What Are You Waiting For?

What Are You Waiting For?

Posted on 02. Feb, 2010 by in Kingdom Lifestyle

So this past Saturday morning I woke up with the Kingdom on my mind. This has been my focus of thoughts and study the past few weeks. Questions such as “What is the Kingdom?” “How do we demonstrate it?” “How much is present now and how much to come?” fill my ruminations.

If you know me or have been following my blogs and Apostolic Notes, you know I am all about demonstrating the miraculous power of Jesus and His Kingdom. Yet on this particular morning, I wondered about this. No I am not doubting, I have seen too much to stop: but I question if maybe there is too much of a focus on a miraculous event?

What I mean: are we living our normal lives, waiting for a miraculous event to demonstrate the power of the Kingdom? When we should be living a lifestyle that is exhibiting a kingdom culture.

Culture is a common set of values and beliefs that are the foundation of actions: Thus every culture has its unique manifestation. This can be clearly seen in many of the Asia countries where their culture has been in existence for hundreds if not thousands of years.

Kingdom demonstration is more than the miraculous, it is a lifestyle based on a unique set of values and beliefs that are not of this world. The greatest challenge to revealing this lifestyle is moving beyond the born again experience: taking our focus off an eternal goal and focusing on a transformational lifestyle.

Along with the miraculous, Jesus ministry was one of teaching and preaching a different life style. What we call the sermon on the Mount (Matthew chap 5 & 6) is a discourse on a way of life that was radically different than what the religious leaders were demonstrating.

I believe the application for us today is this: we live a lifestyle initiated by our born again experience that is based on Kingdom culture. This manner of living is to be the “salt” that attracts others. When they seek us out, we now have the opportunity to demonstrate the power of His kingdom: both in the miraculous and in the new birth.

Food for thought:
Am I waiting for the opportunity to demo the miraculous or am I demo for the transformed Kingdom lifestyle?

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2 Responses to “What Are You Waiting For?”

  1. Pastor Geek

    07. Feb, 2010

    Good thought.

    We do something in a similar spirit here in our little corner of flyover country. We try to live the example given in Acts 2:42. We adhere to the Apostles doctrine, we pray, we fellowship and break bread together. We do this because it’s how the church is supposed to operate. God set it in order and Satan and the world had not yet had a chance to infiltrate it and corrupt it.

    The connection to the miraculous comes by observing Acts 2:43, where wonders and signs were done by the Apostles. I believe that if you get Acts 2:42 right, Acts 2:43 will follow naturally. God will confirm his word with signs and wonders when his church is living and operating the way it was designed.

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    • Martin Schmaltz

      07. Feb, 2010

      Hey bro. Thanks for the comment. The biblical community of Acts 2:42 is a crucial part of manifesting the Kingdom of God. It is within this environment we are able to be vessel that minister the grace of God, bringing healing, restoration and the miraculous to peoples lives. Be blessed.

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