Recently murdered LA Hip-Hop star Nipsey Hussle replied on a question about all money he earned, The selfless servant:
“We look at life like it’s about what you can get from life. I read something, and I was like, that’s not what it is, you’ll always be unfulfilled if you look at life like that. It’s about knowing you’re going to leave one day.… And you know when you leave, the only way you’re going to be fulfilled is if you know you gave everything you had. You emptied yourself here, you left it all here, because it’s temporary and you’ve got a moment.”
So many of us live a life of collecting, what we can become in this world, what we can achieve, not for others but for ourselves. Yes even amongst us, but then it is more to be acknowledged on a platform, or a growing church. We are more self centered than we admit. E.g. if you look at a group photo whom do you search for first? Yes, yourself, if your are looking good or not. This has its roots from the beginning when man wanted to become like God. Have the same knowledge and insight. Even though God did man into his image.
Sometimes this with Kingdom Culture and discipleship can be a bit unclear, so I just wanted to give some flesh to what it really means practically.
”In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. He presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God.” – Acts 1:1-3 ESV
All Jesus did and taught breaths Kingdom Culture. Even after suffering the cross and resurrection he talks for forthy days about his suffering you could imagine? No he talks about…yes, correct, the Kingdom!
Only from this we can learn a lot. His focus was not on himself and what he just had gone through, it was the greater good, the mission, the reason for his sufferings that was his purpose.
The Kingdom was his focus. His legacy was by far more important than his long sufferings. Now that is Kingdom Culture. To give yourself away. (Not talking about nihilism).
Luke says: all Jesus did and taught.
Therefor everything Jesus did, pointed towards how Kingdom Culture looks like.
Paul puts it very well in his letter to the Philippians, 2:1-11 ESV
”So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
Emptied himself is an spiritual exercise.
Jesus did it by becoming a servant, thinking like a servant, acting like a servant, identified himself like a servant. Not less in value, but to serve others. That is Kingdom Culture.
Making your bed
In a viral youtube clip an officer talks to his cadets, meaning of life. One major thing is to make the bed in the morning. If nothing else is successful during the day, at least your bed is a success. Something good you have accomplished.
I think there is a golden Kingdom rule here, starting your morning making your bed.
You start the morning leaving something better. Then next thing you do the same, leave the kitchen table little better, put the chairs right, clean the table. Then if you go by car, clean out garbage from the car. Going to school, leave the classroom a bit more tidy compare to when you came.
If you start doing this as a pattern of life, you suddenly will leave this world a better place, just like Jesus did, and just like the Kingdom is all about.
In the bussiness, we are working with something called 5S. Basically to have a clean and tidy working place. Everytime we have used a conference room, we remind ourselves about 5S and put everything back in place according to detailed descriptions. We leave the conference room a better place.
In everything you do, whomever you meet. Leave it or them a better place. Clean up, share love, send a prayer, carry a burden an extra mile, serve those around you, then you extend the Kingdom. That is what Jesus did on the cross, so we could multiply doing the same to those around us. It is far more important what you do to others, than just live a holy life yourself. Not saying we should sanctify ourself, but focus has to be outwards more than inwards.
If you are safe with whom you are in Christ, that you belong to a Kingdom, then you can deny yourself pick up your cross and start to follow your King Jesus example.
By doing this, you practically are doing what Jesus states in Matthew 20:1-16 ESV:
””For the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. After agreeing with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And going out about the third hour he saw others standing idle in the marketplace, and to them he said, ‘You go into the vineyard too, and whatever is right I will give you.’ So they went. Going out again about the sixth hour and the ninth hour, he did the same. And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing. And he said to them, ‘Why do you stand here idle all day?’ They said to him, ‘Because no one has hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You go into the vineyard too.’ And when evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the laborers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last, up to the first.’ And when those hired about the eleventh hour came, each of them received a denarius. Now when those hired first came, they thought they would receive more, but each of them also received a denarius. And on receiving it they grumbled at the master of the house, saying, ‘These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.’ But he replied to one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius? Take what belongs to you and go. I choose to give to this last worker as I give to you. Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or do you begrudge my generosity?’ So the last will be first, and the first last.””
Focus is on the vineyard. Not our reward or ourself! That is Kingdom Culture.
If you are uncertain of your destiny, start by following these practical insights and you will find the purpose in life.
Lets make this world a better place! Shall we?