“Seek ye FIRST the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness.” Matthew 6:33
Although I gave my life to Jesus when I was in the 7th grade, I’m afraid I didn’t understand a lot about what that meant for a very long time. I believe the main reason I did this was to keep from going to hell. I was a pretty good kid, so it served me naturally to do what I wanted to do to serve me, and to judge those who weren’t following the rules I thought we were supposed to follow. With that false narrative, I also believed I would be rewarded for doing the right thing and He would like me better. I was one of the most legalistic Christians around, and for a long time, those lies served me well.
You can’t imagine the relief when I truly learned of a better way, life in His Kingdom. My life was transformed as I grew deeper into His Kingdom. The Lord created us all so we strive for little queendoms and kingdoms. Then He sent Jesus to give us a vision of His Kingdom and abundant life. It seems the trick is to run my queendom as He runs His, by the same principles and truths. It blew my mind that this life was immediately available to me and that He would grant me power and wisdom for the journey.
I have spent the last 15 years with the vision of living life to the fullest in His Kingdom through relying on Him. The Bible calls that ‘abundant life’. After that vision, I developed an intention to obey the teachings of Jesus. Grace and forgiveness have been welcomed partners along this journey, but the joy and peace that I have found has been real everyday. Solitude, silence, study, worship, sabbath keeping, sacrificing, and surrender are a few of the disciplines I continue to practice as I strive to become more like Jesus. I find my identity in Jane in whom Christ dwells as I seek to live as “that person” right now, already in Eternity.
And you wanna know the best part? This Kingdom life is available to every single one of us, right now, where we are. My hope is you will join me in Kingdom living as we serve our unchanging and powerful God.
Jane is a follower of Christ and lives for His Kingdom. She coaches women’s basketball at the University of Nevada, Reno and has 3 fun-loving shelties.