Text: 1 Corinthians 9:19-23
“So it was, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned for many days; I was fasting and praying before the God of heaven.” (Neh 1:4).
You can’t say you love Jesus when you are not moved by what moves Him. Religious people identify with Christ but have no concern for the cause of Christ.
According to our memory verse, what brought tears from Nehemiah’s eyes were the appalling news he heard about the Jews returnee in Jerusalem and the broken walls. Are you moved about the condition of the church in your country? What you value is reflected in what you do, the decisions you make and the people you associate with. Moses chose to identify with God’s people rather than the pleasure of Egypt (Heb 11:25). What he would gain wasn’t as important to him as what God would gain! What a kingdom-valued man! Irrespective of any argument, who you associate with or who you cast your vote for is a reflection of what you value!
Secondly, a kingdom-valued believer is one who esteems the kingdom joy more than any other earthly joy and is ready to pay the price to get it. “to the weak I became as weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.” (I Cor 9:22). Paul was so concerned about advancing the kingdom that he gave up his right and privileges; his desires and pleasures and anything that wouldn’t help him in his Christian walk nor helpful to the people whom he was called to serve, even if those things were not sinful (I Cor 8:13). Likewise, if you are a kingdom-valued believer, you will give up anything that can hinder you or slow you down in your heavenly race, be it friends, business partners, money, social media, even when they are not sinful.
1. Father, stir up Your love in my heart that I will be moved by what moves You in Jesus name.
2. Father, make me a kingdom-valued believer and help me to give up anything that can hinder or slow me down in my Christian journey in Jesus name.
1.Who you associate with or cast your vote for is a true reflection of what you value.
2. I don’t ask “Is it a sin anymore but is it helpful for my Christian walk and to the people I am called to serve?”