Sermon Topic: Kingdom Citizenship
"Don't drown in the shallow end." That's this week's message in six words. James (brother of Jesus) teaches us how to get peace, become peacemakers, and how to practice the best of the grace-filled life. This week, we continue our quest to understand what it means to be a Kingdom citizen.
If we carry the spirit of Christ, how could we not be special? The gifts of God that we inherit as citizens of the Kingdom of God are precious, and they are gifts to be honored even when they put us at odds with the world around us. And they will! Peter teaches us that when we put our primary allegiance in the Kingdom of God, we will often seem peculiar to a world at odds with God’s values. How do we live out our unique identity in such a way that we become more attractive and more influential in world hungry for better examples of Kingdom greatness?
Royalty is not a native to our culture but for most of the history covered by the Old and New Testaments, royalty was how leadership was described. And as with contemporary examples, royalty was very much a family affair. People were royal by blood. It was an inherited status, which means most of us never have a shot at claiming royal status on human terms. The great news, though, is that we who claim citizenship in the Kingdom of Heaven do indeed have royal blood pulsing through our veins. Now, we are led to discover all that means for us as we claim our royal inheritance.