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Chapter 1: Why is it important to understand the kingdom of heaven?

In India, the place where I was born, cars drive on the left hand side of the road. In the USA, where I am now, cars drive on the right hand side of the road. Imagine what would happen if I operated in the USA using the laws that are acceptable in India.

If you become a new citizen of a country you need to understand the laws that govern that country. Only then will you be able to operate effectively in that country. It would be a great mistake to assume that the laws of the old country apply to the new country.

The same thing applies to the kingdom of heaven. When we become a part of the kingdom of heaven we need to spend time understanding how it works so that we can operate effectively in it. We cannot assume that operating according to the laws of the kingdoms of the earth will get you anywhere in the kingdom of heaven!

It is really important to understand this truth. This is because, if you don’t, you may find that a lot of what you do in and for the kingdom of heaven, in the end, turns out to be useless. As Paul warned in 1 Cor 3:9-14, we must be careful to ensure that our works are not burned.

1 Cor 3:9-14 9 For we are God's fellow workers; you are God's field, God's building. 10 According to the grace of God which was given to me, like a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building on it. But each man must be careful how he builds on it. 11 For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if any man builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13 each man's work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man's work. 14 If any man's work which he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward. 15 If any man's work is burned up, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.

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