? With the world and the destruction it brings? Or with the kingdom and the life it gives?
Are you travelling the worlds road? Or are you following the kingdoms road?
Are you working in vein to spread the message of the world? Or are you faithfully supporting the message of the kingdom?
There are no neutral parties in this battle, no fence sitters! You are either actively pursuing the road that leads to life or you are passively drifting towards the pit of destruction.