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Upside-Down Kingdom

“He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.” — Luke 9:2

In many ways the kingdom of God is completely turned around from what we would expect it should be. That is why Jesus had to use so many different parables to help us wrap our minds around how things really work in God’s kingdom... Example...To Become a Leader... Be a Servant: One of the things I like about the Gospel accounts is that they portray Jesus’ disciples as regular guys that I can relate to. Jesus had a couple brothers on his leadership team, James and John. One day their mom went to Jesus to lobby to have her sons appointed to the top spots in his organization. Naturally, this caused some grumbling amongst the other disciples. Let’s pick up the story there.... And when the ten heard it, they were greatly displeased with the two brothers. But Jesus called them to Himself and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave — just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”— Matthew 20:24-28......... Normally we look at great men and women as those who have authority, money and power. But Jesus said in the kingdom of God the truly great people are those who serve others. When we truly have a servant’s heart then God can promote us because he knows we will be faithful to do the assignments put in front of us with humility and compassion for those we serve. Someone with a focus on serving others is not scheming and manipulating folks so they can be promoted. But so many think the only way to advance is to somehow push others down so they can rise above them. Most folks look for shortcuts to get ahead. The Kingdom of God is upside down.... Starting this month, I am doing a sermon series title: “Upside-Down Kingdom”. I look forward to digging into the book of Matthew and sharing this series with you. If you are live and in person at the church, invite some friends to join you. If you are watching online, share the Facebook video with your friends. Let’s reach out and share this “Upside-Down Kingdom” with others.

In Christ’s Love,

Pastor Tom