Text: Matthew 16
We may be Christians yet we tend to have different ways of perceiving Christ.
Churches tend to close their doors to the trend of this world. We are reminded that we shouldn’t be caught up by the ways of this world. Moreover, we shouldn’t be caught up of the world’s pressure. We must remain focused to Jesus.
1. Kingdom mentality assures us that the Lord has chosen us.
Jesus revealed to Peter his plans.
“And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this
rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not
overpower it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven.
Whatever you bind on earth will have been bound in heaven, and
whatever you release on earth will have been released in heaven.”
-To believe He has chosen us to expand His kingdom is to have confidence to do the great commission.
We can have various ways to share Jesus and we should have confidence in doing so for His glory, for His Kingdom. The more we should believe to do in a manner He encourages us to do so.
-To exercise responsibility over the ministry and those souls He entrusted us.
“I tell you the truth, whatever you bind on earth will have been bound in heaven, and whatever you release on earth will have been released in heaven.
We must rebuke, encourage and remind each other with love. Take responsibility.
2. Human mentality naturally contradicts kingdom mentality.
Jesus took it to the next level.
From that time on Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests, and experts in the law, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. So Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him: “God
forbid, Lord! This must not happen to you!”
Peter loves Jesus. We too, as well. Yet as His disciples, we must not be a stumbling block to God’s
Kingdom. Instead of getting too excited or be overwhelmed with our senses and emotions, we should pause, stoop down and pray.
3. Kingdom mentality is always a self-empty mentality.
Not just 90% but wholly.
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone wants to become my follower, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what does it benefit a person if he gains the whole world but forfeits his life? Or what can a person give in exchange for his life?
What is Self-empty mentality?
-Instead of thinking “what will this benefit me?” to “what will benefit others for Kingdom’s sake?”
When we’re focused to the kingdom business, God will see our heart and bless our life. Get out of the box.
-Instead of thinking “this stuff will give me moneyin the future” to “this stuff will put me in a kingdom-influencing position.”
Stuffs can be education, skills, business, profession or any passion of ours. We must aim great things for us to influence people and serve them. When we aim for a better position, we must see that it has to be used for God’s kingdom.
4. Kingdom mentality points us to His future glory. V. 27
When we look at the future victorious glory of His second coming, we will remove the word “backsliding” from the dictionary.
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying: “Look! The residence of God is among human beings. He will live among them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death will not exist any more – or mourning, or crying, or pain, for the former things have ceased to exist.”
By Ptr Sam Tamayo
Taytay First Church of the Nazarene
February 3, 2013