As mentioned in previous blog, Kingdom living occurs through a range of contexts. My final thoughts around exploring kingdom living is in the context of Spiritual Purpose.
These wonderful words from Jeremiah: “Then [with a deep longing] you will seek Me and require Me [as a vital necessity] and [you will] find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you,’ says the Lord” (Jeremiah 29:13-14a), apply to us and helps us consider the concept of seeking and searching for God. Why? Because God wants us to seek Him, to know Him, and to love Him. God’s Word (see Matthew 11;25) even hints at the fact that God hides Himself from us.
Our ultimate spiritual purpose then is to pursue God. It is what we were created to do. God sought us first. The very act of creation is one of pursuit – He created us so that we could know Him. And through Jesus He has sought to restore us to Himself. He has given us an invitation to come to know Him. We seek God because He has invited us to do so. Knowing God is a privilege. In seeking God, we come to know Him better and we bring Him glory.
This idea of pursuit has intrigued me for many years and often I get images in my minds eye of what that might look like in my daily life. As I pushed in a little deeper, in the end I concluded, God simply wants me to seek His kingdom and yearn passionately for His real and tangible presence.
I became very aware through various conversations that for many Christians a problem existed in that they were not aware of what is available to them. Their hearts were not burning for God, and they tended to settle for lesser things.
My enjoyment comes from being with God and knowing God loves it when I spend time with Him. This has given me a new vantage point to consider things from His throne room. God longs to open doors of spiritual reality to us. He wants us to sit with Him in heavenly places. He wants us to constantly live from the spiritual vantage point of the throne room of God and soak in His manifest presence.
From that vantage point I have captured a glimpse of the compelling purpose of God, where His manifest presence dwells and how my perspectives has changed.
The throne of God is the seat of His authority. It represents the place from which He rules and reigns over the nations. Jesus invites us to this place of authority and victory. God’s people begin to experience a new spiritual authority. A personal refining takes place. There is no more compromise or complacency, but there is steady growth in holiness. Passion for Jesus becomes the highest priority. The Spirit of God is released.
The throne of God is where we see the Lord! However, we each have to accept the invitation to come closer around the throne, to behold Jesus, to see Him and believe! We have a new hope; and once we see what God sees through the blood of Jesus, then we can come into agreement with His purposes. As God’s people, we gain a new spiritual identity. We begin to be personally transformed. We begin to know our spiritual identity in Christ. There is an increased intimacy with the Lord. And our lives begin to release God’s glory to others. We bring light into the darkness and carry His presence wherever we go
The throne of God is where we pursue God. To know Him and to discover our purpose in Him. God’s people gain a new spiritual purpose and we begin to really know our purpose. We begin to love and serve others. Captives are healed and set free through the Spirit of God. Strongholds are broken. We become an agent of change. People are drawn to Jesus because God’s people are carrying God’s presence and glory into their family, work, church and the community. The glory of God is contagious. Hunger for His presence increases. Unreservedly we bring Heaven to Earth.
The heart of my message is that God’s greatest desire is to indwell His people with His presence. I believe we were created to be inhabited by God through His Spirit. We can live in a place of overflow in His presence. This overflow translates into touching the lives of others through living encounters with God.
The compelling purpose of God is to pursue God. May this be your prayer also.