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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

February 14, 2018

Estate sales are a big deal where we live. The possessions of those who have died or been moved to a care facility are made available to the public. Often the sale offerings are items of sentimental value to their recent owner, but little material value to prospective buyers. But, shoppers come in hopes of finding at least one item of value.

"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls, and upon finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it. (Matthew 13.45-46)

This kingdom parable is often misunderstood. It is considered that we are the merchant, and the kingdom is the pearl of great price. But, it may well be that Jesus is the merchant, and the church is the pearl of great price for which He "went and sold all that he had and bought it."

The church is Jesus' "kingdom project," bought and paid for with His very blood. Ephesians 5.25-27 describes the price paid to make His church something of beauty and value. At its best, the church is a living demonstration of the coming kingdom. Through sacrificial love for one another, and passionate focus and declaration of the message of the kingdom of God, His church embodies the pearl of great price. And, the destiny of the church is to "be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years.(Revelation 20.6)

We have an exciting role and destiny as His valued treasure!


Steve Taylor, 2018

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February 13, 2018

Visiting the church for the first time, a couple heard a guest speaker that day teach about the kingdom of God. Not being especially convinced of the priority of the kingdom of God message myself, I visited them in their home the next week. Much to my surprise, they were fascinated and intrigued by the message, and had a multitude of questions concerning it. They had discovered the valuable treasure of the kingdom of God, and were instrumental in my discovery of it as well.

"The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid again; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field." (Matthew 13.44)

Anyone with a passion for biblical truth will recognize truth treasures when they read and hear about them. And, they will absolutely "sell out" for this truth. This will become their passion.

The kingdom of God/kingdom of heaven was and is unquestionably the "magnificent obsession" of Jesus. Every miracle was a demonstration of it. Every teaching and parable was an explanation of it. This message was His life purpose (Luke 4.43)

Life is full of discoveries. We learn something new every day. The greatest discovery of all is the great truth at the heart of everything Jesus was and is about. When His passion becomes our passion, great things happen! May we totally sell out for the treasure of the kingdom.


Steve Taylor, 2018

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Wednesday, February 07, 2018

February 7, 2018

Influence is the capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behavior of someone or something.

"The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three pecks of flour until it was all leavened." (Matthew 11.33)

The influence of leaven, or yeast, can be seen in a rising batch of dough. Its effects are absolutely pervasive; the yeast affects all of the dough it is introduced into. The parable of Jesus really emphasizes this because an exaggerated amount is mentioned: 50 pounds of flour. That's a lot of dough for bread!

The point is that the kingdom of heaven is exerting considerable influence in a hidden way today. The world may not appear to be influenced for the better in greatly noticeable ways, but the kingdom is quietly influencing a growing number of lives in increasing ways. You and I are yielding more and more to its influence. We are influencing lives around us with it. The kingdom is gaining an growing foothold in lives, in advance of its coming in fullness at the return of Christ.

Rejoice today as you yield to the influence of the kingdom and its king.


Steve Taylor, 2018

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Tuesday, February 06, 2018

February 6, 2014

Big things start small. Corporate giants Microsoft and Apple began as garage businesses. But, their phenomenal growth is nothing compared to this:

"The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field; and this is smaller than all other seeds, but when it is full grown, it is larger than the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches." (Matthew 13.31-32)

The point to Jesus' parable is that the kingdom of heaven is destined to be the most successful project of all times. Beginning as a miniscule seed, its growth will be astounding; so great as to fill the entire world (Daniel 2.44). We who are kingdom citizens, then, are a part of the most successful venture ever.

The growth of the kingdom is not as we might imagine. It is not evidenced by a world that becomes more and more God-like and Christ-like; as if all will be just short of perfection the moment before Christ returns. Rather, it is the almost imperceptible growth through changed lives. Lost sinners becoming kingdom citizens through faith in Christ. Those partially enlightened coming to full and liberating truth, in spite of opposition, resistance and persecution. Growth in grace, love, and truth.

As citizens of the kingdom, we are part of a movement that is undermining the evil and flawed systems of the world. We are part of a peaceful revolution that will be ultimately successful, no matter how things might appear. Thus, we have every reason for full confidence and victorious living as we move ever forward to the great climax when "The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever." (Revelation 11.15)


Steve Taylor, 2018

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

January 24, 2018

Torn between two worlds. Such is the dilemma of kingdom citizens.

"Jesus presented another parable to them, saying, 'The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed wheat tares among the wheat, and went away. But when the wheat sprouted and bore grain, then the tares became evident also.' " (Matthew 13.24-26)

Jesus came to sow the seed, the word of the kingdom. Those who received it became that good seed, "the sons of the kingdom (Matthew 13.38). But, the devil sowed counterfeit seed, and those deceived by him became "the sons of the evil one." (Matthew 13.38) Both "crops" are allowed to grow side by side in this age, until the coming judgement at the return of Christ (Matthew 13.40-43)

It is good for us to know these facts. The two "fields" (kingdoms) that exist in this age don't always coexist peacefully. The evil kingdom seeks to draw the sons of the kingdom into its domain, while we seek to rescue the sons of the evil one from his kingdom and influence. In this age, it is an ongoing dilemma. But, we are optimistic and encouraged in knowing that "greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world" (1 John 4.4) The two kingdoms are not equal; we belong to the superior one!

Fully confident of the inevitable outcome, may we live faithfully, fruitfully, and victoriously in a world with two kingdoms in conflict.


Steve Taylor, 2018

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

January 23,2018

Jesus saw the kingdom amidst the ordinary. Seed, soil, yeast, treasures, and pearls became illustrations of deeper truths concerning the kingdom of God.

Perhaps His best known parable is that of seed and soil, recorded in Matthew 13.1-9. Seed fell on various types of soil, and grew according to the quality of the soil. He explained the parable (Matthew 13.18-24), telling us that we are represented by the varying types of soil, and our response to "the word of the kingdom" (Matthew 13.19). If there is no room in our heart and mind to receive this kingdom word, the devil is more than willing to snatch it away from us. If we are marginally responsive, the kingdom seed withers when adversity comes. If worldly pursuits take precedent, the kingdom seed is eventually squeezed out and fails to be productive. But, if we hear, understand, and have a genuine desire for the things of the kingdom, it will be productive in our lives.

What is the priority of the kingdom in your life? Are you seeking to better understand it, and partner with the King in His great kingdom cause? Is His kingdom your passion (Matthew 6.33)? The kingdom is so much more than theological truth; it is the lifestyle of those preparing themselves and others for the coming of Christ, and the great government we will share with Him (Revelation 20.6).

May the kingdom be our number one passion and priority.


Steve Taylor, 2018

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

January 17, 2018

First things first. Having our priorities in order is ... well, a high priority. At the top of the list is one abundantly clear priority: "But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you." (Matthew 6.33)

The "kingdom agenda"and its associated lifestyle is to be priority number one for the disciple of Jesus. This, He says, takes precedent over an obsessive fixation on daily needs such as food, drink, and clothing. We do not neglect to work to obtain these things (2 Thessalonians 3.10-13), but they do not become our number one pursuit.

To daily impress on our minds the kingdom priority, we pray the model prayer: "Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6.10) Making this our prayer priority, we then are guided to kingdom priorities with our time, money, and energy.

Just what this kingdom priority looks like differs from person to person. For some it will be teaching, preaching and writing. For others, assisting the helpless and needy. Still others will find expression through evangelistic activities and action.

Make the kingdom of God top priority. May a passion for its progress and advancement unless a mighty force of workers.


Steve Taylor, 2018

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

January 16, 20178

No higher compliment could be given than this: "he followed the LORD God of Israel fully." (Joshua 14.14)

These words described Caleb, a man of faith and commitment. He along with Joshua were the only two of twelve spies who returned from the Promised Land with a positive report and admonition that the Israelites should immediately move to occupy the land (Numbers 13.30). Unfortunately, the estimation of the other ten spies prevailed, resulting in forty years of needless wandering in the wilderness. Now, forty years later, Caleb is given a specific inheritance in the Promised Land.

Caleb serves as a shining example for us. Brimming with faith, he knew of the power and possibilities of Yahweh God when the nay-sayers had "grasshopper vision" (Numbers 13.33). Never wavering in faith, he "followed the LORD God of Israel fully," and received an inheritance.

Through faith and obedience, we too will receive a land inheritance; the kingdom of God on earth. The worth-all-ness of this great promise drives faith and obedience in our lives today. Not that it's always easy because, "through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God." (Acts 14.22) Regardless, we persevere, encouraged by the great example of people such as Caleb. "Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary." (Galatians 6.9)


Steve Taylor, 2018

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