The Bible says, “The government (of the kingdom) shall be upon His shoulders” (Isaiah 9:6). That means, when Jesus came, He wasn’t bringing a new philosophy or set of ideals. He came to establish an everlasting kingdom with a far superior set of governing principles that bring life and liberty into our spirits. If we are going to be successful and effective, we need to understand and operate in those principles.
Think about this: if you were an ambassador to a foreign land, you would carry with you the laws and principles of your home country. If, instead, you decided to live like those in the foreign land, you would cease to be an effective ambassador. An ambassador is charged with representing the country and the ruler from which he came. The same is true for us; we are ambassadors of Christ. Therefore, we have to learn, and live, in our kingdom’s principles.
We also need to remember that when we are living in our kingdom’s principles, we are no longer attached to the economy of this world – we’re attached to the economy of our kingdom. The things that befall the natural economy of the country where we live need not have any bearing on us. After all, heaven doesn’t have any recessions or depressions – God is doing fine in heaven.
You might be saying, “That’s nice for God, but I’m not doing fine down here.” Well, whose kingdom are you living in? If we are living in God’s kingdom, we can enjoy our kingdom’s benefits. You might be thinking, “How does the economy of our kingdom work?”
Jesus answered that when He said, “Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you”. (Luke 6:38)
That means our kingdom’s economy operates on entirely different principles – it operates on our giving! Jesus also said in Matthew 6:33, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”
We can reap the benefits of our kingdom when we put His kingdom first and let Him direct our giving. I challenge you to try it. Malachi 3:10 says, “‘Bring all the tithes (and offerings) into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and try Me now in this,’ says the Lord of hosts, ‘If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.’”
When you give, do so in the measure you want God to bless you. Then release your faith by thanking God for your harvest, and finally, enter His rest. If you do this, you will be operating in a kingdom principle, and you will see His benefits come to you as a multiplied harvest!
For further study: Malachi 3:8-12, Proverbs 3:9-10, Philippians 4:10-20. From Dr. Siddiki’s teaching series Kingdom Culture.