The Kingdom of God is an upside down Kingdom from beginning to end.
And I struggle as a young person to wrap my head around these upside down commands because nothing about our world is about putting others first.
The worlds says, “Me first!” and the Kingdom says, “Me last!”
Check out Romans 12:10 in these 3 translations:
NLT: Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.
ERV: Love each other in a way that makes you feel close like brothers and sisters. And give each other more honor than you give yourself.
MSG: Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle.
We are to love everyone like they are our brothers and sisters. This makes sense when you think about it because there are only two types of people in the world: Those who are already our family in Christ and those we want to see become our family in Christ.
My favorite verse is 2 Corinthians 5:16.
So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now!
Evangelism is not about us versus them. Outreach is not about being a bully and forcing Jesus down someone’s throat.
I can’t get away from these thoughts…
I am not sharing the gospel to get ahead.
I am not seeking a platform to build “my ministry.”
Evangelism has absolutely NOTHING to do with my advancement and absolutely EVERYTHING to do with showing someone else the path to redemption.
The path of humility is all about taking jealousy and the need to get ahead off the table.
We’re on this journey together.
We’re growing together.
We’re serving together.
You’re not more important than me and I’m not more important than you because we’re family.