God’s kingdom is different than anything else. He is a benevolent ruler that is devoted to His people. Here is the passage we read where Jesus describes how we can be part of it:
1 One day as he saw the crowds gathering, Jesus went up on the mountainside and sat down. His disciples gathered around him, 2 and he began to teach them. 3 “God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs. 4 God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted. 5 God blesses those who are humble, for they will inherit the whole earth. 6 God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they will be satisfied. 7 God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy. 8 God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God. 9 God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God. 10 God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs. 11 God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers. 12 Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way.
Matthew 5:1-12 (NLT)
It begins with you and me recognizing our spiritual “poverty” and coming to God for help. This humility is the first step. The important question is, “Am I choosing to be humble before Him?”
Pride leads to disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.
Proverbs 11:2 (NLT)
Fear of the LORD teaches wisdom; humility precedes honor.
Proverbs 15:33 (NLT)
True humility and fear of the LORD lead to riches, honor, and long life.
Proverbs 22:4 (NLT)
Pride ends in humiliation, while humility brings honor.
Proverbs 29:23 (NLT)
3 Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. 4 Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.
5 You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. 6 Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. 7 Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being.
Philippians 2:3-7 (NLT)
12 Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. 13 Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.
Colossians 3:12-13 (NLT)