In that critical time of forty days, after His resurrection and prior to His ascension, Jesus
“presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs…speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God” (Acts 1:3).
Jesus had, and has, preferences. He preferred to be among His disciples and He preferred to speak of kingdom things. Needless to say, His preferences ought to be the preferences of His people. And we will find within the framework of the new man that it is this way. The experience of “Christ in you” (Col 1:27) brings with it desires for kingdom conversation and people. Believers are constrained by the “spirit of faith” (2 Cor 4:13) and therefore speak of the things of God. Likewise, they are taught by God Himself to love the brethren as an extension of their love for God. These things are not grievous to the people of God- they are actually in accord with their fellowship with God. Our preference for kingdom things is evidential of our kingdom citizenry.