When He taught, Jesus used the paradigm of the kingdom of God because the people who were gathered around Him understood monarchies. We have to try a little harder to form a kingdom mentality, but we can do it because it’s in our past and it’s in our movies. We can learn to trust that the King has made us His sons and daughters. We are princes and princesses of the realm.
We can learn to trust that when we represent Him in the world and need help, we can send word. He will help.
Still, it seems like it can be difficult to trust the King. Trust is hard. We have a lot of trust issues with our own government. Our representatives are making deals without regard to morality. They’ll actually sacrifice their own morals to make sure their agenda gets done. That’s what we have in government.
No wonder we don’t understand what it means to trust! Imagine living in the 11th century and the King says to you, “Come and be my son.” What do you think someone back then would have said? “I’m in!”
Now we hesitate. Now we say, “I don’t know, I kind of like living out here, outside the gates of the kingdom.” Why would we do that? It’s almost confusing to think that anyone would be wary of being adopted as God’s own child.
We are wary, though, and it’s because when we see government, we don’t see trust and we don’t get trust. So we don’t understand what it’s like to trust God the King.
We’ve lost so much trust that we love Jesus and thank Him for saving us but we still struggle to trust God. We don’t trust that He accepts us as His sons and daughters. We go out into the world but we don’t really believe that we’ll be allowed back into the Kingdom.
We think God will shut the gate behind us. We forget that we can trust the King!
We deal with this by getting into a works mentality. We get worried that we won’t be good enough for God or live up to His expectations. Using a works mentality, we start doing things so that He’ll smile on us.
The problem is that we’re not perfect. We sin. Sunk in a works mentality, we feel like we have to make up for the sin. “I judged somebody, so I have to read five psalms today.” Or, “I had a lustful thought, so I have to put in two extra hours at the food pantry.” Or, “I thought I was a better Christian than my neighbor, so I have to go to Nicaragua and help build a new school.”
When you start doing stuff to make yourself feel better because you sinned, then you have a works mentality. This is legalism. Now fulfilling the royal law becomes work. It shouldn’t be! The royal law is a natural outpouring of God’s love and grace!
If you do something in order to show people what you’ve done, you’ll be dissatisfied. You won’t feel very good when you’re done.
But if you do something to help a struggling neighbor simply because you love your neighbor, you’ll feel so good and fulfilled. Your heart will be right where it needs to be.
So trust the King! And when you struggle, send word to Him. Tell Him, “I need some help here.” Trust Him. Help will come.