Matthew 21.43 observes, This is the way it is with you. God’s kingdom will be taken back from you and handed over to a people who will live out a kingdom life.
The kingdom life is given to kingdom livers. We do not possess what we do not possess. We do not keep by promise what we do not live by faith. The Father expects His children to live as sons and daughters of God. So what does it mean to live a kingdom life?
Certainly it means to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. This means we are drawn like a moth to a flame toward our God in worship, adoration, praise and fellowship. It is not a hard thing to read the Bible regularly, to gather for worship and study of God’s Word with others, and to pray daily to God for those who love God first and most. Meeting with God and the people of God is the chief desire of those who live in the kingdom of God.
Second, kingdom living reflects kingdom values. Loving people is the objective because the Father commands His children to love one another as He loves His children. Kingdom people are forgiving, serving, hospitable and charitable. This is not the home of God’s children therefore the children of God reflect a different culture, behavior, even language that identifies them with God.
This leads to the third hallmark of kingdom people, they work to expand God’s kingdom upon the earth as it is in heaven. The true King, Lord and God of the universe is working through His people to reestablish His rule and reign over this rebellious planet. It is the people of God who make known the love of God by their testimony of God’s character and work for humanity; suffering and serving in this endeavor even unto death.
It is the will of God for all people to become children of God. People in the kingdom of God make their occupation drawing others into the family of God. Kingdom living is living out the first and second commandments in the context of obeying the Great Commission.