As we enter a new year, the C3 theme for January is Discovering the Kingdom. Many of the parables Jesus provided in the gospels started with, “the Kingdom of Heaven is like..” In fact, Matthew 13 contains many of the Kingdom parables. In them, Jesus compares the Kingdom to a man who sows good seeds, a grain of mustard seed, a treasure hidden in a field, a businessman in search of something rare, precious, and valuable beyond measure… These are just some of the ways Jesus explains what the Kingdom is like. So why would Jesus teach us about what the Kingdom of Heaven is like when we are here on Earth?
Discovering the Kingdom
The definition of kingdom from dictionary.com is, “domain over which the spiritual sovereignty of God or Christ extends, whether in heaven or on earth.” As we allow Jesus to rule and reign in our lives, we begin to understand the part of the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6:10, “your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” This prayer will influence those around us through our everyday lives as we pursue the Kingdom
Recognizing the Kingdom
To help recognize the Kingdom, there has been much written in recent years about the seven mountains of Kingdom influence, which include family, religion, education, arts and entertainment, government, business and media. Each of these spheres of influence have the potential to greatly impact society, either positively or negatively. For example,when Christians begin to view the mountain of religion as the sacred mountain and the other mountains as secular mountains, a secular/sacred divide can be created which limits our influence in the world as Christ followers. Paul speaks to how to properly view all of society in regard to the Kingdom in Colossians 3:23-24:
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”
This verse teaches us that all we do should be sacred and whatever sphere of influence we are called to, we should do it as worship unto the Lord. When we understand this principle, we see the Kingdom of God as covering all seven mountains and eliminate the secular/sacred divide.
Manifesting the Kingdom on Earth
Like many other beliefs in life, application is the key to realizing potential. We can know what to do, but until we apply knowledge practically, the benefit is limited. This principle is reflected by the Apostle Paul in I Corinthians 4:20, “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.” As we depend on Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit, we become instruments of His righteousness that can impact the world in a powerful way.
We at C3 are entering 2018 with great expectation of what God will do in our lives to impact communities as we work together to mobilize the Christian community for a thriving world.
Jamie Jordan is the State Director for the South Carolina Christian Chamber of Commerce (SC-C3). His passion is to see unity and excellence exhibited within the Christian community. Jamie can be reached at jjordan@Stravicom.com.