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Pursuing Christ

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The 3 Question to Fulfilling God’s Mission

Matthew 6:33 LEB
But seek first his kingdom and righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
Acts 1:8 ESV
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Matthew 6:23 LEB
But if your eye is evil, your whole body will be dark. Therefore if the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!
Matt 6.23
Matthew 6:24 ESV
“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.
Acts 1:8 LEB
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the farthest part of the earth.”

Textual Comments

Matthew 6:33 ESV
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
And, as if to make this the more evident, the two keynotes of this great sermon seem purposely struck in it—“the KINGDOM” and “the RIGHTEOUSNESS” Of the kingdom—as the grand objects, in the supreme pursuit of which all things needful for the present life will be added to us. The precise sense of every word in this golden verse should be carefully weighed. “The kingdom of God” is the primary subject of the Sermon on the Mount—that kingdom which the God of heaven is erecting in this fallen world, within which are all the spiritually recovered and inwardly subject portion of the family of Adam, under Messiah as its Divine Head and King. “The righteousness thereof” is the character of all such, so amply described and variously illustrated in the foregoing portions of this discourse. The “seeking” of these is the making them the object of supreme choice and pursuit; and the seeking of them “first” is the seeking of them before and above all else. The “all these things” which shall in that case be added to us are just the “all these things” which the last words of assured us “our heavenly Father knoweth that we have need of”; that is, all we require for the present life. And when our Lord says they shall be “added,” it is implied, as a matter of course, that the seekers of the kingdom and its righteousness shall have these as their proper and primary portion: the rest being their gracious reward for not seeking them. (See an illustration of the principle of this in , ). What follows is but a reduction of this great general direction into a practical and ready form for daily use.
Jamieson, R., Fausset, A. R., & Brown, D. (1997). Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible (Vol. 2, p. 29). Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

We are citizens of the Kingdom of God; therefore, our pursuit is different from that of a citizen of this world system.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, “

We SEEK to please God rather than ourselves. Or satan through the desires of our flesh and mind.

Ephesians 2:1–2 AMP
AND YOU [He made alive], when you were dead (slain) by [your] trespasses and sins In which at one time you walked [habitually]. You were following the course and fashion of this world [were under the sway of the tendency of this present age], following the prince of the power of the air. [You were obedient to and under the control of] the [demon] spirit that still constantly works in the sons of disobedience [the careless, the rebellious, and the unbelieving, who go against the purposes of God].
Ephesians 2:3 AMP
Among these we as well as you once lived and conducted ourselves in the passions of our flesh [our behavior governed by our corrupt and sensual nature], obeying the impulses of the flesh and the thoughts of the mind [our cravings dictated by our senses and our dark imaginings]. We were then by nature children of [God’s] wrath and heirs of [His] indignation, like the rest of mankind.
Notice in this verse the before we were in Christ, we yielded ourselves to the passions of the flesh. This is not the way we live now, we have experienced in HIM a transformation stated in the Romans.

The new birth experience is the rebirth of the human spirit. We now can fulfill the will of the Father.

Romans 12:1–2 ESV
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

The new birth experience is the rebirth of the human spirit. We now can fulfill the will of the Father.

After the new birth, we must undergo the renewing of the mind through the reading, studying, hearing, memorizing and the meditation of the Word of God.

This process will bring about transformation and not behavior modification.

The vision of Zoe 2.0 is LOVE, LEAD, IMPACT.

Love ALL people, Lead them into an intimate walk with Jesus, impact generations through them.

Leading them into an intimate walk with Jesus is only possible through the integration of the Word of God and Prayer.

Prayer and the Word is what we call FELLOWSHIP which is key to the cultivation of HIS presence in our lives.

God’s presence to the human being has the same effect a cocoon has for a caterpillar experiences in its metamorphosis.

eph
(in an insect or amphibian) The process of transformation from an immature form to an adult form in two or more distinct stages.
A change of the form or nature of a thing or person into a completely different one, by natural or supernatural means.
All butterflies have "complete metamorphosis." To grow into an adult they go through 4 stages: egg, larva, pupa and adult. Each stage has a different goal - for instance, caterpillars need to eat a lot, and adults need to reproduce.

3 Questions

Where is your Jerusalem?

Where is your team?

Who is your Timothy/Ruth?

These are not only questions, but this is also an outlining a maturity process. (Love, Lead, Impact)

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