The third path

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” – Matthew 6:33

I see many leaders building “kingdoms” in the marketplace, but not the kind of Kingdom Jesus represents. For working Christians, our journey starts by understanding what God’s Kingdom at work even looks like in practical terms. We need to understand the contrast Jesus draws between different “paths” in pursuit of “kingdom”. A first path is the “religious” view that was embodied by the Pharisees and Sadducees, where we try to reach God on our own terms, or misuse a religious system to achieve our own objectives. A second path is the “worldly” view that saturates today’s society, where we seek to achieve our own ends on our own terms. The third path is the “Kingdom” view Jesus advocates, where we honor God through service to others, and abide in close relationship with Him. Jesus’ Kingdom is the world as it “ought” to be, where working Christians are set apart by a number of qualities: (1) focusing on what God would want in a situation, and defining “success” through that lens; (2) serving others with a genuine desire and commitment to better quality of life; (3) acting with an integrity between the values we espouse, and the behaviors we model; (4) integrating law and grace, so that we uphold standards of righteousness, and account for the reality of human shortcomings; and (5) embracing the supernatural, as the Holy Spirit counsels us from the “inside out” and God moves supernaturally from the “outside in”. As this New Year unfolds, one of my resolutions is to better represent God’s Kingdom at work throughout my sphere of influence. Join me!

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