I Love Thy Kingdom Lord

by KeithK on October 30, 2009

(This article was written by Keith Kasarjian, formerly the minister here at the Eastern Shore church of Christ. We appreciate his willingness to prepare these thoughts for us. He maintains two blogs, one the Kentucky Kasarjians and the other A Running Commentary. Please visit them.)

I could not agree more with these words, written long ago by Timothy Dwight. In the ecumenical times in which we live, those of us who do love the church of our Lord need to stand up and be counted. There are those who seek to minimize the church by saying, “I can go to Heaven without being a member.” There are those who seek to blur the distinctive nature of the kingdom by proposing, “One is as good as another.” And still there are those whose absence of love for the kingdom is painfully obvious by their lack of activity in and support of the church of our Lord.

If do we do, in fact, love the kingdom of God, let us not become timid or intimidated by the aforementioned. Instead, let us rise up as the children of God and publicly proclaim our love for His church.

I love thy kingdom Lord because you have allowed me to be a member of it.

I realize I have not earned the privilege nor do I deserve to be a member of the church of our Lord. I know it is only through the grace of Almighty that my sins can be forgiven. I am fully aware that without the blood of Jesus I am still outside of Christ and most miserable. My realization of these things makes me love and appreciate, even more, the Lord’s church.
1 John 3:1 says, “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God…” How can anyone feel anything but gratitude for blessing of being adopted as a child of God.

I love thy kingdom Lord because it is your body.

That the church is the body of Christ is one of the most plainly taught doctrines in all of scripture.[Col.1:24, Eph.1:22,23, 1 Cor.12:27]  This fact has at least two major implications for the Christian.  (1)  I am to be an active member of the church. 1 Cor. 12:14-27 teaches that every Christian is a member of the body of Christ, and, as such, each member must pull his load and play his part. When members are not active as they should be, the body does not function as it was intended to.  (2)  I am not to malign the church. “Church-bashing” has become popular among some brethren, but not among those who realize that the church is the body of Christ! When one sees the church as it really is, they recognize that when they malign and criticize the church they strike a blow against the body of our Savior! May no such charge ever be brought against us!

I love thy kingdom Lord because of the price you paid for it.

We usually place a value on something based on the price we pay for it. For example, if we pay $1,000 for a watch we believe it to be valuable. Are you aware of the price paid for the church?  Acts 20:28 says, “Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.” What a high price! How precious the church must be! When people come to appreciate the price paid for the church they do not minimize it or think it to be no better than a man-made institution. Instead, they love it, serve in it, and seek the best for it.
Can we honestly say, based on our attitudes and actions, that we really love the kingdom of our Lord?

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