‘Seek the Kingdom of God above all else…’ Matthew 6:33 NLT
As you read the following nine qualities, ask yourself, ‘Are these things evident in my life today? Am I developing these fruits so that I may be entrusted with greater responsibility for the advancement of God’s Kingdom?’ (1) merciful and grace-giving. ‘God blesses those who are merciful…’ ‘Stop judging others, and you will not be judged.’ (Matthew 5:7; 7:1 NLT) (2) reconciliatory. ‘If…a friend has something against you…go and apologise and be reconciled to him…’ (Matthew 5:23-24 TLB) (3) teachable. ‘Anyone who listens to My teaching and obeys Me is wise…’ (Matthew 7:24 NLT) (4) courageous. ‘Look, I am sending you out as sheep among wolves…don’t be afraid…’ (Matthew 10:16;26 NLT) (5) submitted. ‘Anyone who does the will of My Father in Heaven is My brother and sister and mother!’ (Matthew 12:50 NLT) (6) surrendered. ‘If any of you wants to be My follower, you must put aside your selfish ambition, shoulder your cross, and follow Me.’ (Matthew 16:24 NLT) (7) repentant. ‘…unless you turn from your sins and become as little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven.’ (Matthew 18:3 NLT) (8) humble. ‘But those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.’ (Matthew 23:12 NLT) (9) servant-minded. ‘But among you it should be quite different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant.’ (Matthew 20:26 NLT) If you’re willing to make Jesus Lord of your life, make His Word the last word on all issues, and seek the fullness of His Spirit-you can live this lifestyle too!
SoulFood: Jer 7-9, Mark 15:21-32, Ps 8, Pr 14:9-12
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2011