Things Unshaken – Part 5
那不被震动的 – 第五篇
Hebrews 12:26-28 (NKJV)
but now He has promised, saying, “Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven.” Now this, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.
Last 3 weeks we examined 6 of the 10 aspects of receiving the unshakable kingdom that will remain. Now we continue with the next three.
7. BY FOLLOWING JESUS
Receiving the kingdom means entering the kingdom and living out the kingdom citizenship. As a believer of Jesus Christ we enter the kingdom and as a disciple of Jesus Christ we follow Him. Entering the kingdom is the starting point for a believer’s journey as Jesus’ disciple. Being a disciple of Jesus means following Him wherever He goes and giving our top priority to the kingdom business. In the Bible Jesus was calling a person to follow Him, that person said, “Lord, I will follow You, but let me first go and bid them farewell who are at my house.” But Jesus said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” (Lk 9:61-62) We have put our hands to the plow when we accepted Jesus as our Savior and Lord. Now how can we still look back and be unfit for the kingdom of God?
We need to put our heart on Jesus to follow Him. We need to love Him most, because where our treasure is, there our heart will also be (Mt 6:21). Jesus told the rich young ruler to sell his possessions and give to the poor, to have treasure in heaven and to follow Jesus. But this young man’s heart was tied up with his wealth, so he went away sad instead of following Jesus and entering the kingdom (Mt 19:21-24).
我们须要把我们的心放在耶稣身上来跟随他。我们须要爱他最多，因为我们的财 宝在那里，我们的心也在那里。〔太6:21〕耶稣告诉那位年青富有的官去变卖他 所有财产，分给穷人，来积财宝在天，然後跟随耶稣。但这年青人的心与他的财富绑在一起，所以他没有跟随耶稣和进入国度，反而忧愁离去〔太19:21-24〕。
Apparently he loved money more than God.
8. BY LOVING GOD
James says in the Bible that God has “chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him.” (Jas 2:5) We may be poor in the spirit but rich in faith. God has chosen us who love Him to be heirs of the kingdom. We love God because He has first loved us.
9. BY PERSEVERING IN THE FAITH
We enter the kingdom also by persevering in the faith. The kingdom is here and now in the hearts of the believers, but it will be fully manifested when Jesus returns. We will be part of that kingdom. In the mean time we must continue in the faith, as Paul and Barnabas told the believers in the city of Derbe, saying “strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and saying, ‘We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God.’” (Ac 14:22) Jesus had also said that if the world persecuted Him, we as His followers, can expect persecutions. Our persecutions may be little or great, but we must continue in our faith to receive the kingdom. That will be the evidence of our relationship with God.
To be continued next week.
May we put our heart on Jesus to follow Him, loving Him more than anything in our life.
May we also persevere in our faith, overcoming temptation to enter His kingdom.
Tom and Tehwan Tso
“The outcome of your faith is the salvation of your souls.” 1Peter 1:9
“信心的果效， 就是灵魂的救恩” 彼得前书1：9