Food For Thought
Wade E Taylor
Some time ago, I was reflecting upon the fact that the buildings
at Pinecrest were in need of extensive repairs and that we
are so close to the end of the age that it would be almost
impossible for this to be done.
As these thoughts were going through my mind, an impression
formed within me that "This is indeed the time of the
END for the world system as it is. However, it is the time
of the BEGINNING for the Kingdom of God. I felt the Lord impressing
me that "This is not an ending for the Lord's people,
rather it is the beginning."
This caused me to change my perspective and vision. I began
to understand that we are to view the future in the light
of the birthing of the Kingdom age, rather than upon the closing
out of the Gentile age.
The Lord is using these present earthly stresses and times
of sufferings to test and to perfect those who have made Him
their Lord. He has been qualifying a corporate body of overcomers
who will become partakers with Him in the "age to come."
We are approaching the point of transition into this new day.
Our Lord will indeed return to this earth to establish His
Kingdom, and to rule for a millennial day.
At this present time, the Lord is gathering a people unto
Himself and is establishing His government within them. These
are exhorted, "But seek ye first the Kingdom of God,
and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added
unto you" Matt 6:33. Notice that the Kingdom which is
to be sought after includes "His righteousness."
This will separate us from many present day movements.
The so called "new age movement" is marked by a
freedom from restraint. It seeks the supernatural apart from
righteousness, repentance, and anew birth. It attempts to
attain to God apart from redemption through the blood of Jesus
and without any submission to, or acknowledgement of, the
Lordship of Jesus Christ.
Our seeking FIRST the Kingdom of God has been set before
us as a primary goal, after we have been genuinely saved,
water baptized, and filled with His Holy Spirit. As we become
submissive to the rule of His government within us, not only
will our lives be changed, but all things that relate to us
will be greatly affected. When His Kingdom has become our
first priority, then "all these things shall be rightly
added unto us."
His Kingdom will not be brought to earth through our running
for some political office. This is good, if we have been called
by our Lord to do so. But this in itself will not bring about
His Kingdom. This is external; His Kingdom is internal. "Neither
shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the Kingdom
of God is WITHIN you" Luke 17:21.
Our seeking of His Kingdom must begin with true repentance
and a total submission to His rule over our lives. As we are
born again from above and truly submit to His Kingdom rule
in its full sway over our daily life experience, His Kingdom
will indeed have come to (our) earth. First, it must find
its full working within us and then it will work through us,
affecting and changing others.
Only when Jesus returns will the prayer He taught His disciples,
"Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done IN earth, as it is
in heaven" (Matt 6:10)find its full outworking.
His will shall be done ON (imposed throughout) the earth
through the Kingdom rule of those who have already fully allowed
it to be done IN their earth.