Saturday, October 22, 2022

Called to Inherit the Kingdom

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1 Corinthians 6:9-10 (NET) Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived! The sexually immoral, idolaters, adulterers, passive homosexual partners, practicing homosexuals, thieves, the greedy, drunkards, the verbally abusive, and swindlers will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Mr. Banji was a very successful businessman who had built a business empire that provided employment for thousands of people. He wanted his children to take the reins of his business empire, so he was very particular about training them to be like him in decision-making and business acumen. Mr. Banji could not hand his business over to just anyone. Those who would run the business must have his wisdom and skills. Thankfully, his children had his genes, so they could easily learn and become like him.

God created man to be in His image and after His likeness because He wanted man to inherit His eternal kingdom. The creator of the universe has a kingdom that governs His creation, and He wants us to inherit that kingdom. The first man(Adam) sinned and fell short of the glory of God and forfeited this glorious destiny. In him, we all sinned and inherited an unrighteous rebellious nature towards God.

The Lord God was not willing to give up on "project man". He came down into our world and fulfilled all the requirements for people to be made righteous and redeemed so they would be restored to their original destiny and inherit God's kingdom. In order for anyone to partake in this, he would have to deny the rebellion of Adam (that man his own master) and come under the Lordship of Christ as his master. This means he would start living to please the Lord rather than himself.

Everything we do to please ourselves rather than the Lord will produce unrighteousness. But when we live to please the Lord, we would ultimately find that this would give us more joy and pleasure than we could have ever found in pursuing our own pleasure(Psalm 16:11).

If a person claims to believe in the Lord Jesus but still continues to live a life of unrighteousness, his lifestyle demonstrates that he is not abiding under the Lordship of Christ. If Jesus is truly your Lord, you would live to please Him. A life lived to please the Lord is a righteous life. A life lived to please yourself is an unrighteous life.

Go into today remembering that living to please yourself rather than to please the Lord produces unrighteousness. But when pleasing the Lord becomes your priority, you will find righteousness, purpose, and destiny.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi

Yearly Plan: II Chronicles 1-5 (In Devotional Audio)
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