24 Jan A Vision for the Kingdom
I don’t think Christians really realize how important God’s Kingdom is to Him.
Matthew 16:18–19 (NKJV)
18 … on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. 19 And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.
We know that when someone is building something – all their focus, time, energy and resources are concentrated upon what they are building. Jesus is building his church. That is where His focus, energy and resources are. And He says something very interesting to us: “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven.”
Who has received those keys? You and I! It’s time to stop running away from your part in the church and God’s kingdom. God doesn’t want you to run from it – He wants you to run TO it. It is only when we get a vision for God’s Kingdom that our lives start to make sense.
You do not exist on this planet to suck up air and die when you’re done. We exist for something bigger than ourselves. We are called to bring heaven down to earth! Jesus is saying we are the answer to this darkness the world is experiencing.
It is only when we get a vision for God’s Kingdom that we start to understand why we want to be successful in business, the best in sport or why we want to get that education. Your life will only really make sense when it is tied up to your redemptive purpose!
We believe that the church does NOT exist for the church. The church exists to reach the world out there for Christ. That is such a huge statement right there! We believe that we are a church on mission.
My friend, I am going to say something very important now: for many of us, life is NOT working. Do you want to know why? Because you’re not connected to what God has created you for!
Get a God-Vision. Vision is not something you can buy. You get it from God. And when you receive it – it changes you forever!
When I grew up I wanted to become a lawyer – because I was told it was the road to success. But it wasn’t a God-vision. When the Lord got hold of me, He implanted His vision in my heart for telling people about Jesus.
I encourage you: Don’t simply continue to run on the treadmill of life but never arrive at the purpose God has for you. Don’t accumulate accolades but never get the prize of the high call of heaven.
Take up your calling in God’s kingdom and unlock the life God has for you in 2018. It’s not too late!