8.8.21 | Kingdom Flips Greatness | Ray Willis
In ushering in the Kingdom of God, Jesus introduced a way of being and acting that was undeniably countercultural. By countercultural, I don’t mean to say that the Kingdom of God is simply a different lifestyle like being vegan, or being a Democrat, or being a Republican, or being an Independent. Rather, the Kingdom of God ushers in a way of being and acting that completely and unapologetically turns commonly held values and norms upside down.
So, the values and norms such as seeking status and self-importance are flipped in God’s Kingdom to reveal that serving and seeking the well-being of others are preferred values. As well, humility is preferred over pride. Meekness is preferred to power and strength, and generosity is preferred to scarcity. In the end, being invited into God’s Kingdom is an invitation to deny self, take up our crosses, and follow after Jesus rather than following after culture . . . where being translates into doing.