Putting God’s Kingdom First (2)
As you read the following nine qualities, ask yourself, ‘Do these things show in my life today? Am I developing these fruits so I can be trusted with greater responsibility for the advancement of God’s Kingdom?’ (1) Merciful and Grace-Giving ‘God blesses those who are merciful...’ ‘Stop judging others, and you will not be judged.’ (Matthew 5:7; 7:1 NLT) (2) Reconciliatory in order to mend broken relationships. ‘If...a friend has something against you...go and apologise and be reconciled to him...’ (Matthew 5:23–24 TLB) (3) Teachable ‘Anyone who listens to My teaching and obeys Me is wise...’ (Matthew 7:24 NLT) (4) Courageous ‘Look, I am sending you out as sheep among wolves...don’t be afraid...’ (Matthew 10:16;26 NLT) (5) Submitted ‘Anyone who does the will of My Father in Heaven is My brother and sister and mother!’ (Matthew 12:50 NLT) (6) Surrendered ‘If any of you wants to be My follower, you must put aside your selfish ambition, shoulder your cross, and follow Me.’ (Matthew 16:24 NLT) (7) Repentant ‘...unless you turn from your sins and become as little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven.’ (Matthew 18:3 NLT) (8) Humble ‘But those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.’ (Matthew 23:12 NLT) (9) Servant–Minded ‘But among you it should be quite different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant.’ (Matthew 20:26 NLT) If you’re willing to make Jesus Lord of your life, make His Word the last word on all issues, and seek the fullness of His Spirit—you can live this lifestyle too!