This month we are going to be talking about getting into the Rhythm of the Kingdom. This is the vision for our church in 2014. We want to see each person order their lives emotionally and spiritually so that we can live out the Great Commission and Commandment. This may seem obvious, but I believe it is God's heart for us to enjoy the fruit of the Holy Spirit.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. - Galatians 5:22-23
Mark 4:19 says that the "cares of the world" will actually choke out the Word of God. If the Word of God gets taken out, then the fruit of the Holy Spirit will not be enjoyed! Living in Dallas, Texas we are constantly tempted to get out of the rhythm of the kingdom of God by things like materialism, isolation and pace of life. And so we will look at what it means to be in God's rhythm in our families and in our work over the next few weeks.
And it has to start with you and me. God has called us to abide in Him and to bear fruit that remains. We are responsible to steward our emotions, time and resources to see this happen in our lives. We have to take ownership and responsibility for the things going on in our lives that are keeping us from enjoying the fruit that is to be a mark of all believers.
Moving into my new home, it would be weird if I expected the city of Dallas to deal with every issue in my home. I would be a terrible neighbor if I simply demanded that all my neighbors take care of every issue that comes with owning a home. It is in MY NAME! I am the steward and should work hard to see it taken care of. It would be an unfair and unrealistic expectation to place upon my neighbor to meet the needs in my home that I have the ability and responsibility to meet.
The same is true for the state of our hearts. We are called to steward the emotions, time, talents and treasures God has given and placed within us. We have to own our thoughts, emotions, health, spiritual life and come to grips with and own up to the things we want, whether good or bad. We have to learn about both the good and the bad things that we are allowing in the boundaries of our souls. It will be a difficult task, but is our job to face the bad things (family of origin issues, negative and wrong thinking, lack of spiritual growth) and allow God to remove them and bring freedom and joy into our lives. We are also called to steward the good things (talents, treasures, and gifts), the gracious gifts God within us and all around us, so that they multiply to the glory of God.
We know that God said that it is not good for man to be alone (Genesis 2) and that we are to love one another, bear with one another, and encourage one another. However, He did not intend for us to rely solely upon one another in unhealthy ways. Do you look to others to solve all of your problems? Do you place an unrealistic expectation upon others to meet your emotional needs when and how you want them met? If so, that is commonly called selfishness. If is also a place that God wants to be the primary source of your satisfaction and peace.
Like a good father, God wants us to become mature men and women (Ephesians 4:11-16, Colossians 1:28-29). As we seek His kingdom, He has promised to meet every single need of our hearts (Philippians 4:19) and He has promised that we will never be alone (Isaiah 43:1-3).
So! The end of the year is upon us and our vision is for each of us to get into a sustainable rhythm with God and those around us. As a family let's set out to see His kingdom come in our lives, our families, our church and our work!
*For more resources on this, please read Boundaries by Dr. Cloud & Dr. Townsed