How it is with us and Kingdom Relationships is blessed. Let me briefly take you back to how I was raised, blessed with a good wife and good children and rich fellowship in the body of Christ.
I was blessed to be raised trusting in Jesus. My parents and siblings were devout Missouri Synod Lutherans. Our farm house in Nebraska was a home of hospitality, often filled with the laughter of happy people. Messiah Jesus led us. God was the source and center of our relationships. We prayed at every meal, shared the Word in daily devotions, went to church together and regularly fellowshipped with other believers, and served on another.
We lived worthy of our parents, helped one another, enjoyed our family, extended family and friends. By the Word and the Spirit, God our Father helped us be faithful and loyal to Himself and one another. Even though we didn’t recognize this as participating in the kingdom, it was. I highly value this rich heritage.
After High School, I went to college for two years. Then, enlisted in the Air Force and served as a flight simulator technician for four years. After that, I was blessed when Judy married me and we started raising a family. I worked for the phone company and went to night school at UNO to get a degree with a business major and math minor. Most of my work life was marketing telephone systems to businesses. Now, I am 80 and Judy and I live in Colorado Springs.
Our own Godly family is a blessing. Judy, the wife of my youth who I love dearly, is a blessing. Our son and his wife and children are a blessing. They live in Irvine, a suburb of Los Angeles. Our daughter and her husband and children are a blessing, they live in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Another blessing in our home is the companionship our Bassett Hound Dash gives us. Dash has helped us get acquainted with the neighbors for 5 blocks around. Most know Dash. He strolls and sniffs and wags his tail at them.
How we matured in Kingdom Relationships
My search for more life in Christ began in the 1970’s. I began getting a picture of life in the kingdom of God and found marvelous light. Then, along with Judy, we began studying, receiving, and applying the gospel of the kingdom. Since I was raised Lutheran, I started by reading and studying the Bible, sola scriptura—Scripture only.
Over the years, Judy and I have shared in one another fellowship with all kinds of believers. We had to sort through many bent teachings by relying on the Bible and the Holy Spirit teaching us as we grew up in Christ.
We have found that very few who trust in Jesus as their Savior view themselves as who they are in Christ. Priests in His kingdom.
From John to the seven churches in Asia. May grace and peace be yours from the one who is, who was, and who is coming, from the seven spirits who are in front of his throne, and from Jesus the Messiah, the witness, the faithful one, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To the one who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and has made us a kingdom, priests for his God and Father, be glory and power forever and ever! Amen. Revelation 1:4-6 ISV cf. 1 Peter 2:1-12
God has made us what we are, creating us in Christ Jesus to do good works, in which God long ago planned for us to live (Eph 2:4-10; Eph 4:11-17; Heb 13:20-21; Rev 1:4).
Anything you do that is motivated by God’s love is a good work, whether you do that work of ministry in your homes, in your come togethers, or where God connects you to help. A mother making her child’s owie better is ministering. You are a minister whether you recognize it or not.
We have found small groups to be our most valued fellowship. We started sharing the Lord’s Supper with others in a small group back in the 70’s. When we moved back to Grand Island in the early 80’s, we attended church but also invited our friends to participate in the Lord’s Supper in our home. We even celebrated Passover Supper annually in the Messianic mode. When we moved to Colorado Springs in 2001, we continued in that one another home fellowship.
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