Conforming to kingdom culture
Instead of being focused on conforming to the world’s culture in thought, word, and deeds, we should follow the example of Jesus and focus on the Kingdom of God’s Culture
‘The Kingdom of God can only be understood, accessed and operated by faith’
The main subject that Jesus preached about during His earthly ministry was the Kingdom of God. He preached about it for three years before his crucifixion and for 40 days after His resurrection. He preached about it because He knew that was the destination for all who would believe on Him. He preached on it constantly because He knew it would be a hard thing for we humans to grasp because as a general matter we live based on our five natural senses and the wisdom of the world.
The word “kingdom” means a dominion ruled by a king. It is the territory of a royal (one of kingly ancestry endowed with kingly authority). The Kingdom of God is not just any kind of kingdom. It’s a spiritual kingdom. Therefore, unlike the kingdoms of this world, it is eternal, invisible, intangible, and truly powerful. The Kingdom of God can only be understood, accessed and operated by faith.
So, as I’m sure you know, If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you shall be saved (Romans 10:9). Once you call upon the Lord Jesus to save you, you are saved by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8-9). It is the Word of faith, the Gospel, which builds up one’s faith and causes them to call upon the Lord:
So then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God (Romans 10:17).
Once a person has received Jesus into their heart as their personal Lord and Savior, they have entered the spiritual Kingdom of God. From that exact moment the Bible says they are a new creature:
Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away, and all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation (II Corinthians 5:17).
All things are become new! What does that mean? Well, Jesus gave us a clue when He told us that we are in this world but not of this world (John 17:14). In other words, we live in the world, but our true citizenship is in the Kingdom of God (Ephesians 2:19).
Yes, we have natural bodies, natural senses, utilize natural materials and are subject to natural laws to function in this natural realm. However, the truth is we are speaking, thinking spirits, who are subjects of a spiritual King and Kingdom that we cannot perceive with our natural senses. We cannot operate in this Kingdom by natural appearances, opinions, feelings or understanding, but only by faith.
That is the way that God set things up. We can only understand, enter in and operate in the Kingdom of God by faith. If we born again believers don’t operate in the Kingdom by faith, we will not please God and we will fail:
But without faith, it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Hebrews 11:6
Faith is believing in and acting upon what God said, in the spirit of appearances, opinions, feelings or understanding. It means that we must focus on only what God said. It takes times to overcome our natural instincts and worldly conditioning and walk in this spiritual discipline, but this is exactly what God intends for us. Though the culture and influence of the world are all around us, we born again believers must resist the temptation to conform to its culture and must undertake the sobering task of conforming to the image of Christ; to the dictates of the Kingdom of God.
The culture of God’s Kingdom is found in His Word, especially expounded by the teachings of His Son, Jesus Christ. Everything that Christ taught in the Four Gospels speaks of God’s Kingdom – how God’s grace is released by man’s faith. Because Jesus only said what the Father said and only did what the Father did, He was the perfect man, our perfect example.
The Scriptures clearly tell us that He never sinned (I Peter 2:22). So, as to us who bear the name “Christian,” instead of being focused on conforming to the world’s culture, in thought, word, and deeds, we should follow the example of Jesus and focus on the Kingdom of God’s Culture:
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Romans 12:2
As the old saying goes, “Once you know better, you do better.” I like to say, “Once you know better, you can and should do better. My prayer is that this article enlightened you as to who you are, whose you are, and what culture you should be conforming to.
Dr. Walter R. Tucker, III, is the pastor of Truth and Love Christian Church, located at 1129 E. Dominguez St., Suite C, Carson, Calif. 90746. Worship: Sunday service, 10 a.m.; Wednesday Night Bible Study, 7:30 p.m.; Friday Night Prayer – 7 p.m. Contact the church at (310) 635-3550, visit the website or follow on Facebook.