BIBLE READING: 1PETER 2:9; ACTS 10:34-35; PROVERBS 14:34; MATTHEW 6:33
“So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold on to the traditions we
taught you, whether we taught you in person or through our letter.” 2Thessalonians 2:15(NKJV)
The Kingdom of God refers to the Lord God Almighty’s Absolute Rule as Sovereign of all creation. Alluding to this, King David prophesied in the Spirit: “God has spoken once, twice I have heard this: That Power belongs to God.” (Ps.62:11). In other words, all authority belongs to Him. The Lord raised the Nation of Israel as a people consecrated to Himself as the Firstfruit of His Increase. (Jer.v2:3) He established Israel as a picture of how a nation embodying His Culture or Values is blessed indeed. (Ps. 144:15) Under the New Covenant, the Church is that Nation which is the Expression or Showcase of His Glory.
Culture can be defined as “all the knowledge and values shared by a society”. In other words, a people’s culture or values ends up shaping their worldview which then filters out their principles. These principles then lead to the adoption of certain traditions or customs. By definition, a tradition or custom is “a long-standing accepted or habitual practice.” Since the Church of Jesus Christ as custodians of the Kingdom of God is a Nation in her own right, (1Pet. 2:9) then every Christian is bound by a Kingdom Culture which determines our actions and reactions. For instance, there is no such thing as an African Church or an American Christian. Apostle Paul would always write “to the Church of God which is at Corinth….” (1Cor. 1:2) or “to the saints who are in Ephesus…” (Eph.1:1). The Church is a Nation with a Kingdom Culture, Kingdom Principles and Kingdom Traditions or Customs. Put in a different way, every believer is meant to be “Christo-Centric yet ethno-conscious”.
This leaves us as genuine Christians with the responsibility of cultivating the Kingdom Culture. We must internalize and put into practice Kingdom Values such as the following:
(1.) Humility: This is one of the first two values Jesus requires of us. (Matt. 11:29)
(2.) Meekness: Also known as gentleness, this is not weakness but rather strength under control. (Matt. 12:20)
(3.) Integrity: This is the quality of being whole (integer) or being one with your words. (Tit. 2:7)
(4.) Holiness: This is one of the most important values for no man can see the Lord without it. (Heb. 12:14)
(5.) Service: In the Kingdom, service is the pathway to greatness. (Mk. 10:45)
(6.) Diligence: Labouring by grace is a Major Kingdom Value while laziness is a taboo. (2Thess. 3:10)
(7.) Love: Agape is easily the greatest of the Values of the Kingdom for it is the Acid Test of Christianity. (Jn. 13:34-35)
Heavenly Father, to You alone do we ascribe all the Glory and Honour. O Lord, we receive the Grace to cultivate the Kingdom Values and model the right behaviour in Jesus’ Mighty Name. Amen.