Association with the Kingdom
- Date: January 27, 2004
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: "For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God."(Ephesians 5:5)
- From Spiritual Life - Spiritual Fruit
Are we seeking how mature and pure we can be? Or are we seeking how little we can do and still be acceptable? As we walk in the spirit and produce fruit, we're pruned to produce more fruit. If our lives are dominated with good fruit, why detract from so much good by identifying with something other than the Body of Christ?
Paul in Ephesians 5 is not saying that by committing one of these acts-- covetousness, uncleanness, whore-mongering, coarse speaking--we will not inherit the kingdom of God. The issue is not the individual act; it's associating with the kingdom from which they come. It's the abundance of acts. The issue is accepting and identifying with these acts, saying, "This is who we are." We are known by our speech. We are known by our treasures. We are known by our fruit. Those that embrace, condone, and seek to glorify that life will not inherit the kingdom of God. Fleeing from the youthful lusts is what brings joy, peace and the fruit of the Spirit.
Father, we thank You for Your Word. When we fall in love with Your holiness and are compelled to know You and be like You more, to walk in the spirit, then we will not fulfill the lust of the flesh. These other things will die because we abide in the Vine. We find our comfort in the Vine, our worth in the Vine, our wisdom in the Vine. We don't need men's approval when we're abiding in You and Your words are abiding in us. We don't need the contemporary image because we're finding our worth and acceptance in the Beloved. You never leave nor forsake us; we're not alone. We don't have to live the isolated, fearful life of hypocrisy because You love us as we are. We come to the light. We know what we are and what You're making us. In ourselves, we are no better on our best day than we are on our worst day, because without You, we are filthy rags. Without the acceptance by faith of Your redemptive blood, there is no value in us. So we seek less of ourselves and more of You. For us to live is Christ; to daily die is progress, gain. We ask, Father, that You'd make that real in each of our lives and that it would not be, "What can I get?" but "What can I give?" We seek to edify in love, to speak the truth in love, to encourage those whose hands are hanging down to finish the course. For that we ask You to be glorified, Father, in Jesus' name.