Who are we?
Whose are we?
Jesus was not intimidated by Pilate because he knew who he was and whose he was.
It was not Pilate in control.
How does being a member of a kingdom with a goal greater than our own purposes shape us?
We have different convictions before God.
We must not confuse convictions with preferences.
What I value is unimportant. What does God value?
Not my preference, but my conviction of God's will.
Grant liberty to those whose convictions land elsewhere.
If Christ does not rule over our convictions, there is no standard and we become nothing more than a social organization.
Where are we at in the story of the Gospel?
What did God's kingdom look like in Genesis 1? God with us. Nothing else.
Rev 3:8- (letter to church in Philadelphia -- the only church fully commended)
I know you feel insignificant. But you have kept my word.
Whatever you do, work hard, as for God, not as for men.
This is a kingdom way of thinking.
1 Peter 1:3-4
Are we motivated by an imperishable, undefiled, unfading inheritance?
Investing in Google, or Walmart at the right time, you could have gotten maybe 10-12X return.
God's generosity is described as 30, 60, 100-fold. And it is a sure thing. How do I get the 100?
The Bible speaks of both loss and blessing. There is no motivation if the outcome isn't influenced by our actions.