Holy Spirit, started preparing me for the year 2024, during the summer of 2023. I'm a firm believer that sometimes God will speak to us in a way that we can understand. For example, if you work with numbers like an accountant, He may speak to you through principles of financing. Or, if you're in the medical field, He may speak to you using medical terminologies. Throughout the Bible, Jesus spoke in parables, and most of His parables were related to agriculture because during that time, people were farmers, fishermen, and involved in other types of trades. He spoke in a language that they could practically understand.
God speaks to me through sports. One of my favorite athletes of all times is Kobe Bryant, a professional basketball player. He wore the number 24 with the Los Angeles Lakers. I had the opportunity to meet Kobe in 1999 during my time working at the Philadelphia Airport. I had the opportunity to have a conversation while walking with him from Terminal B to Terminal D on his way back to Los Angeles after the hiring of Phil Jackson as the new Lakers coach. Kobe was so excited about the opportunity of possibly winning an NBA championship. One of the things that intrigued me the most about Kobe Bryant was that he embraced the mantra of "Mamba Mentality" as his guiding principle. This powerful mantra encapsulates a mindset of relentless determination, unwavering focus, and a never-ending pursuit of excellence. In the case of "Mamba Mentality," it serves as a reminder to approach every day with the same intensity and dedication that Kobe displayed on and off the basketball court. The same can be said for the "Kingdom of God!" Just as a mantra serves as a source of inspiration and motivation, let "Kingdom Mentality" fuel the fire within (Matthew 3:11 and Luke 3:16), urging us to push past our comfort zones and reach new heights of faith (Romans 1:17). "Kingdom Mentality" embodies our relentless pursuit of greatness and serving others (Matthew 18) – never settling for mediocrity. Kobe said, "Mamba Mentality." It's a constant quest to try to be better today than you were yesterday."
As I continued my study on the concept of The Kingdom of God, I realized that the foundation of understanding lies in the transformation of my mentality or mindset. It became clear to me that to fully grasp the power and significance of "The Kingdom of God," we must first address the way we think and our perception. The Holy Spirit began revealing to me that "The Kingdom Mentality" goes beyond mere knowledge or intellectual understanding. It requires a complete shift in our thought patterns, beliefs, and perspectives.
When Jesus began His public ministry, His first words were, as recorded in (Matthew 4:17), "Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near." This was a prophetic statement of a new way of thinking and living. This statement is about aligning our minds with the truth and principles of God's Kingdom. Throughout the gospels, Jesus constantly emphasized the importance of having a Kingdom Mindset. He taught parables and shared profound truths that challenged the conventional wisdom of the time. He wanted His disciples and all who followed Him to break free from the limited thinking of the world and embrace the limitless possibilities of the Kingdom.
Jesus spoke about the Kingdom being within us (Luke 17:21) and how it should impact every aspect of our lives. Jesus encouraged us to seek first the Kingdom (Matthew 6:33). It's not just about attending church services or engaging in religious activities, but about living with a Kingdom Mentality in every moment of our lives. The Holy Spirit reminded me that "Kingdom Mentality" is about surrendering our agendas and allowing God's will (Matthew 6:10) to manifest in and through us. It's about recognizing that we are citizens of a Heavenly Kingdom (Ephesians 2:12) and embracing our identity as sons and daughters of the King.
As we embark on this journey together at Movement Church, we invite you to join us in person for gatherings every 2nd and 4th Sunday, tune in to our Midweek Infusion on Facebook Live, and visit our blog called Reveal (link below).
Through these platforms, we will share a fresh revelation from the Holy Spirit on the Kingdom of God. Let's open our hearts and minds to the transformative power of the Holy Spirit as we seek to develop a Kingdom Mentality. Together, let's dismantle the strongholds of limited thinking and embrace the abundant life that Jesus promised through His Kingdom. May our lives reflect the truth and power of the Kingdom, impacting the world around us for the glory of God.
Senior Leader, Movement Church Philly