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Who’s Building What Now?

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I came to a very important resolution yesterday, I am no longer building the church or building the kingdom. Why? I realized it’s not in the Bible.

The more I thought and searched, I understood that Jesus said He would build His church (Matthew 16:18) and that God is building up His house with us as living stones (1 Peter 2:5).

How about the kingdom? Didn’t Jesus tell us to build? Actually, no. He said “the kingdom is at hand.” He spoke of a fully realized kingdom that was not of this world being manifested into our time and space.

You aren’t trying to build something for Him. You are revealing what He’s already done.

I don’t know about you, but that’s liberating to me. You can feel so much pressure to perform and do–some of it internal and some of it external from others; but it’s not from Him. Grace draws you into laying down your life so that He can live through you.

Jesus said to go into all the world, preach the gospel, and set people free. That’s the focus. Loving, healing, encouraging, blessing others. The kingdom that Jesus preached all those centuries ago is not in need of your building. It’s rock solid and immovable.

Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire. –Hebrews 12:28-29

The inheritance of the child is not built by the children. You are inheriting a kingdom, receiving from Him; and once it’s all revealed, Jesus will turn it back to the Father (1 Corinthians 15:24). How much easier is it to point out what already exists rather than feeling like you have to produce something?

The light, power, grace, and truth you need is already in place. No assembly required and batteries included.

I’m living this day in gratitude for a church He’s faithful to build in a kingdom that’s not going anywhere and being revealed to the ends of the earth. Care to join me?

What are your thoughts on this? Do you think it make any difference how you think about this subject?

2 Comments

  1. Excellent thoughts, Jason.
    We think too highly of ourselves or put too much pressure on ourselves thinking that we have to use our strength, intellect, or charisma to accomplish what only God can anyway.

    Way to think outside the box and chains of slavery.

    • It was eye-opening to me when God sort of dropped it into my thoughts! We can’t accomplish what He’s already provided, which also means we can’t undo it either. Good news all the way around! Thanks Floyd.

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