Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.” John 18:36
Throughout the world there are many different types of kingdoms. The most commonly known ones are those of different nations. Along with the nations being kingdoms, there are also kingdoms among businesses.
The focus of the kingdoms is to rule and reign as the best, and pushing back or removing the competition or enemy. Each one has a different method of focus and method to be the best.
As Jesus was being arrested and tried, he was asked what He had done to cause His people to hand Him over. Jesus stated that His kingdom was not of this world and that it worked in a different manner.
The world likes to fight for what it wants. The type of fighting that is usually done is physically. Nations and businesses are made up of people and people will do whatever it takes to get what they want.
Those who are a part of the kingdoms are willing to fight for their leaders and country. Their desire is to protect it at all costs.
God’s kingdom is not of this world and thus works in a different way. No one can physically walk to God’s kingdom, it is in a different realm. Even though it is of a different realm, there is still a battle going on.
Although there is a battle going on, it is not a physical one, but a spiritual battle. Physical fighting is not a part of the battle plan. Believers do not have to physically fight to win this battle. It is won with prayer, sound doctrine, and love. With this type of battle, things may occur that appear crazy, such as Jesus going to the cross, to win the real battle.
Even though you are a part of this physical world, as a believer you are a part of another kingdom and world. As God works in your life, there will be times you must go through situations that do not make any sense.
Instead of physically fighting, you must pray and move forward with God’s plan for your life. You are a part of an eternal kingdom that will never fail or fade away. The problems in this life will fade away with time.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be a part of God’s eternal kingdom; that you will be a part of the spiritual battle of God’s kingdom; that you will fight in God’s manner and ways; and that you will look forward to eternal life with God some day.
All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. Matthew 25:32
In every workplace there are two types of people. There are some who do what they are told and expected to do and there are some who do not do what they are told or expected to do.
The boss who is aware of what is going on will often reprimand or fire the one who does not do his job. The others will be honored and raised up.
Jesus says that in the end everyone will be divided as sheep and goats. The sheep are those who did His will and the goats are those who did not do His will.
Just as it is in the workplace, are people in the church. In every church there are many people who claim to follow Jesus and believe in God. Some are telling the truth, while others are not.
Many go to church to look good or to escape hell, but very few actually go to church to be built up and to build others up. Those few will go out and reach the lost in many different ways. They will not just sit in a church pew and expect people to come to them.
Sheep will obey their master and do what he says and go where he leads. Goats, on the other hand, will do their own thing, not obeying or following anyone.
God is looking for and expecting people who claim to believe in Jesus to do what God has said to do. Even though someone claims to believe in Jesus, if he does not do what God says, then he will be cast into hell in the end.
If you claim to be a believer and follow Jesus, you are already on the right track. However, your actions must follow your words.
Do not allow yourself to claim Jesus, but do as the world does.
Seek God’s Holy Spirit to guide you in ways you can reach out and touch the lives of other people for God. This can be in witnessing and telling them about Jesus and in practical ways of meeting their needs when you can.
There is coming a day when God will separate the people. Will you be seen as a sheep or a goat?
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know what God desires of you; that your actions will match your words; that you will do what God wants you to do; and that God will see you as one of His sheep.