Kingdom on My Mind
from Called to Conquer by Bishop Eddie Long
Sunday, September 25
I Have the Kingdom on My Mind
Today’s Scripture Reading: Matthew 6
Key Verse: Matthew 6:33
Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.
God wants us to seek and think about His kingdom in virtually everything we do. Since He always looks at the motives of the heart, He knows whether or not you are thinking primarily about yourself when you pray, “God, give me that promotion,” or “God, give me a car.”
Remember that God blesses you so you can be a blessing to others, and He knows whether or not this principle is rooted in your heart and life. Understand that He gives you all His blessings so you can give them away in many ways. Some things you are to pass down to your children and their children after them. Other things you are to give away to others. God has given you everything you have and everything you are so you can bring others into the kingdom.
When you have the kingdom in your heart and on your mind, you can pray, “Father, give me a new car,” or “God, give me that promotion,” with proper motives and great effect. Why? You know that you can use those blessings as tools to share the gospel of your risen Savior with those who are under your authority or who work with you. They can create a platform and an open door for you to activate kingdom principles and lead someone into the kingdom through those blessings.
Once you understand that everything God gives you essentially belongs to someone else, He will start giving you more! Those blessings belong to Him, and He invests them in you so you can bless someone else. If He gives you a whole house full of new furniture, do not sell the old at a yard sale and do not call people to ask if they want to buy it. Give away the old furniture and do it in Jesus’ name! Tell them God told you to bless them because He blessed you! Then you will enjoy good reaping seasons for the kingdom.
My Father in heaven, my life is not my own; my children and my spouse are not my own; and none of my possessions, abilities, or gifts belongs to me. Everything comes from and belongs to You, and that is the way it should be. Use me to glorify Your name, and show me where to sow my seed for a great harvest of giving, healing, salvation, restoration, grace, and mercy in the lives of others! In Jesus’ name I will give, believe, and build the kingdom. Amen.