The Call to Kingdom Building

Pastor Denis Wade writes that believers should be engaged in the God-given task of establishing God’s kingdom on earth, and how they can do so

In a world often marked by division, chaos and uncertainty, believers are called to be the beacon of hope, unity and purpose. At the heart of our faith lies the profound truth of ‘Kingdom Building’ – the divine mandate to actively participate in establishing God’s kingdom here on earth. As followers of Christ, it is not only our privilege but also our responsibility to engage in this noble endeavour. Let’s delve into why Kingdom Building matters; identify actions contrary to it; highlight positive examples; and explore practical steps for every believer to contribute to this transformative mission.

Why should believers be interested and involved in Kingdom Building?

The answer lies in our Lord’s teachings and example. Jesus Himself prayed: “Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10, NKJV). This prayer encapsulates our mandate to align our lives, actions and endeavours with God’s eternal purposes. Kingdom Building is not about constructing physical edifices or amassing earthly wealth; rather, it’s about advancing God’s reign of love, justice and righteousness in every sphere of society. As ambassadors of Christ, we are called to embody His kingdom values and to actively work towards its realisation.

However, there are actions that stand in direct opposition to Kingdom Building. Divisiveness, prejudice and apathy can run contrary to the unity and love central to God’s kingdom. When believers engage in gossip, slander or discrimination, they undermine the very essence of Kingdom Building. In addition, prioritising personal agendas, wealth accumulation, or worldly success above serving others and advancing God’s purposes hinders the manifestation of His kingdom on earth.

Yet, amidst these challenges, there are inspiring examples of positive Kingdom Building. Consider the selfless acts of compassion and mercy demonstrated by individuals and organisations dedicated to alleviating poverty, fighting injustice, and promoting reconciliation. Think of churches actively engaging in community outreach, mentoring programmes, and social justice initiatives. These endeavours not only meet tangible needs but also bear witness to the transformative power of God’s love when embodied in action.

What actions can believers take to aid Kingdom Building?

We must prioritise prayer as the foundation of our efforts. Prayer aligns our hearts with God’s will; empowers us with divine wisdom; and invites His presence into every aspect of our lives. We must also cultivate a spirit of humility, recognising that Kingdom Building is not about personal accolades but about glorifying God and serving others selflessly.

Furthermore, we can actively seek opportunities to serve and uplift those in need, whether through volunteering, advocacy, or financial support. By partnering with like-minded individuals and organisations, we can amplify our impact and bring about positive change in our communities and beyond. Let’s also engage in intentional discipleship, nurturing and equipping fellow believers to become passionate Kingdom Builders themselves.

In conclusion, Kingdom Building is not merely a lofty ideal, but a sacred calling entrusted to every follower of Christ. It’s a journey of faith, obedience, and sacrificial love, guided by the vision of God’s kingdom coming on earth as it is in heaven. As we heed this divine mandate, let’s forsake all hindrances and press forward with steadfast resolve, knowing that our labour in the Lord is never in vain. As the body of Christ, let’s rise to the challenge and embrace our role as Kingdom Builders, who bring hope, healing and transformation to a world in desperate need of God’s redeeming grace.

Psalm 127:1 declares: ‘Unless the LORD builds the house, the builders labour in vain’ (NIV). Let us, therefore, commit our hearts, minds and hands to the noble task of Kingdom Building, trusting in God’s unfailing provision and guidance every step of the way.

Pastor Denis Wade is Senior Pastor at Micah Church London. Visit www.micah.org.uk

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