Upside Down Kingdom?

I’ve been thinking
that God’s kingdom is rather upside down and backwards. For one thing, up is
down in His kingdom. The rich are poor and the poor are rich. The foolish
confound the wise. And the one who wants to be great must be servant of all. We
are advised to love our enemies and rejoice when they persecute, revile and
slander us. We are to work to accumulate rewards in heaven and are not to worry
about food or clothing…getting ahead. Now how does that fit with the social
norm of being upwardly mobile?

Maybe it is we who
are upside down? And maybe backwards?

Ya, the bit about
backwards! There was a time when I was asking God why I seemed completely
unmotivated—to do anything! I had no energy, and energy I learned comes from
joy. I was unable to feel enough joy to motivate myself to do what I needed and
wanted to do.
How can I
be a believer, have Jesus resident in my life, He who is the origin of joy, and
not be able to experience enough of it to be able to function, at least to a
minimal level? This is serious in light of Nehemiah 8:10, which says that the
joy of the Lord is my strength. Not much strength…and the dip stick on my joy
tank was reading mighty low! His response to my question was quick. I had no
sooner asked than the following verse came to mind.

“But he said to me, “My
grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that
Christ’s power may rest on me
(2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV).

Well, if that Scripture is true,
I am in some way not accessing or availing myself of resources that I already
have. His grace is sufficient, yet I certainly seem unable to boast about or
glory in my infirmity! How can I be grateful to God for my
infirmities? What needs to be different?

             The focus.” What? Say again, God!

God speaks without words and
explains: “Your equation is backwards! My equation reads: Weakness
+ abiding in My joy = strength. Your equation reads: Strength + abiding in My
power = joy.

“You think I should flood your
body with strength first, then your life would demonstrate the power of
God and you could go about serving others, and that would produce joy. However,
that would actually enable your flawed humanity!”

“The belief that you must earn
love and belonging is not the truth, but that is your foundation! If I gave you
strength and power first, you would have the energy to continue to perform and
do good works. You would think and feel that you were demonstrating the power
of God, but you would do so from a foundational belief that love and belonging
must be earned. Yes, good would happen, but you would also reproduce that
foundation in others and perpetuate the erroneous belief that love and
belonging go to those who serve Me.” Pause for a “Selah” moment.

“I want to give you a new
foundation, one built on truth. You were first conceived in My mind—I loved you
then and you belonged to me then—only later were you conceived in your mother’s
womb! I have given you love and belonging from the moment I conceived you in my
mind! Nothing you can do will ever make Me love you more—or less!”

This whole business of thinking
God thoughts and living God values can turn your life upside down and really
mess with your mind! It feels to me like God could make some big changes real fast.
He has pulled up all the tent pegs, thrown all the feathers and fur out of the
nest and sticks are poking me. I’ve read that eagles make the nest
uncomfortable like that just before they make the young fly on their own. Change is in the wind. I have
a suspicion some flying lessons are about to be scheduled; it’s a little unsettling!
Exciting, but unsettling nonetheless.

How has God messed you up lately?
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Blessings, Carol
Author of The Mystery of Spiritual Sensitivity, Highly Sensitive
and The Sassy Pants Series

2 Responses to Upside Down Kingdom?

  1. not sure if this is God messing me up…but we teach our children to be independent, God says we MUST be dependent on Him…

  2. It is interesting how that works. God wants us to function fully independantly and yet be fully dependant upon Him–to make godly decisions and use the resources He gives us to function responsibly as His children, as ones who will inherit. Then we go the next step and imitate our Father and do the same for our children! Kind of makes your head swim. How can we be both at the same time!