“From Him and to Him and through Him are all things” (Romans 11:36). To take this verse to heart is to embrace a “kingdom perspective” — a way of viewing the world that sees everything as sourced in God and ending in God. Everything that is good comes from your Heavenly Father. When you read a book, see a movie, listen to a song, learn a new concept, experience a new culture, and go about your day-to-day business, I beg you to see God in every bit of it. Always be attentive to what God may be saying or doing in your midst, for the great “midst” of our lives is where He manifests His kingdom. Ask your Heavenly Father, “Lord, what are you teaching me in this?” Ask Him to reveal Himself to you in all parts of the day. Be in constant communion and communication with your Heavenly Father. When you do this, your mind is naturally set in the supernatural realm of the heavens.
Jesus is clear, “Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well” (Matthew 6:33). The Apostle Paul is also clear, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of the mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect” (Romans 1:2). He also exhorts, “Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on the earth” (Colossians 3:2).
Seek, be transformed, and set your mind on the kingdom of heaven. This is your choice, my beloved son. These are actions you can choose to do.
From the mind flows the will and from the will flows your behavior. To “set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace” (Romans 8:6). Everyone is after the same thing in life: life to the full, which we recognize as eternal life. Setting your mind on God is crucial to obtaining fullness in this life and the next. It is essential to experiencing a life of peace. When you get caught up in the rat race of this world, you will become stressed. You will deceive yourself into thinking that the menial tasks are the all-important “musts”, but in truth, they have the insipid nature of luring you away from the things that are actually important. It is difficult not to think about earthly things at times, so if you find yourself getting stressed, I want you to close your eyes and picture Jesus breathing His rest upon you. Take a deep breath, and let His peace wash over you. This can be an effective tool to reset your mind to then focus on Jesus and experience His most glorious peace.
Soak yourself in the Scriptures each day. Be mindful of what you put into your mind. If you listen to filth or watch filth, then you will inevitably fall into filth yourself. On the contrary, “whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things” (Philippians 4:8).
A kingdom perspective is focused on the King. So, lock your eyes on Jesus. In doing so, you are locking your whole self on the source of all purity and love. This way of thinking enriches every aspect of your life and will cause unspeakable joy to well up from within. These letters of mine express my own attempt at passing on this kingdom perspective to you.
May your every thought be to the praise of His glorious grace!