Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Getting Fit for the Kingdom

“Fit for the Kingdom”

The Problem with Christian Leaders
Crawford Loritts has a great book titled, "Leadership as an Identity". In chapter two he discusses the problem with Christian leaders. Namely- young leaders are out to prove themselves, old leaders have proven themselves and run on that track record...if they are not careful & if God doesn't teach them any better. The bottom line is that all of us, young and old, are tempted to live out of pride & "survival of the fittest", proving we are fit. It is ultimately self-glorification or self-preservation.

How does God knock self-dependence & self-glorification out of us?
Romans 8:15-17
For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!”
16 The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God,
17 and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him. 1

-We love the first 2 1/2 verses. But the third one is not very welcome by many. We love, “Abba! Father!”, we gloss over “we suffer with Him so that...”

Like the wording of Romans 8:17 (NLT)
17 And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering.

Suffering precedes future glory. There is no glorification without suffering. It is a normal part of the Christian life.
Suffering is a tool God uses to allow Himself to shine in us. We learn dependence on Him through suffering.
Suffering is a tool God uses to allow Himself to shine through us. We often hide Christ under a bowl of pride. God cracks our bowls of pride so that His light can shine.
POSITIONALLY, we are glorified, through Christ (Romans 8:30), but PRACTICALLY, we are being ”Fit for the Kingdom” (Luke 9:62).

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