OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE
There is a danger about serving: it can be done for the wrong reasons.
In most religions serving is done to earn some sort of spiritual credit with no assurance of eternal life being offered.
These "Believers" are never sure that their good works are acceptable to their "god/s" or enough to earn their salvation.
Those who believe the Lord have eternal life. There is no way for it to be earned.
And they can be sure that serving Christ in righteous acts is both well pleasing to God and seen as genuine by men (Romans 14'17 paraphrased).
Opportunities to serve the Lord occur constantly, sometimes unexpectedly. Remember the Lord's example of the good Samaritan (Luke 10)?
Galatians 6'10 says:
"Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith".
"And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ," Colossians 3'23-24.
"For we are His workmanship,
created in Christ Jesus for good works,
which God prepared beforehand
that we should walk in them,"
The Kingdom of God Today
TOWARD KINGDOM FULLNESS
(FATHER, SON, HOLY SPIRIT)
"Listen, my beloved brethren:
Has God not chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith
and heirs of the kingdom
which He promised to those who love Him?"
“Assuredly, I say to you,
whoever does not receive the kingdom of God
as a little child will by no means enter it,”
After the giving of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost the whole counsel of the Kingdom of God began to be taught to, and practised by, those who had been saved.
It had been the Lord's main message, especially during the days immediately prior to the sending of the Holy Spirit.
For the Apostles, especially Paul, it was the same. Consequently, the New Testament refers to the Kingdom of God/Heaven many times.
But there are two other Kingdom statements that call for understanding:
First is, "the Kingdom of the Son of His love" that Paul referred to.
Second is, "My Father's Kingdom", that Jesus referred to.
It has to be said that these statements are seldom distinguished from the Kingdom of God (which they are part of, of course) in Believers' thinking.
Nevertheless, what they represent is always accessible to them. But they must have some significance. And there can't be three kingdoms!
From their settings in the New Testament they appear to be God's means of putting emphasis on His People's specific relationship to Him and to the enemy.
It could be said that they are understandings within the overall understanding of the Kingdom of God. To follow them through the place to start is where Jesus spoke to Nicodemus.
This is where the first "understanding within" (the Kingdom of the Son of His love) becomes relevant.
"Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God", John 3'3.
When an unbeliever hears the Good News, repents and believes and receives Christ as their Saviour they are born again.
As a result of this they are given the understanding that the Kingdom of God is a reality. They are no longer blinded by Satan.
That's because their heavenly Father has "conveyed" them, putting them in the place from which it is possible to see their new spiritual environment, the Kingdom of God.
That place of understanding that the Kingdom of God is a reality is "the Kingdom of the Son of His Love".