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03/03/2009

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Valuing The Lord's Kingdom


"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it" (Matt 13: 45 & 46).

Most of us can look around us and see some things of value. There are different kinds of "values" though, aren't there? There are some things that have great physical value and others who's value is intrinsic. There may be an old photo in your home that would have no value to anyone but you. Maybe it is something given to you by a grandparent. These intrinsic values are certainly real too.

The beauty and value of the Lord's kingdom is that it contains elements of both. Just as the pearl was and is regarded as a lovely and valuable possession, the kingdom of heaven is to regarded in the same way.....A lovely and valuable thing...It is "a light set on a hill." All can see it..But it is in our hearts also, moving us to greater heights of service.

When some one becomes a citizen of the United States, he/she takes an "oath of allegiance." It begins like this; "I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty of whom or which I heretofore have been a subject or citizen;" Some fancy lingo that says the USA is my kingdom now... To be in the Lord's kingdom we must also be willing to be subject to it. To be in His kingdom, we must submit to the will of the king. As a new citizen enjoys the benefits that come with citizenship, so do new members of His kingdom enjoy benefits that are unavailable outside it.

To the one who enters into His kingdom here on earth, and truly recognizes its value, there come responsibilities....."kingdom responsibilities." They cannot be looked on as drudgeries, but as something lovely. It is the supreme loveliness that can be found no where else. There is nothing else here on earth that will deliver the ultimate and genuine joy and peace that comes with membership. It is up to us to search for and buy that great pearl, and with it accept the responsibilities and reap the rewards..

Have a wonderful day..Make a difference....Love mark Phil. 4:11

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