Happy New Year 2020 from the team at C3. The entry into a new year is a great time to reflect on the past, embrace the present, and prepare for the future. The C3 theme for January is Investing in the Kingdom. Many of the parables Jesus provided in the gospels started with, “the Kingdom of Heaven is like..” So why would Jesus teach us about what the Kingdom of Heaven is like when we are here on planet Earth?
Defining 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 will influence those around us through our everyday lives.
There has been much written in recent years about the seven mountains of 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. When we view the mountain of religion as the sacred mountain and the other mountains as secular mountains, we create a secular/sacred divide, which has limited our influence in the world as Christians. However, this concept is contrary to the idea the Apostle Paul promotes 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.
The Apostle Paul states in I Corinthians 6:19, “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”. The finished work of Jesus on the cross and the gift of the Holy Spirit means that we bring the Kingdom of Heaven wherever we
go because our body is a temple of the Holy Spirit. When we grasp this concept, we begin to see the importance of what we allow to enter our temple.
This idea is supported in Romans 12:1-3, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” The power of the Holy Spirit in our lives will transform us and bring Heaven to Earth as we reflect His character and creativity.
Investing in the Kingdom
As we enter 2020 with great expectation of the work God will do in and through our lives this year, lets commit ourselves to being instruments to be used for His glory. Invest in the Kingdom and join C3 in 2020 as we walk out the C3 vision, “connect Christians to transform communities”. As business, alliance, and church leaders in the Christian community work together to accomplish this, we will fulfill Jesus last prayer 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.”
We pray God’s richest blessings on you and your family in the coming year.
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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.