Creating a Learning Network for Kingdom Builders!
Jesus died for our salvation. He saves us from the Kingdom of darkness and transfers us to the kingdom of light. Jesus is the King. His domain that he transfers us into is the Kingdom. We carry the Kingdom within us – where ever there are Christ followers, there the Kingdom is.
The characteristic of a good kingdom is this - the will if the king is carried out by the subjects of the kingdom. We can readily access how well we- collectively as servants of the King - are carrying out his will. He hasn't hidden his will. To simplify things he encapsulates our responsibilities into two greats... the Great Commandment: Love God with our heart, soul and body and love our neighbor as ourselves. And, he Great Commandment - Go make skilled, determined and faithful followers of Christ, teaching them to observe all He has commanded.
These two "Greats" encompass what we need to do as our service to the King. As we do them we reveal, declare and extend the Kingdom.
This Great Commandment and Great Commission were given a long time ago. By now we should be master builders of the Kingdom. Yet... we are not being effective.
Is this because we are disobedient children? Perhaps! Scripture says to examine ourselves and correct what needs to be corrected. Scripture says that if we judge ourselves we will not be judged.
We need to judge BOTH ourselves and our works. If we look, we will see that there are problems in our foundations.
The foundations are weak and broken down. We try to build upon a foundation with has weak and missing foundation stones. We will not see success until the foundation is set right. We have to work on the foundations.
This we are committed to do. We do not desire to see simply a new 'wind of doctrine’ blow across the land. We have seen so many teachings that come and go. Nothing is seen to change.
This is what we desire: Satisfaction is to see a standard go forward that gets deep enough to
set right misplaced and missing foundation stones. If change is too narrowly implemented, we will see a network or worse a denomination or other type of fracture in the body of Christ. This age has seen enough of 'I am of Paul', 'I am of Appolos'! If the change is broad and shallow, -large numbers of people could accept a belief or philosophy - yet the foundation stones would not be reset... nothing will change.
These changes cannot be made without a joining and strengthing of the body of Christ. This is a call to examine our lives. How often do you spend time with other believers? How deep and connected are the relationships? Between yourselves do you practice one another's?
Exhort one another…
Instruct one another…
Encourage one another…
Love one another…
Serve one another….
There are 39 one another commandments. How many do I do? Do you do?
Are you - practicing the two 'Greats' not just on Sunday morning but on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday?
As my friend, Pastor Francisco said, “Methods never build a church. People moving under the power of the Holy Spirit build the church.”
This is a call to examine our foundations. And, correct them!
It is a call to examine our lives. Are we proclaiming and living the gospel of the KINGDOM? Are we carrying out the two ‘Greats’? If not, learn how!
It is a call to examine our connections to the other members of the body of Christ. Are we connected in a way that together we can live the Kingdom among us and carry out the two ‘Greats’ every day of the week? If not, what are you going to do about it?
This is how the Kingdom applies to you and to me.
I was thinking about my last two posts. The first shared what the Lord has done for me. My second didn't set easy with me and I wasn't sure why.
In giving our testimony, it is what the Lord has done for us and where He has brought us from, not what we are doing for Him, but how He is using us. And He uses us each different. He never calls the qualified, He qualifies the called. I am a very, very flawed creature. And sometimes I am only a semi-willing vessel.
Yesterday I hung up on a ministry that fixes children's lip deformities and I tried to justify it to the Lord. He didn't buy it. So I had to repent and I have to correct it. I drug my feet. I think the thing I want to show is Kingdom People are just as flawed as the ones who don't know Jesus. The difference is we have Jesus to help us sort things out.
Have a great day!
For those who liked this discussion - I think you will like this powerpoint, too.