“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.” Romans 12:2 NLT
I have been intentional this month in clarifying the difference between this world’s culture and Kingdom Culture. If you have not gotten the point by now, let me make it very clear – Kingdom Culture is the direct opposite from this world’s culture.
As Paul says in our key scripture, there are behaviors and customs that we should not copy. We do not take our lead from organizations, corporations, politicians, or civic leaders that are anti-God, anti-church and anti-His Word.
WHY? Because the culture of this world is toxic to your soul.
What I mean by that is simply that worldly influence will ultimately bring you to a spiritual death.
We live in a “ME, ME, ME” world that is all about self. This is in direct conflict to the Kingdom Culture that God wants us to live, breath and walk in.
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33
When we are transformed into the Kingdom of God, everything about Him comes first and everything else becomes second. That means we 100% surrender to His Will and His Way, trusting that everything else that is “needed” will follow.
One of David’s most popular Psalms is the 23rd. Let’s take a look…
“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.” Psalm 23:1
Another translation tells us …. “I have all that I need.”
This world will keep telling you need more, more, more to be happy and content…… If you start chasing that temporal happiness, you will be doing it to your grave and you will never be satisfied.
“But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.
Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.” 1 Timothy 6:6-8, 12
David Guzik comments, “When we live and act without contentment, we are trying to fill needs in our lives – a need to be “somebody,” a need to feel secure or cared for, a need to have excitement and newness in our lives – most people try to fulfill these needs with material things, but they can only really be met by a spiritual relationship with the God who made us.”
I recently wrote about the parable of the 5 wise and the 5 foolish virgins. The 5 that were foolish did not fill their vessels properly with oil. Not that they weren’t filled – but they were filled with other things that made them not ready for the coming of Christ.
The 5 that were ready were filled with the oil (a representation of the Holy Ghost).In other words, they were completely consumed by what mattered most. If this life is just all about you and the whole purpose is gaining more of this life than it is foolish.
In Luke, Jesus shares about a wealthy man who that built bigger barns to store his good and yet was not ready for his soul to be called. Jesus called the man a fool. He called the 5 virgins that weren’t ready for the return of the Bridegroom fools too.
Both illustrations show self-centered lives…lives whose priorities were off.
If we are going to be ready and if we are going to make it, we must be self-surrendered…. NOT self-centered.
We must stop copying the behavior and customs of this world and surrender to Kingdom Culture.
There’s an old song called “I Surrender All.”
I surrender all
I surrender all
All to Thee my blessed Saviour
I surrender all
All to Jesus I surrender
All to Him I freely give
I will ever love and trust Him
In His Presence daily live