But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides. Matthew 6:33, Amplified Bible. (emphasis added)
The Kingdom of God is God’s system of operation or how He does business. And every kingdom has a protocol. A protocol is system of rules that explain the correct conduct and procedures to be followed in formal situations.
Yesterday we discussed how the Kingdom operated differently than systems of this world. Prayer is one of the primary ways we find out the expressed will of the King.
Many times we make decisions based on past experiences, emotions, or the suggestions of others. In most cases, this is not plan of the Kingdom. The King actually has a better way of handling the situation than we could ever conceive on our own. The King has both insight and foresight regarding every matter that exists. When you utilize the protocol of prayer, you are requesting His insight; you are seeking the Kingdom way.
This is why we must pray that “His will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” We really don’t get a vote in the matter. If we don’t know His will, we can get sidetracked by the things He will freely add to our lives and not accomplish His will in the earth. Here is a great example of Kingdom thinking:
11 “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. 12 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. Matthew 5:11-12 (NKJV)
This type of behavior is in complete contradiction to the ways of mankind. We have been trained by society to stand up for ourselves, but the Kingdom has a different way. Jesus taught that we should rejoice be glad when people ridicule our faith in Him.
I have been a disciple of Christ for quite some time and I have been teased and mocked because of holy living and Christian beliefs. I’ve been called a “little saint”, “preacher boy”, “holy roller”, “Bible thumper” and other names. In most cases, I ignored them or gave a defense for my actions. Looking back, I realized I missed the Kingdom’s viewpoint regarding these matters.
The Kingdom’s has a protocol regarding ridicule and mockery. I was to REJOICE and be EXCEEDINGLY GLAD!! Of course I will not feel like rejoicing or being exceeding glad, but I don’t get a vote. This is NOT a democracy; this is not a poll of popular opinion.
When we decide to defend ourselves, we leave ourselves venerable and unprepared for the next attack. It’s hard to forgive or pray for people that you are mad at. Jesus actually wants them to be loved into the Kingdom.
When is the last time you rejoiced when someone criticized your stand for Jesus Christ?