Living The Kingdom Life

Posted on 23 Nov 2014, Pastor: Tolu Makinde
Living The Kingdom Life
Text: Luke 12:16-21
Luk 12:16  And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully:
Luk 12:17  And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?
Luk 12:18  And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods.
Luk 12:19  And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.
Luk 12:20  But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?
Luk 12:21  So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.
The Kingdom
  • A nation/territory that is controlled or ruled by a king
  • In a kingdom the king owns everything
  • Kingdom is different from democracy – where leaders are elected.  Kings are not elected.
  • The citizens of the kingdom are to serve the king
  • The citizens are supposed to look and act like the king or reflect the culture of the king
  • Nigeria was colonized by Great Britain, that is why we wear neck ties, speak English, and drink tea.
  • Brazil was colonized by Portugal, that is why they speak Portuguese
  • The wealth of the king is reflected upon the citizens
  • In a kingdom the wealth is common.  That is why we have commonwealth
  • In a democracy, the wealth of the president does not affect the citizens
  • Democracy is based on ownership, while kingdom is based on access – having access to the King’s resources
  • When a king wants to colonize, he sends his citizens to the nation to colonize them
  • The kingdom of God is to be established on earth
  • Jesus Christ is the King, while we are the citizens
    • 1Pe 2:9  But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
  • We were sent to colonize the world – teach the entire world the way of the Lord (Kingdom) –
    • Math 28:19-20 – Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Mat 28:20  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. 
  • Unfortunately, rather than colonizing the world, the world is colonizing many believers.
Worldly Life
Why Luke 12:16-21?
Sometimes we understand a situation better when we are exposed to the other side.
This man was living a worldly life and not a kingdom life
5 Mistakes this man made by living a worldly lifestyle – this is a trap we must not fall into
  1. He thought the riches belonged to him
  2. He thought he was secure with his riches
  3. He put his hopes on the riches
  4. He thought amassing more wealth will make him happy and secure
  5. He was not rich towards God
The capitalist society of America will have you believe that what this man did was justified.
However, that is based on capitalist ideology, not a kingdom ideology
If you think like this man:
  • You will find it difficult to pay your tithe because you think it belongs to you
  • You will find it difficult to give to those in need
  • You will think that the more money you have, the more secure your future is
  • You will put your trust in how much you have in the bank
  • When you have no money, you will be depressed
  • You will fall easily to the temptation of the enemy and may even steal
    • Judas Iscariot was like this man – Mar 14:10  And Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, went unto the chief priests, to betray him unto them. Mar 14:11  And when they heard it, they were glad, and promised to give him money. And he sought how he might conveniently betray him.
      • He was stealing from the money bag
      • He betrayed Jesus for money
    • Ananias and Saphira were like this man – Act 5:1  But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession, Act 5:2  And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles’ feet.
      • They lied to keep some money, even though it was theirs, and they paid for it with their lives
    • Demas was like this man – 2Ti 4:10  For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia.
  • Anyone who has a worldly mentality can never finish their race well
  • The enemy will succeed in derailing their walk with the Lord
  • Isa 31:1  Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help; and stay on horses, and trust in chariots, because they are many; and in horsemen, because they are very strong; but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel, neither seek the LORD!
    • Cursed be those that put their trust in anything but the Lord God
Kingdom Life
Luke 12:22-30 – we are not supposed to worry about things that we can have access to

Luke 12:31, Math 6:33 – But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

  • We have things backwards. We seek first the things that are supposed to be added unto us, rather than seeking the kingdom first.
  • We are to be rich towards God first – Luk 12:21  So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.
  • We must not put the carriage before the horse
  • This is not to say you are not to work or not to save
  • It is saying, get your priorities in the right place.  Put things in the right perspective.
  • Psa 20:7  Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God. Psa 20:8  They are brought down and fallen: but we are risen, and stand upright. Psa 20:9  Save, LORD: let the king hear us when we call. 
    • We will put our trust in God and not in riches
    • Those who trust in riches are brought down and fallen
    • We, who trust in God, are risen and stand upright
Living The Kingdom Life says:
  1. Your riches belongs to the King
  2. The King provides security
  3. Your hope is in the King
  4. Access to the King’s resources is better than ownership
  5. You are a custodian/manager, not an owner
  6. Use the resources in your care wisely and not selfishly
  7. You are blessed so you can be a blessing to others, not just to yourself
  • You can’t live the Kingdom life without being in the kingdom
  • You must be a citizen of the kingdom to live the kingdom life
  • To be a citizen, you must give your life to the King – The King who gave His life for you
  • The King who is preparing a place for you – not just any place, but a mansion
  • The King who left His throne and died like a common criminal so that He can give you eternal life
  • His name is Jesus Christ
  • Rev 19:16  And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.
  • No earthly king will give their life for the citizens, but this King gave up His life on the cross, so that the citizens will not suffer
  • This King is offering you the gift of eternal life in His Kingdom right now.  
  • Would you like to accept this gift?
  • Would you like to become a citizen of His kingdom?