Yesterday, we had a powerful time of fellowship discussing kingdom economics.  While studying the true purpose of our work here on this earth, we took some time to examine the story of the rich man and Lazarus in Luke 16.  The rich man had it all, and lived lavishly on this earth all his days, seeing Lazarus as nothing more than a poor, unfortunate soul; perhaps nothing more than a meager servant.  In the story, both Lazarus and the rich man die; but Lazarus is received into Abraham’s bosom, while the rich man is buried in the ground.  It was in the next part of the story that a powerful revelation was made:
Luke 16:24 So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.’
Notice, the rich man doesn’t ask Abraham to dip his finger in water to cool the rich man’s tongue, he asks Abraham to send Lazarus, as if Lazarus is nothing more than a meager servant.  In other words, the rich man’s perception of Lazarus did not change!  It was here that a powerful truth was revealed – whatever mindset you have in this life, is the mindset you will have in the life to come.  If you don’t serve Jesus as Lord in this life, you won’t serve Jesus as Lord in the life to come.  If you can’t see the kingdom of God in this life, you won’t see it in the life to come.  This is why the Lord Jesus told us that being born again in this life is a requirement to even seeing the kingdom of God.  This is also why Paul instructed us to be transformed by the renewing of our minds while we exist in this life.  It is that renewed mind that will facilitate our admission into God’s eternal kingdom.
What is your mindset today?  Is it one of obedience, mercy and compassion, or is it merely seeking to satisfy yourself?  The royal law is to love our neighbors as ourselves.  The instruction is to treat others the way we want to be treated; we are to put others ahead of ourselves.  This is how the world will know the kingdom of God exists, and how God will be glorified in the earth.