What does it look like for a person to live in the Kingdom of God?
1. Seek Jesus
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. - Matthew 6:33
Intentionally seeking his kingdom is counter to the world. We have to learn to prioritize and intentionally pursue Him regardless of our situation. Seeking him requires faith which enables us to overcome (Philippians 4:13). Moments where we seek Jesus prove to be moments where we discover our true selves.
2. Surrender to God
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. - Romans 12:1-2
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. - Matthew 16:24-25
Surrender is difficult because our default is to maintain control, particularly during trials and tribulation. What we soon discover is that surrender entails us giving up the things that will suffocate us anyway. Surrendering to God leads to freedom and inexplicable peace.
What if our lifestyle of surrender providers us with the oxygen we need to accomplish our God-given purpose?
3. Serve others
For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. - Mark 10:45
Serving is one of the best ways to share the Word. Eventually learning the posture of serving others entails giving out of yourself and your resources because you are so steadfast in your surrender to Him. Serving others is inevitably us serving Jesus himself.
Action Item: Pray and ask God to teach you how to live in His Kingdom.