Jesus brought the kingdom of heaven to the earth. He demonstrated not only the power and love of God, but the possibility of a new breed of people who would not have to live bound by the deception and limitations of this world.
When he started His ministry it says "He began to preach repent the kingdom of heaven's at hand".
Turn from the influence of this world, be free from the desire for the things of this world, turn from dependence on the wisdom of this world, begin to walk and retrain your mind according to the kingdom of heaven.
"For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world".
"The world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever".
Think about what was "in" a few decades ago, looking back now many of those things seem so goofy now. The styles and mindsets even the slang in our culture looking back seems so corny, but at the time the spirit of the world energized and anointed those things to keep people under it's influence.
The gospel never changes, go ahead and look back 10, 20, or even 2,000 yrs ago the kingdom never changes, it's eternal, truth never changes and our mandate never changes. I believe there will always be the temptation to try to "fit in" with the world. I'm all for being "relevant" but many times it seems in the name of being "relevant" were really just trying to fit in to the world.
The nature of the kingdom is that it doesn't fit in, it takes over, it changes lives, neighborhoods, and circumstances it's about time we as the church stop trying to be "like" the world.
Our message isn't a clever self help program, the bible says "turn away from people who have a form of godliness but deny it's power". Many today receive their help from the clever deception of the world more then the simple powerful truth of the scripture. We need to whole heartedly embrace a supernatural kingdom mindset if were to make it.
This world is not our home we need to live like were from heaven on a mission to bring the rule and reign of heaven to earth.
The other day on outreach to one of our tougher neighborhoods, we were getting ready to leave, on our way out, the car in front of us was stopped and the driver was having a conversation with a guy leaning in his car. It was obvious he wasn't in a hurry to let us pass.
A drug dealer came up to our car and being a car full of white people assumed we were looking to buy something. He asked us what we needed and we said " we don't need anything were just out preaching the gospel the car ahead won't let us pass."
It was like we showed him our ambassador Id's from heaven he shouted to the guy ahead something like "let them through their preaching the gospel"! The guy resisted at first but the dealer got louder, and louder, and with more authority told him to move it.
It was pretty cool, it really felt like we were in an ambassador motorcade. The truth is were not of this world, the glory of the Lord has risen upon us.
Were truly citizens of heaven, lets start acting like it!