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An Upward Spiral

January 27, 2012

As I’ve been learning more about the way the Kingdom of God operates (or rather, is intended to operate), I keep getting the mental image of an

The Warrens in South Africa

Christmas Time in South Africa

upward spiral. Rather than trying to fend, every man for himself, the Kingdom of God is structured so that everyone gets to benefit from the work of everyone else. Imagine a strong economy where every citizen contributes daily to the growth of their country’s wealth and greatness. That’s exactly the type of united effort that the Lord intended for the Body of Christ (the Church).

Check out Ephesians 4:11-14! The entire intention behind the Kingdom is that the saints would all work as a team towards a more complete knowledge of Jesus, while God provides their food, shelter, clothing and everything else they might need.  The Lord Jesus says in Matthew 6:31-34 “So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” That verse is NOT a metaphor!
The Heavenly Father wants to care for His people’s daily needs, and He wants us to focus on growing in righteousness and in an understanding and comprehension of His Kingdom. At first I thought that operating in the Kingdom meant that everyone was called to minister in one of the roles of the “Five Fold Ministry,” but this passage in Ephesians makes it clear that those people are really meant to herd the group of saints closer together, teaching them how to operate fully in the Kingdom of God. Each person does what the Holy Spirit leads them to do (which in our case is free consulting and blogging, yay!) and usually it’s an activity that they REALLY love.
Meanwhile we are all getting the benefit of the entire church body’s work and effort, because everyone is called to share and support each other in love, without any selfishness (or getting paid). Everyone’s positive efforts contribute to the upward spiral!
What do you feel like the Lord is calling you to work on? I’d love to hear!
Blessings in Christ!
CW
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