Martin Luther was quoted as saying, “A Gospel that does not deal with the issues of the day is not the Gospel at all.” A church that cannot address the issues of the day is excluded from the national conversation as people try to solve these problems. No wonder to a greater extent the Body of Christ has become irrelevant because it disconnected itself from the national conversations since it was too spiritually minded to be of any earthly value. We have to regain our place at the table of power brokers. We are kings not only priests! Our voice should be heard and our influence felt.
The longer that I live the more convinced I am that: Every child of God is called to exercise dominion and influence on behalf of the King in one of the domains (mountains) of societal influence. It may be the domain of Faith, Education, Finance, Law, Celebration, Family etc. These domains are the spheres where culture is shaped and national conversations happen. By and large the church was absent from these spheres and focused primarily in the Domain of Faith aka Church/Religion.
The Kingdom of God will rise as a mountain of influence as priestly kings discover their purpose and then invade the domains of their divine assignment to assert the will of our Father. Once we are clear that we are kings we view the discipleship mandate as a charge to kings to expand the territory of the Kingdom. We realize that we are in a battle for Kingdom expansion. We should remember that ours is not the only Kingdom contending for discipling and colonization of cultures.
Jesus taught us to pray and work for the coming of His Kingdom and the execution of His will on earth as it is in heaven. Matt 5:10 declares, “Your Kingdom come and Your Will be done.” Because we have viewed ourselves primarily as priests we have failed to enforce the Kingdom. Priests focus on worship and spiritual matters while kings focus on Kingdom expansion. We have generally performed well in our priestly function but poorly in our kingly function. That is why the Tabernacle of David needs to be restored. We are worshipping warriors and warring worshippers.
Revelations 5:9-10 “And they sang a new song saying “you are worthy to take the book and open its seal you were slain and you have redeemed us to God by your blood out of every kindred and every tongue and people and nation and you have made us kings and priests to our God and we will reign forever and ever.” (ESV) The purpose for which he made us kings and priests is so that we may reign in this earth. So that we may have dominion. We are kings and priests.
Believers have been very good at being priestly. We have interceded a lot. But we have not been kingly enough. We have been very good in the Temple, but poor players in the marketplace. We have lost the concept of priestly kings. So the Tabernacle of David through the order of Melchizedek restores kings who are priests. That was always God’s intention. Kings know that their purpose is to advance the cause of the kingdom. They are about dominion. That’s why Jesus taught us to pray, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is heaven” and yet we are thinking about heaven and not thinking about the coming of the kingdom of God. That’s why believers are often poor citizens because they are thinking of heaven instead of thinking of kingdom. To make a difference, we need to be both priests and kings.
We have a dominion mandate both by creation and redemption, to rule on earth not in heaven. Priests don’t think dominion. They don’t think reigning. They don’t think impact. They don’t think community impact. They don’t think community-enhancing initiatives. The church has lost its impact because it thinks of the tabernacle of Moses as priests under the order of Aaron rather than the tabernacle of David under the order of Melchizedek. The church will be a blessing to our communities and our nations when it’s thinking kingdom, when it’s thinking dominion, reigning, and how it can make a difference. We need a paradigm shift. A mental realignment!
When you think as priests, you think being a businessman is ungodly. When we were growing up, anytime you were spiritual and loved God, you were encouraged to leave all the earthly vocations, and go serve God “full-time”. So we lost some of our most brilliant minds to the tabernacle of Moses and the nations were robbed. Who said God does not anoint scientists? Who said He does not anoint educationists? Who said God does not anoint politicians? The kingdom is about every sphere of society. If we want to make a difference, we must do the prayer of intercession, but we must also represent the kingdom by doing the work of intercession.
How can we be the salt of the earth when we are in a saltshaker? We spend our time in church and yet expect to positively affect society. When you have prayed yourself up, go into the marketplace and make a difference. Hallelujah! So He has made us kings and priests for our God to reign.
Its time for priestly kings to arise in Africa and be involved in politics, business, law, education, the arts etc.
Blessings. I know that its been a while since my last post. I have been busy with my newest book, The Tabernacle of David: The Key to Discipling Nations as Priestly Kings. I have just completed the initial draft of that book. Since tomorrow is my birthday, I have decided to launch this my fifth publication by offering the full manuscript as a free e-book download to celebrate my birthday month. It will remain available as a free download for the month of September 2017. Feel free to forward link to your friends. I hope you enjoy this offering and will offer your thoughts and insights on this blogsite (www.nurturingchampions.com). I am believing that your input will happen sharpen the hard copy edition that is still in final stages.
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