Far too many folks have no concept of Kingdom building because they have no concept of Kingdom. Too many folks so caught up in religious rigmarole that they completely miss the revelation of relationship.
The Kingdom of God IS NOT religion, it is the Government of God (Isaiah 9:6-7) – yet many reduce what should be a relationship between a loving, powerful, Father and his earthly offspring to a weak, vain, religious experience. Jesus said “upon this rock (truth) I will build my church (ekklesia or Government) and the gates of hell will not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18).
Jesus wasn’t talking about the country club for the saints or the museum for the “frozen chosen,” either. Yet, that’s what the modern church is largely reduced to.
This relationship must manifest itself in the expressed power that raised Jesus from the dead through the children of God. Yet many refuse to accept those things that Jesus died for BESIDES the salvation of the soul, namely deliverance from demonic oppression and bodily healing.
You see, many of us understand what it is to be a United States citizen. If you’ve ever traveled abroad, your citizenship has traditionally meant that foreign governments could not abuse or mistreat you, lest the force of the US government would fall upon them. But we lack understanding of what it means to be a Kingdom citizen – that the very dunamis of God is what empowers us!
And this lack of understanding of Royal Government clouds the understanding of men to the point they seek to build their own little fiefdoms instead of the Kingdom Jesus said it is the Father’s good pleasure to give us (Luke 12:32). The purpose of ANY earthly ministry is to equip the saints until we all come together in unity of the faith (Ephesians 4:11-13). That means we should be equipping to SEND, not aiming to HOARD.
Where purpose is unknown, abuse is inevitable! The reason there is so much bickering and dissension among Christians is that too many want to esteem their opinions above the Word of God. The net of this has yielded a powerless Christianity that is unattractive to the world. Instead of being ambassadors for Christ, many of us have become representatives of vain religion and, because of this, we are seen as indistinguishable from the world’s other religions
To those in ministry and church leadership, I say, “stay in your lane; run your race!” Anything that bears the signature of God will be mocked by the world and will be lusted after by vain religion but, at the end of the day, will be eminently successful. Continue to equip, encourage, and edify the saints, demonstrating BY EXAMPLE what leadership born of love looks like!
© 2012 – Derrick Day (www.derrickday.com)