It’s God’s Kingdom

“Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is Yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and You are exalted as head above all” (1 Chronicles 29:11)

 

When we think about staying in God’s favor, we need to recognize that it’s all about God, and not about us. As I pastor Highpoint Church, I recognize that it’s not my church, it’s God’s church. And as I pastor this church, which God has entrusted to me and our team, we recognize that the way we do ministry is not the only way to do ministry and build God’s Kingdom.

I love the Chronicler’s words when he writes, “Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is Yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and You are exalted as head above all” (1 Chronicles 29:11). Make no mistake about it, the only kingdom that will be standing at the end of the day is God’s Kingdom. Not mine, not yours. God’s. That’s why if we want to stay in God’s favor, never be tricked into building your kingdom instead of God’s Kingdom.

This is true for everybody, not just for those who are in full-time ministry. Fact is, as Christ followers, we’re all in full-time ministry as we’re called to make disciples (Matt 28:19-20)! But as we do this, as we live out the Great Commission in our lives, we cannot fall into the trap of feeling ownership around the progress for the Kingdom that God accomplishes. It’s our responsibility to share the gospel, but it’s the Holy Spirit who regenerates hearts. It’s not about us, it’s about Him.

For a biblical example, John the Baptist understood this. When John’s disciples saw more people following Jesus instead of him, his response was “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30). In whatever ministry we do, Jesus needs to be center stage. As you share the gospel with your neighbor, be praying for Jesus to increase, and you to decrease. As you serve those in your community around you, may they see more of Jesus instead of you. Every time I get up to preach a message on the weekends, my prayer is that Jesus would be magnified, and people would see more of Him, and less of me.

God is in the business of reviving hearts and changing lives. Our job is simply to follow Him wherever He leads, thanking Him for the privilege of including us in this mission of building His Kingdom.

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