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Living Unchained: A Call to Represent the Kingdom

May 20, 2024

One of my favorite songs by KB is called “No Chains,” and the lyric that resonates deeply with me is, “I don’t need your respect, I’m the threat.”

To those who believe that Jesus is God in the flesh, seated at the right hand of the Father in heaven, I want to speak directly. Recognizing that I am made in the image of God, I feel a profound duty to be the best version of myself. This duty extends to being authentically me, uniquely crafted by God, for God. No one else can fulfill the specific purpose designed for me, just as any task you’re called to is tailor-made for you.

The ultimate goal is to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. This involves surrendering our lives to a sovereign God. In doing so, God allows us to sovereignly rule over the tasks He assigns us. What we do is a divine collaboration between us and God, making external respect unnecessary.

My aim is to live a life of repentance, aligning my thoughts with the teachings of the Bible day in and day out. This practice not only helps us grow closer to God but also allows us to shine as lights in a dark world. The fact that we can do this through God’s spirit makes us a threat. When I say, “I don’t need your respect, I’m the threat,” it means I am representing the kingdom of God on earth until His kingdom fully comes to fruition.

I want to encourage all believers to prioritize God, staying diligent in their faith. Daily reading of the Word and seeking God’s grace to live it out enables our actions to be a visible testimony. Through our lives, people will witness God’s transformative power, prompting them to give praise for His work. I am grateful to God for removing my stony heart, replacing it with a heart of repentance, fostering a deep and meaningful relationship with Him.

In conclusion, let’s embrace the call to live unchained, representing the kingdom of God in our unique way. As believers, let’s keep God first, stay diligent, read His Word, and seek His grace daily. May our lives be a testament to the power of God’s transformative work, inspiring others to join in giving praise for what He has done.