Kingdom Values

The Gospel of Jesus was never intended to be something that only affected life after death.
His message of good news is for the life in this world and the life in the eternity.
The Gospel is about the eternal relationship of human with God that begins right now in this world itself.
Relationship with God

Relationships are based on what you have in common with another person.
To find out what we have common with another, we must understand what the other person values in his life.
A person is the sum total of the values he keeps in his life.
Depending on an agreement and unity with the other, the relationship deepens.
That means, a deeper and meaningful relationship between two persons depends on what they hold in common as important and valuable.

This principle of relationship is true about our relationship with God.
Relationship with God is based on our adopting His values and removing from our lives those values that is not important or contrary to God.
The only measure of Christian growth is Christ-likeness in our life; how much we have become like Jesus in terms of His of value system.
Therefore, we must be sure we truly understand what God values.
If we misunderstand God's value system, then we misunderstand who He is.
If we do not know what God values, then we cannot be sure that we are even becoming like him.

We fail to practice the Kingdom values in our life because of an inadequate understanding of them.
However, a true understanding of Kingdom values can transform our relationship with God.

All laws in a Kingdom are formulated by the king.
Kingdom values are the King’s laws or King’s Laws are his values.
Values and laws are one and the same thing in a kingdom.
King’s values give us a clear understanding of the King Himself, because values are His nature.
Thus all laws of a king is a revelation of his true nature.

In the Old Testament, laws seemed to life less and hard edicts of a King.
Jesus always tried to shift the emphasis from God’s edicts to His character.
For a child all directions from his parents for a gracious demeanor are hard laws.
But as he grows up he understands that his parents were trying to train him to live according to their values of life.
So laws always precede character development.

The Old Testament Laws brought man to a point of impossibility.
But Jesus introduced God’s nature; the values of God to help us to live naturally according to his laws.
When we become like Christ, the rules will no longer be necessary.
All rules become values.

The purpose of the Sermon on the Mount is to shift the emphasis from obedience to character, from a list of rules to attitudes.
Jesus knew that attitudes determine actions.
Changes in behavior without changing the attitude is temporary and frustrating.
Correct attitude immediately brings correct behavior.
That is why Jesus emphasized on the right attitude, more than works.

Why a different value system?

All born again Christians are born into the Kingdom of God and hence do not belong to the kingdom of satan, any more.
So, our values and standards must change to conform to God’s Kingdom.

After few preaching and miracles Jesus got an audience sufficient to declare the values of His Kingdom.
On the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus spoke about the value system of His Kingdom.
The Sermon began with the Beatitudes which present God’s values.

Jesus did not care how this world under satan runs; He was concerned about how the Kingdom of God runs.
Jesus teaches that, as subjects of God’s kingdom, our value system must align with God’s rather than the worlds. 
All the values presented in the Beatitudes and in the Sermon that continues demand a life centered on the Kingdom, ignoring the principles of this world.
That means, Jesus wished His people to live a spiritual life in this world rather than a worldly life.
A life focused on eat, drink and clothe is a worldly life, laying up eternal treasures is a spiritual life.

Now here comes the question, how we lay up treasure in the Kingdom of God while we live on this earth.
Kingdom of God is a spiritual Kingdom, began, sustained and eternalized by God.
The happy news is that by living according to the values of the Kingdom, we can lay up treasure in eternity.
That means, a life based on the value system of the Kingdom of God itself is an investment in the Kingdom.

Kingdom Culture

A kingdom is a fortified belief system.
The Kingdom of God has a fortified belief system.
Kingdom of God culture is a war for dominion, kingdom against kingdom, values against values, truth against lies and light against darkness.

We are in a spiritual war.
Paul said that the war not against flesh and blood but against spiritual forces of wickedness in heavenly places.
These heavenly places are the dwelling place of demonically influenced rulers reside, govern, and oversee their agendas.
They have wiles, seductions, philosophies, beliefs, values, and world views.
They pass these on to men that pass them on to others.
When men gather around these demonically inspired teachings, they develop a kingdom.

The spiritual warfare against the Kingdom of God can be seen in the warfare against Christian values.
We are not just waging war against some unseen spirit but “the teachings of these spirits” that are promoted by people.
In other words, spirits use people to advance their culture, principles, worldviews, and values.
These are the strongholds we are waging warfare against.

Kingdoms are recognized by culture.
Cultures can conflict.
The kingdom of darkness, for example, will conflict with the Kingdom of light.
The Kingdom of God conflicts with other kingdom for dominion.

The war against Biblical values is a continuous story.
The world and the worldly wise people constantly attack Christian values.
When someone attacks us as a Christian, they are, in fact, attacking our values.

If someone attacks us on skin color, gender, financial position, family name, job, education or even religion, the world would rise up against it shouting ‘injustice’.
But when we are attacked because of our Christian values, the world will appreciate the intolerance calling it, modern civilization, modern culture, refinement etc.

When we are attacked for the Biblical values we upheld, modern Christian preachers will justify the intolerance calling it ‘New Testament Teaching’, ‘grace’ etc.
A repeated question heard against the Christian values we uphold, from the modern Christian preachers is this: ‘Is it written clearly in the New Testament?’
Our answer should be: ‘Yes, it is written clearly in the Scripture of God.”

Yes we are in conflict with the worldly kingdom of satan.
We are in conflict because the values of our Kingdom is in conflict with the values of the kingdom of darkness.


The word “preacher” in Greek is kerux. The verb to preach is kerusso.
The Greek word “kerux” is used by Apostle Paul in the following verse:

2 Timothy 1:11 to which I was appointed a preacher, an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles. (NKJV)

Historically a kerux was an official representative of a kingdom sent by a king to convey his wishes, laws, values, culture and expectations, to the people.
Without the ministry of a kingdom kerux it was impossible for people to understand how to transform their lives and society to match that of their king.
So Apostle Paul described his call as apostle and preacher (kerux), to transform the people to the values of the King.
Not only Paul, we are also commissioned by the King to teach as a kerux, the value system of the Kingdom.
Jesus ministered as a kerux of the Kingdom of God teaching us the values, culture and expectations of the Kingdom of Heaven.

Laying up eternal treasures

So, as we have been discussing, living according to the value system of the Kingdom of God is laying up treasures in the Kingdom.
Laying up treasure in this world is not commendable.
Laying up no treasure in the Kingdom of God is also not commendable.
Laying up treasure in the Kingdom of God is not merely appreciated but it is a command of our Lord.

Matthew 6:19-21
19  "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal;
20 "but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.
21 "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.  (NKJV)

At one occasion, Jesus spoke a parable to encourage us to lay treasures in the Kingdom.
This is the parable of a dishonest steward narrated in Luke 16
Jesus is saying that he is wise because he invested in the future.
The parable goes like this:
A rich man had a steward who wasted his wealth by mismanagement.
So the master called him and demanded an account of his stewardship of wealth.
So the steward knew that the master is sure to find out his mismanagement and will dismiss him from the job.
With a bad recommendation from his master, he would not get any good job with any other master.
He could not do hard manual works and was ashamed to beg.
So he decided to act wisely to show a low figure of bad loans.
So he called the debtors and asked them to sign a new agreement showing half of the real debt to the master.
The steward was protecting his future by this act expecting that the debtors whose debt was reduced to half will receive him into their houses.
The master came to know about this wise action of the steward and the master was impressed by his wisdom.
Jesus concluded this parable by exhorting his audience to make friends by the unrighteous mammon so that “they may receive you into an everlasting home”.

Jesus is not here praising the irresponsibility or cunningness of the steward.
The point of the parable lies in the concluding phrase, “they may receive you into an everlasting home”.
The parable is about investing in eternity with earthly wealth.

The Value System of God’s Kingdom

Before we proceed to learn how we can lay up treasures in the Kingdom, let us look at a list of values Jesus taught us.

The values of God’s kingdom are so different than ours, often they are totally opposite. 
That is why the Kingdom of God is called an “inverted Kingdom”.
Here are a number of statements gathered from the stories Jesus tells as recorded by Luke in chapters 14, 15 and 16.
These indicate the difference in the value system of the Kingdom and the world. 
Notice how these counter what we constantly hear in the media and advertisements of our day.

·        When you are invited to a banquet go and sit in the lowest place, for “everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”(Luke 14:11) 
·        “When you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind.” You are to invite them because they cannot repay you, but “you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.” (Luke 14:14) 
·        “Any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.” (Luke 14:33) 
·        “There will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety nine righteous persons who need no repentance.” (15:7) 
·        “You cannot serve God and money.” (16:13) 
·        “What is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God.” (16:14)

Terms and conditions

For a wise decision for the best investment, we must know the terms and conditions of the Kingdom.
Hence we cannot prolong this discussion beyond a certain time, I am afraid that we cannot discuss all the terms and conditions of the investment.
Still let us try to discuss the important values of the Kingdom.

1.   Life in this world is an investment

Do not forget this law throughout this discussion; the topic of our discussion is not investment, but the value system of the Kingdom.
But it happened that the value system is the law of the Kingdom and living in this world according to the value system is an investment in the Kingdom.

In Revelation 14 we read that human’s works follow them even after their death.

Revelation 14:13 Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, "Write: 'Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.'" "Yes," says the Spirit, "that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them."  (NKJV)

And in Revelation 20: 12 and 13, we read the description of the Great White throne of judgment.
This is the final judgment of all humans.
Here we read about a judgment according to their works on the earth.
All the dead, small and great will be resurrected to stand before God; and each one will be judged according to their works.

Apostle Paul also spoke about rewards that a believer receives according to his works.

2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. (NKJV)

Matthew chapter 25 concludes Jesus’ prophetical preaching which He began in the foregoing chapter, concerning His Second Coming to reward His faithful servants and take vengeance on the faithless.
The parable of the ‘Ten Virgins’ is said from vs. 1 to 13.
The parable of five talents is described in vs. 14 to 30.
From vs. 31 to 46, Jesus goes on to speak about the rewards to the righteous and vengeance to the faithless.

There will come a day when the Son of Man sit on the throne of His glory.
People from all nations will be gathered before Him and He will separate them one from another as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats.
And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left.
Then the King will reward those on His right hand with an inheritance to the Kingdom.
The reward is based on what they have done on earth.
The King says that he was hungry and they gave Him food; he was thirsty and they gave him drink; He was a stranger and they took Him into their house; He was naked and they clothed Him; He was sick and they visited Him; He was in prison and they came to Him.'
But the righteous remembers no occasion when they saw the King hungry, thirsty, stranger, naked and they never saw Him sick, or in prison.
And they have never served Him in anyway.

Here comes the twist in the parable:

Matthew 25: 40 "And the King will answer and say to them, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.'

The faithless are accused and punished for not serving Him by serving the needy around them.
They are punished for what they have not done, not for the sins they have done.
They failed to live according to the Kingdom values and that was considered a sin.

So one value in the Kingdom of God is:
“Life according to the value system of the King is rewarded and the other will be punished.”

The message is clear.
A life according to the values of the Kingdom of God is a service to the Kingdom.
It is a natural way of investment in the Kingdom of God.
A life according to the values of the Kingdom is rewarded in the Kingdom.

Our life is an opportunity to invest in the Kingdom of God.
Be wise to use every opportunity for a good investment.

2.   Giving is blessing

The second value of the Kingdom is related to the first one.
We have learnt that life in this world is an investment in the Kingdom.
Every work follows us into eternity and will be rewarded or punished.

The meaning of the following verse is better understood in this context:

Acts 20:35 "I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'"  (NKJV)

These words of Jesus are nowhere recorded by the gospel writers.
But all the words and actions of Christ are not recorded in the gospels. (John 21:25)
So many precious words of Jesus were memorized by people and orally transmitted among the believers.
From the great mass of unrecorded words of Jesus, the Holy Spirit choose the above verse to be recorded in the Bible.
The words express a value system of the great King and hence it is so precious that His people should not miss it.
So this is an important value in the Kingdom of God.

The value system of this world is receive and hoard up to create wealth.
The value system of the Kingdom is to give in order to create investment.

Giving is not losing, but gaining; giving is not throwing away, it is investing.
Giving in this world is receiving in the Kingdom.
And so every giving is rewarded in the Kingdom.

3.   Reward is a chain system

The rewards and blessings in heaven passes down from person to person in a chain system.
This is a marvelous truth that we must rejoice.

Matthew 10:41 "He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward. And he who receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man's reward.  (NKJV)

A prophet is God’s special appointee; he bears a special anointing as a prophet.
Think about Elijah and Elisha.
They travelled from place to place and accepted the hospitality of people.
People used to accommodate them in their houses because they were prophets or teachers of God.
For this kind act of the people, surely there would be a reward in the heavenly Kingdom.

Receiving a prophet as a prophet is receiving him in the name of a prophet, under the sacred character of a prophet and teacher.
It is receiving the prophet for the sake of Christ, and through the love for his Church.
It is considered as receiving Jesus Himself.
Jesus assures that the reward for functioning as a prophet of God will be extended to the person who receive a prophet.
The same reward of the prophet will be passed on to the receiver.

Jesus at another occasion assured us that all our works in this world may be rewarded partially here in this world and also later in the eternity, subjected to the will and pleasure of God.

Mark 10:29, 30
29   So Jesus answered and said, "Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My sake and the gospel's,
 30 "who shall not receive a hundredfold now in this time - houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions - and in the age to come, eternal life.  (NKJV)

In the eternity, each and every one is rewarded according to his own works in this world.
No deeds of his ancestors and his descendants are considered.
But for a reward in this world, the value system of the Bible assures us that the physical blessings will go down to generations in a chain system.

Deuteronomy 7:9 "Therefore know that the LORD your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments;  (NKJV)

4.   Percentage Calculation

All investments we make by living a Kingdom life in this world is accounted in the heavenly Kingdom on the basis of a percentage calculation.

One day Jesus was sitting in the Temple confronting Sadducees and Pharisees.
He has cleaned the Temple from all kind of business and trade.
It had definitely affected the income of the Temple.
Then Jesus looked at people putting money into the Temple treasury or offering box.
A poor widow came and threw in two mites; a small amount. (Mark 12:41-44)
But it was all that she had; that means she put 100% of her wealth.
Jesus used this incident to teach us an important lesson about the value system of the Kingdom of God.

Jesus called his disciples and said how the offering of the widow will be accounted in the heavenly Kingdom.
She has put all she had into the treasury; that means she has put 100% of her wealth.
Others might have given bigger amount to the treasury, but that was out of their abundance and never comes to 100% of their wealth.

So the account system in the heavenly Kingdom is related to our whole wealth.
Remember, wealth is whatever God has given us to live a comfortable life in this world and to support His Kingdom in this world.
It includes our heath, money and time.

When we give to the cause of the Kingdom, we are not giving anything from our own.

When God gave rest to David from all his enemies all around, he wished to build the Temple of God.
But God forbade him from building the Temple because David had been a man of war and had shed blood.
And God commanded that David’s son and the next king to Israel, Solomon would build the Temple.
Still David decided to give gold, silver, brass, iron precious stones etc. for the construction of the Temple.
Not only that, David gave the people an opportunity to offer willingly for the cause of the construction.
And the people also offered gold, silver, precious stones etc.
David and the people rejoiced for that they offered willingly and with a perfect heart.
And David acknowledged that both riches and honour came from God.
David stated this mystery behind all our wealth.

1 Chronicles 29:14 But who am I, and who are my people, That we should be able to offer so willingly as this? For all things come from You, And of Your own we have given You.  (NKJV)

Because all wealth that we possess belong to and come from God, God accounts what we give back in terms of percentage of the whole wealth.
It is natural and justified.
So it is not the amount of wealth that gives back to God that counts in the Kingdom, it is the percentage of the whole wealth.
Heaven follows a percentage calculation.

5.   Hidden spirituality is rewarded

Our hidden spirituality is rewarded in the Kingdom.
There is no multiple reward system in the heavenly Kingdom.
A hidden spirituality is not awarded in this world.
Anything that is done with an intention of a reward or recognition of this world is not eligible for a reward in the Kingdom, because it is already rewarded by men.

A good example for hidden spirituality is prayer.
Prayer is the most personal expression of spirituality.
The purpose of prayer is not to gain the praise of men, or to gain a reputation of being ‘spiritual’ or ‘pious’. 
Rather, the purpose of prayer is communion with our heavenly Father.

Jesus emphasized the superior value of unseen prayer that nobody even knows is occurring.
He also emphasized the value of quiet, confident prayer that trusts him as a heavenly Father.

Matthew 6:5-7
5    "And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.
 6   "But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.
 7   "And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.   (NKJV)

Jesus here points to the motivation of prayer and the manner of prayer.
We should not pray to be “seen by men.”
Prayer is a personal communication with our “Father who sees in secret” and “reward you openly”.
We should “not use vain repetitions as the heathen do”.

Jesus speaks of charitable deeds in Matthew 6:1-4.
Charitable deeds should not be done “to be seen by” men; otherwise we will have no reward in the Kingdom.
When we do a charitable deed, do it secretly, so that “your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.”

Jesus is speaking about a value system in the Kingdom that reckon our attitude when we do a charitable deed.
Remember attitude is important; not the place or manner.
Jesus in His Sermon on the Mount is emphasizing on the right attitude of our mind.
That is, you may be praying secretly or open; you may be doing a charitable deed in secret or open.
Or you may be even repeating the same words in a prayer or same scripture in a prayer.
If your attitude in doing so is to please God, you will be rewarded openly in this world as well as in the Kingdom of God.
This is not a multiple reward; it is the same reward given by God according to His Word.

If our attitude is to please men, the place and manner would not matter, we will receive reward and recognition from men and we will not receive any reward in the Kingdom.


The values in the Kingdom of God is not according to this world; but according to the heavenly King.
They are for us to obey and practice in our life.
They are not impossibilities; they are possibilities.
A life according to the Kingdom values is an investment in the Kingdom; every good work of man is rewarded in the Kingdom.

So live according to the Kingdom values; live a Kingdom life.

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