Built For The Kingdom
When you think of the Kingdom of God, what comes to mind? A place such as Heaven? While Heaven is the eternal Kingdom of God, He has also built His Kingdom here on earth. This earthly Kingdom is built of His people, Christians, you and I. When it comes to the earthly Kingdom, a common misconception is that it is full of perfect people, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. John Wesley once said, “Give me one hundred preachers who fear nothing but sin and desire nothing but God, and I care not whether they be clergymen or laymen, they alone will shake the gates of Hell and set up the kingdom of Heaven upon Earth.” God has shown time and time again that He can use anyone He chooses. In fact, He has built His Kingdom with repentant sinners. Just look at the group Jesus chose to follow Him. Within the twelve Disciples alone you have fisherman, tax collectors, zealots, and thieves. Not quite the perfect, cookie cutter crew if you ask me. But, this motley crew was chosen by God to be close to Him. Draw near to Him. To be apart of His Kingdom.
Not only were the Disciples called to be apart of the Kingdom, they were also called to Build the Kingdom! Matthew 10:5-6 (ESV) says, “These twelve Jesus sent out, instructing them, “Go nowhere among the Gentiles and enter no town of the Samaritans, but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” Just as the disciples were a part of the Kingdom, building and growing it, we are called similarly. Once we have repented of our own sin and joined God’s earthly Kingdom, we are then called to begin Building the Kingdom. It is our task and mission. You may not be skilled carpenter, but that shouldn’t stop you from building God’s Kingdom.
A popular song by Rend Collective goes, “Build Your kingdom here, let the darkness fear. Show Your mighty hand. Heal our streets and land. Set Your church on fire; Win this nation back. Change the atmosphere, build Your kingdom here, we pray.”
Isn’t this our prayer? If it is not, maybe it should be. In our chaotic world, the Devil is constantly fighting to destroy the earthly Kingdom. He whispers in our ears lies and deceit, bringing on doubt and insecurity; doing anything he can to keep us from sharing the Gospel. This is where our faith comes in. The Holy Spirit is in each one of the God’s Children. He is there as a guide; helping to discern truth from the lies. So, if we make ourselves available, God will help us, lead us, and work through us to build His kingdom. Through Him, the church can be set on fire and this nation can be won back.