Kingdom Of God For Common Man
Jesus did not come to comfort the religious, but to bring hope to those who realized their need. While religious leaders followed him hoping to catch him in some error the common people followed him hoping to be touched by his anointing.
It is interesting that his first persecution was in Nazareth. Luke records Jesus sitting in the synagogue and reading to the leaders from Isaiah about the ministry he had been anointed to fulfill.
When he explained that he already knew he would not be accepted in Nazareth because “no prophet is accepted in his hometown” (Luke 4:24), these fine religious folks became angry and tried to throw him from a cliff, but he escaped them.
Religious people rejected him because he did not fit the picture they had developed of the Messiah. The common people, however, saw his works and made their decision based upon what they saw him do. It was kingdom anointing that attracted people to him.
The primary purpose of the kingdom is not to fulfill religious expectations but to answer the needs of the people. Religious leaders are not much different today. If the work of the Holy Spirit does not fit their preconceived ideas, then they reject it. And because they are more committed to their tradition than to the move of God they miss what God is doing in the now.
God is looking for people who will hear his call and be willing to go beyond the walls of religious expectation to affect this generation with kingdom anointing. He is looking for people who are willing to risk rejection by religious folks in order to accomplish his will. Are you one of those people?
Prayer: Lord, help me to not let my religious tradition keep me from kingdom anointing for this generation. In Jesus name. Amen.
Message: The primary purpose of the kingdom is not to fulfill religious expectations but to answer the needs of the people. God is looking for people who will hear his call and be willing to go beyond the walls of religious expectation to affect this generation with kingdom anointing.
Affirmation: I am committed to sharing kingdom hope with others who are in need of hope.
Reflection: Why do you think the religious people of Nazareth wanted to kill Jesus when he told them, "No prophet is accepted in his hometown?" This devotion calls people to be willing to "go beyond the walls of religious expectation." What do you think that means?
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