Summary of the Sermon by Pastor Gilbert Khoo, at Bethany International Service, on Sunday, 24 March 2019.
The Kingdom Priority
Jesus came to earth to establish the KINGDOM of God, to win each and every one of us into HIS Kingdom. What does the Kingdom of God mean? In Matthew 6:33 it reminds us, “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Serve God’s priorities and everything else will fall into place.
A kingdom means a king’s dominion. God is establishing HIS dominion in our life that will bring glory to HIM. Righteousness means right standing before God according to the principles of God. Kingdom priority talks about loving God and loving others. The whole Bible is our Father’s love story to us and the love of God for us is unto the point of death on the cross. Mark 12:30 “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.”
The Kingdom Priority: God, Family, Work, Ministry
God - Our greatest fulfilment is found when we discover our purpose in Christ; the author and the perfecter of our faith. God is moulding each one of us to fulfil His destiny, God knows how to tune us into His perfect will. Christianity is not just a religion, it is a relationship with God. The more we interact with God, the more we become like Christ. Our personal relationship with God is built through the Word of God, Worship and Faith. We can apply these three points across all aspects of our relationships - with God, our family, our work and also our ministry.
The Word of God in Hebrew is “Dabar Elohim”, and in Greek is “Logos or Rhema”. (Rhema means God’s spoken word for us). The Word of God is so important that Jesus mentioned that “men shall not live on bread alone but every word that proceeds from mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4). The Holy Spirit will direct us to the purpose of God, He will guide us into all truth. Being led by the Holy Spirit is very important, the Holy Spirit fulfils the law to come alongside and to speak into our inner man. The more time we spend with God, the more He will speak to us. If we close our Bible, there is no way God can speak to us. God appeared to Samuel by the Word of God (1 Sam 3:21). God can speak to us today if we continue to read the Word of God and allow Him to speak to us.
Worship - anything that pleases God is an act of service/worship to God, to have or show a strong feeling of respect and admiration for God. In Hebrew the word worship is “shachah”, in Greek it is “proskuneo”. Romans 12:1, John 4:23 - Worship is not a posture of our body but a posture of our heart. Choose to worship inwardly, not outwardly to be seen by men. Our life is to fulfil the calling of God, not to fulfil the desires of the flesh and lust only. Paul and Silas were singing hymns and praising God in prison and the power of the LORD came down (Acts 16:26). Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose. When our lives becomes an act of worship (Romans 12:1) for God, we become a channel of blessing for God and we shine for God.
Faith – in Hebrew it is “aman” and in Greek it is “pistis”. In Hebrew 11:1, “faith the assurance of things hoped for and the uncertainty we cannot see.” How do we apply faith in our daily lives? Jesus honours the faith of the Syrophoenician woman (Matthew 7:24-30). She held on to Jesus though she was rejected initially of her request. There was a testimony of a woman who asked Pastor David Yonggi Cho to pray for her healing as she was in pain due to cancer. Pastor David told her to write the verse 1 Peter 2:24 (for by His wounds you were healed) about 10,000 times. After a week, she excitedly told Pastor David that she has completed the assignment and when pastor asked her of her illness she was no longer in pain! She kept meditating the Word as she wrote it down and that helped her increase her faith in God to receive God’s healing. When we meditate the Word of God it becomes a rhema for us and it will transform us. Proverbs 23:7 says, “.. that as a man thinks in his heart so he is.” What is impossible for men is possible for God. This is how we put the KINGDOM of God as the priority in our daily life - by applying the truth and being the doers of the Word. Bring the Kingdom of God to our community through us, to become the salt and the light of the world.