We pray your 2019 is off to a great start and you are pursuing God’s good, pleasing, and perfect will for your life! The C3 theme for the month of February is “Kingdom Influence.” As followers of Jesus, we are taught to pray, “Your Kingdom come and your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Many times Jesus is quoted as saying, “the Kingdom is like”, but what is this Kingdom and how do we apply this to our lives?
Webster dictionary defines kingdom as, “the realm in which God’s will is fulfilled.” The Kingdom of God is when we allow God to be ruler of our lives and for Christians, that should be when we accept Jesus as Lord. As Christians, we know that this is a process and not an event. When we submit our will to the Holy Spirit, we are allowing the Holy Spirit to sanctify us into the wonderful masterpiece we were created to be. This picture is clearly defined by the Apostle Paul in Ephesians 2:10, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
When we begin to understand this process and allow the Holy Spirit to do the deep work of sanctification in our lives, we begin to establish ourselves as instruments of righteousness that can be used to establish His Kingdom on this earth. We see the perfect example of Jesus in the garden before going to the cross when He was praying, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” His flesh did not want to go through the suffering, but He submitted His will to the Father and endured the cross for our salvation.
The example Jesus provided reflects the power of Kingdom rule in His life as He submitted His will to the Father. We are temples of the Holy Spirit when we accept Jesus and are filled with the Holy Spirit. The Apostle Paul stated in I Corinthians 6:19-20, “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore, honor God with your bodies.”
The Apostle John paints us a wonderful picture of Kingdom rule in John 15 as we abide in Jesus, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunesso that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.” When we abide in Jesus and allow the Holy Spirit to flow through us to produce fruit, there is a freedom that we walk in and a confidence that comes from His presence.
When we understand that we are the temple of the Holy Spirit and His power can be manifest wherever we are, then Kingdom territory is where we are. Our homes, businesses, alliances (non-profits), churches, communities, etc. become Kingdom territory and we have a responsibility to represent the King well. If we as Christians grasped this concept and applied it to our everyday lives, the world would be a better place and we could shift the culture. I believe this is why Jesus prayed in John 17:23, “I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”
Kingdom culture is realized when the King (Jesus) is placed in His rightful place of kingship and we become instruments of the Holy Spirit to produce fruit and influence those placed in our lives. The power is not from us, but the Holy Spirit within us. The Apostle Paul wrote in I Corinthians 4:20, “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.”
Imagine what could happen in our families, alliances, businesses, churches, and communities if we applied these Biblical truths to our lives and allowed the Holy Spirit to transform our cities. This is the vision of C3, “To mobilize the Christian community for city transformation.” Please join us today in this exciting move of God!
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.