In the Body of Christ today, there is an emphasis on doing things for God. Apart from Him, though we can do nothing. The life that we live, we live by the faith of the Son of God living in us (Galatians 2: 20-21) His grace moves us to produce fruit of obedience (1 Corinthians 15: 10), which God has already laid in place for us -- we just have to walk in them (Ephesians 2: 10)
The kingdom of heaven is within every believer (Luke 17: 21) though the Holy Spirit:
"For the kingdom of
God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy
"For he that in these
things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men.
us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith
one may edify another." (Romans 14: 17-19)
God has given us His Spirit (1 John 4: 13), a gift accorded to us because of His Son's death and resurrection at the Cross (Acts 2: 33).
Through the Holy Spiriit, we receive the same righteousness as Jesus as a gift (Romans 5: 17). In fact, we are made the righteousness of God in Christ! (2 Corinthians 5: 21)
We therefore serve by living, abiding in His kingdom:
"Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it
abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
"I am the vine, ye
are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth
forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing." (John 15: 4-5)
We dwell in Him, and He dwells in us, and through our unity in Christ, He quickens us into obedience:
"Be ye therefore
followers of God, as dear children;
"And walk in love, as
Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a
sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour." (Ephesians 5: 1-2)
Paul outlines that the Holy Spirit living in us leads us:
"This I say
then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
"For the flesh
lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are
contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
"But if ye be led
of the Spirit, ye are not under the law." (Galatians 5: 16-18)
We do not follow after peace, for Christ is our peace (Ephesians 2: 14), and the fruit of the Spirit indwelling in us includes peace (Galatians 5: 22)
Instead, we are called to let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts (Colossians 3: 15), and so those things which do not inhibit God's peace in our lives are the very things which He is working in us both to will and to do (Philippians 2: 12-13).
If we want to serve the King, let us learn to abide in His Kingdom!