Rags to Riches: Kingdom Perspective
With exams looming and work overloading, it is so important to be reminded of Heaven, and the joy of living for more than revision, work, grades, the summer, or the weekend. Katie encourages us that living with a Kingdom perspective helps us in our daily lives. Take a look at this short video as well! N x
Are you living for the little red bit, or the rest of the rope?
For me this is a no brainer, if life on Earth is only a tiny fraction of eternity, then I want to care more about what happens to me in eternity than in my life on Earth. Therefore my decisions here on Earth are very important and determine the rest of my existence.
Have I turned to Jesus and put my trust in Him? Because if so, we can have “an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you”. (1 Peter 1:4)
This is our rest of the rope, this is our eternity. However if we don't trust Jesus and have him at the centre of our lives then this won't be the rest of our rope, our eternity, instead it will be without God.
However I am forever slipping into the habit of living for the red bit; living for life now rather than living for eternity. I put other things first before God, I care more about what other people think of me than what God does, and quite often the way I spend my time shows this: I’d rather spend my time scrolling through Instagram than reading my Bible, or thinking about that dress from Urban Outfitters than praying.
I’m not for one second saying that Instagram and shops are bad because they are great things we just have to remember that they are worldly things. They are things that won't come with us when we die but will fade away.
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasure in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:19-21)
Where is your treasure, is it in worldly things or with God?
Our treasure should be in Jesus because He is always there, He will never fade, He is the perfect treasure.
It's so easy to get wrapped up in worldly ways and putting these before God, but we really need to try and put God before anything else. Because we are sinful then this will be hard, we will struggle and won't manage it all the time but through prayer and listening to God’s word we can get better at it! Therefore it will then help us live for the rest of the rope than the little red bit.
We as Christian girls, living in a society that is opposed to Jesus, will sometimes struggle to live for Him. It might be hard to remember that having our treasure stored up in heaven is so much better than stored up here on earth. It is difficult to imagine eternity, as all we’ve ever known is life today. But the Bible tells us just how worth it it's going to be.
Living for Christ today won't be easy, people may laugh at us, or think we are weird and at times may not even want to be our friends. But that's okay because we have Jesus on our side, who will always be with us. He knows what we are going through.
And if we remember that life on Earth today is only a tiny fraction of our existence, then it surely is worth all the hardship we may face today. So trust in Jesus, read your Bible, pray, and meet up with other Christians who will encourage!
Store up your treasures in Heaven rather than here on Earth, so you can live for eternity and Jesus.
Katie is in her first year at college and lives in a town called Leyland in the north west of England. She loves baking, spending time with friends and most importantly Jesus!