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Much is shifting in the Kingdom right now, with many practical ramifications in every mountain of our cultures. It is spring in America, a season for new beginnings. At a personal level, servants who have emphasized discipline and obedience are being invited to become friends and transition into God’s Kingdom with passion and participation. We are no longer imitations of Jesus, we are His incarnations.
Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed — not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence — continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. Phil 2:12-13 NIV
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us. Eph 3:20 NIV
What does it feel like? – Let’s contrast the old with the new. In the first century, Gnosticism or dualism was a false doctrine that taught, “everything spiritual is good and everything in the natural is bad.” Material possessions, wealth, sex, culture, etc. were thought to be nothing more than carnal expressions of our sinful, fleshly nature. This denial of self naturally led to asceticism: monastic orders that withdrew from society with vows of celibacy, poverty and obedience… all the remnants of a religious spirit that is still prevalent today. Can you see how rapture theology fits this line of deception?
A real relationship with Jesus has a focus on the Kingdom: 1) instead of celibacy, it’s loving relationships and passionate engagement in our culture; 2) instead of poverty is the realization that wealth is a valuable tool that follows Kingdom purpose (Mt 6:33); and 3) obedience alone, no longer describes spiritual maturity, discipline is no substitute for a passionate heart… Jesus calls us friends instead of servants. Servants obey rules, friends are not afraid to ask for the desires of their hearts. They are naturally passionate about the King and about the Kingdom.