Keep in mind, culture manifests itself in the things we regard as most important. In essence, whatever we prioritize in life reveals to others our culture. Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus. They reflected the Kingdom culture from being with Jesus.
If we prioritize the sanctity of life, we will produce a culture that will protect the elderly and the unborn. If that is truly part of our culture, we will refuse to allow abortion, euthanasia and the harvesting of human embryos for stem cell research.
Kingdom citizens behave and conduct themselves in a much different manner than those of the world's system. Kingdom citizens operate by their faith in the Word of the King. Our standards are different. They are God's standards. The standards apply in our everyday life, revealing whether we have a culture that indulges and encourages mediocrity. We should always strive to please the Lord God for we are His creation. He has given us a second chance through His Son Jesus the Christ. All we have to do is truly believe in Him. For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.
Now, getting back to standards! Do you take pride in your appearance or how you perform on your place of employment or is mediocre good enough? Do you place a high premium on quality in all you do? Or are you satisfied with just enough to get by? Ambassador Paul put it this way: And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father...Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ.
We should make it a priority to do our very best! We are citizens of the Kingdom of God and His ambassadors on this earth. We represent the Lord God to the world! We are examples of what life in the Kingdom is. Our standards reflects our culture. What culture are you representing? Your culture will never rise higher than your standards. This is why it is so important to read and study the Lord God's Constitution. Even though your spirit is born again, the mind has to be transformed by reading and studying His Word on a daily basis. We must present our whole self. Ambassador Paul made this statement, that says it all: And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
As a Kingdom citizen, we must keep our eyes on King Jesus because His attitude and responses reveal Heaven's culture. We must consistently read and study the four Gospels.
Remember this one thought: whatever fills the Lord Jesus with joy should make you joyful and whatever brings Him sorrow should grieve your spirit as well. The level of your moral conscience and consciousness reveals the level of your culture.
Here are some attributes of the Kingdom culture: But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! Ambassador Paul made this statement to those Kingdom citizens who are filled with His Spirit. So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions. But when you are directed by the Spirit, you are not under obligation to the law of Moses. That is the Kingdom citizens' culture.
And remember, your greatest asset is your faith in the Word of the Living God.
Acts 4:13 John 3:16 Colossians 3:17, 23-24 Romans 12:1-2
Galatians 5:22-23, 16-18 All NLT except where noted
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