Sunday, December 31, 2017


Submitted by Stephen Trainer

UPSIDE DOWN: An upside-down life is empowered by God to live like Jesus lived, to live every moment with God’s kingdom in mind.

At my church in Brooklyn, New York City, we talk a lot about things being upside down. When we look at the life and example of Jesus, we see that the life He calls us to live seems upside down compared to what our natural inclinations guide us to and what the world tells us success looks like.

Actually, upside down is really right side up. It’s the way God always intended it to be. We have been living in a broken, self-centered world for so long now that we don’t even recognize that it’s been turned over. So, in order to get back to right side up, we need to turn our lives upside down.

Jesus lived an upside down life. He lived every moment with God’s kingdom in mind. He taught us to do the same.

If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.    Matthew 16:25

Jesus taught that life in God’s kingdom looks upside down from the world we know. I do “me first” really well. The only way our thinking can be changed is by placing our faith in Jesus.

Lord, help me to see this world as You see it. Keep me from living for myself and my own kingdom and help me to live for your Kingdom.

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