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THE UPSIDE DOWN KINGDOM

In Acts 20:35 we read: "And I have been a constant example of how you can help those in need by working hard. You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'"

It sounds like a strange thing to say. How can it be more blessed to give than to receive?

But that is how things work in the Kingdom of God.

It is an upside down Kingdom.

Everything works differently from the way it works in the world.

In the world we are told to look out for number one me.

Jesus says forget about yourself and look out for those around you.

The world says, "I am the most important therefore everyone has to serve me."

Jesus says, forget about yourself and serve those around you.

The world says, "I'll believe it when I see it."

Jesus says faith comes first. First, you believe, and then you see.

In the world, you love those that love you.

In the Kingdom, you love unconditionally. You even love your enemies.

In the world, you hold grudges. You hate those who did you wrong.

In the Kingdom, you forgive because God forgave you first.

In the world, you hoard your money to make sure you can take care of yourself.

In the Kingdom, you give generously, trusting God to take care of you.

In the world, it is all about what I can do, what I can be, what I can accomplish, what I can get. 

In the Kingdom, you look to God for direction. You wait on Him to tell you what He wants you to do, and then you trust Him to give you the ability to carry out His instructions. In the Kingdom, it is about what He wants you to do, what He wants you to be, what He wants you to accomplish, and what He gives.

In the world, it is all about me, me, and me.

In the Kingdom, it is about God and other people.

We don't always like the way the Kingdom works, on the one hand, because we are so used to the way things work in the world, and on the other hand, because we have to look away from ourselves and our own needs, and focus on others.

But if it is more blessed to give than to receive, doesn't it stand to reason that everything in this upside down Kingdom works that way?

Then it is more blessed to serve than to be served. It is more blessed to love than to be loved. It is more blessed to forgive than to be forgiven.

Jesus never tells us to do anything that isn't for our good. 

Take His Word seriously. Listen to His instructions, and then go and do what He's told you to. 

There is something good in every instruction, even the difficult ones.

POINT TO PONDER: Jesus said, "
It is more blessed to give than to receive." How do you feel about His statement?