Summary of the Sermon by Pastor Niko Prajogo, at Bethany International Service, on Sunday, 10 March 2019
Priority of The Kingdom of God
Our life is the sum total of all the decisions we make every day, and those decisions are determined by our priorities.
In our lives, there are so many things we need to do, however, when it comes to “priority” matter, we drop the rest and we attend to priority items. We need to set our priorities right.
Jesus sets Priority in Life for us.
Jesus’ statement also exposes man’s defective priority and confirms our preoccupation with the less important. We can worry
about our livelihood and so much of other needs. We are consumed in our thoughts and worries: fear of the unknown, and to rehearse the future over which we have no control.
Will God not much more clothe us for we are more precious than the lily in the field? Will God not much more feed us for we are more precious than the birds in the air?
Jesus pointed us to God the Almighty, who has the power and ability to create the whole universe and sustain it. Our Creator values us more than other living beings (plants or animals).
God wants His people to prioritise His Kingdom and His righteousness, not only day-to-day needs; not what the world is offering; not the desires of the flesh. God knows the needs of His creations, He values His People more than other creations, so even more he will take care. God puts His purpose in our lives and we are easily distracted from fulfilling His purpose, if we are busy with our daily wants.
What is the Kingdom of God & its righteousness
A kingdom is the governing influence of a king over his territory, impacting it with his personal will, purpose, and intent, producing a culture, values, morals, and lifestyle that reflect the king’s desires and nature for his citizens. Righteousness means the right standing in the kingdom and before the King; right relationship; right position.
When God created the earth, He wanted to extend His Kingdom on the earth. God created Adam in His image and God gave Adam “dominion” over the earth. Gen 1:26-28. Adam was given dominion by God, ruling as a little king, having dominion over the earth, under the ruling of God as the KING. As long as Adam was in the right standing before God (aligned to God’s will), he kept the dominion over the earth – his needs were supplied and he was doing God’s purposes in managing the earth.
Then Satan deceived Adam – why don’t you become the Great King yourself?
Until today … Satan continues to deceive mankind that they should have their own kingdom, not to submit to anybody else. There is no True Freedom. There are God and Satan. If you refuse God, Satan will come. If you switch off the Light, Darkness will just come. Without God, we are too weak to defeat Satan.
Without KING JESUS, we are left alone, and a stronger kingdom will take over us and chain us and enslave us! And as long as man is not willing to align with God’s Plan (God’s Kingdom and His ruling), these things just continue. Jesus came to the world to liberate us. Jesus re-established the Kingdom of God. He perfectly aligned Himself to God’s will and set examples for His disciples to follow. As we receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior, He becomes the King of our lives.
We may never have experienced an earthly perfect king. Jesus is a Servant King- For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45 He is a King who cares for, He is a King who calls us friend - John 15:15
Do we want to submit ourselves to KING JESUS or do we still want to become the King of our lives? What is the command of King Jesus?
Great Commandment: LOVE – Mat 22:37-40
LOVE is the culture of Heaven, the love of God enables us to walk in love, in mercy, in forgiveness, and in generosity.
Our King has given us the decree to fulfill the Great Commission
- Matthew 28:18-20
When a man is saved, the Spirit of God expels demon and Kingdom of God has come and the Kingdom of will be extended through the life of a believer. Mat 12:22-30
Set our life in the right priority. Pursue first the highest priority in our life. If our priority is not right, align ourselves to God’s Word today. Challenge ourselves to have faith in God instead of worry. As we get to closer to the King Jesus, we will know His will, His intent, and His heart. We will grow to love Jesus, to love others, and to love the lost.