In my last post, I talked about transmitting culture by sharing with and teaching others. Today, I’d like to talk about the flip side of that: creating Kingdom culture by learning and receiving it.
Kingdom culture is good, and it is a thing that we should have. The values, power and character of God are very good things. And God is a good Dad. First of all, we must understand that the deep things of God are things He wants to give us, things He will give to us who ask Him. Jesus put it this way:
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!”–Matthew 7:9-11
Since God is the greatest of fathers, we have only to look to Him for everything we need, including a good heart, good character and exceptional morals. He is the source of all wisdom, boldness and life.
There are many ways to look at the concept of freedom. “Negative” freedom seems to be the call of the world today; it is the freedom to do whatever we want: good, bad or ugly. Positive freedom, on the other hand, is the freedom to do as we ought to do. This is what God intends for all of us: to be bound, choked and destroyed in matters of the flesh, but completely free to do His will, inside and out. The enemy intends to trap us in fear, comfort and reservation, but God desires us to be completely, utterly, lavishly and unashamedly living out of love for Him, in total freedom.
This concept of positive freedom applies to our reception of God’s Kingdom culture. If we are to know Him and do what He says, we must be free to believe and act. Thank God that He made a way for us! As we live with our hearts in complete submission to Him, we are continually washed by Jesus’ blood, free from the power of sin and death, free to live our lives in righteousness. God has broken the chains from our hearts.
Since God gives us freedom and responds to our requests, what is there left for us to do in our pursuit of God’s heart? Our role is simply to ask and receive. Reception can be tricky, though. Sometimes we miss what God is saying, because we are distracted by many things. We must “choose the good part”(Luke 10:42) by positioning ourselves to receive from God.
Our physical posture even plays a role in this. We can get down on our knees. We can raise our hands high. We can even dance wildly! Our physical posture often directs our emotional posture, aligning our mind and heart with Heaven. The purpose here is that our whole being be fully engaged with what God wants to place in us.
And so we pursue Him by waiting on Him, for He is faithful to give. Whether we wait in a prayer closet by ourselves, small meeting room with two others or outdoor stadium with ten thousand others, our Dad will show up. May we never fail to recognize Him and be changed by Him.
“John answered, ‘A person cannot receive even one thing unless it is given him from heaven.'”–John 3:27