In Kennedy’s speech (inaugural address) the famous line ‘ask not what your country can do for you but ask what you can do for your country’ I stated as a fact we should be recognizing, especially in a world encompassed by the maws of capitalism, it’s almost second nature to consume, the laws of supply and demand sated but what about Christ?
He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves.
, the job market is not saturated but no one wishes to work! The state of Christianity in some circles could be likened to the ‘willfully unemployed’ who ‘scrounge’ off the state financed by tax payers; there are Christians who are simply under the umbrella ‘Christian’ but refuse to take up any work in the body of Christ to pay their dues to the building of his kingdom. They receive the Lord’s unfailing protection, provision and guidance but don’t pay their dues in obedience, forever complaining about the things they have yet to receive.
The world needs Christians to step up and stop riding the wave of their ‘brand name’ and actually start living in a ‘Christ-like’ manner-living like our redeemer, Jesus Christ of Nazareth. The mission is ‘not what God can do for us but rather what we can do for His kingdom’. Jesus confidently says when we seek the wellbeing of His father’s kingdom ahead of our own earthly requirements and desires He will take care of all of them anyway.
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
If you don’t believe this then ponder upon Christ’s words when he says;
that ye may be the children of your Father who is in Heaven. For He maketh His sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
Irregardless of our conduct, the love of God out of grace and mercy provides us with the very means to exist. I’d say this is an iron clad guarantee that He will make good on anything He says.
So what then? How do we build God’s Kingdom? We love. We share Christ and not just in our heavy theological explanations but in our vivid actions that speak volumes more than any author can attempt to pen down even under the influence of the Holy Spirit. Irregardless of what any eloquent salesman will tell you, a sales pitch is only really as good as the product’s credibility- it has to be worth it! I used to work as a door-to-door salesman and I’d pitch the socks off my clients turning them, from usually frustrated individuals who just wanted to go inside to satisfied friends offering me cups of tea, cakes and at times dinner! Why? My product was actually of some worth. I sold Love Film subscriptions and movies and games were the craze-they still are. My customers were always grateful and happy that 1.) the product worked and did what it said on the tin and 2.) It was worth their investment in money and time standing at the door listening to my bold speech.
It is written there is no good praying for someone if you don’t follow it up with some procativity.
What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
People need to experience positive change not just hear about it and in Christ we offer that. The Jewish nation in the time of Jesus had heard of the impending arrival of their messiah, the good news, the arrival of the one who would rescue and restore them from their current position of servitude.
Isaiah 9 v 6
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
Their messiah did come to restore them but it wasn’t in the way they expected. They wanted a king to rise up and over throw the wicked Romans but their king came for a deeper mission, to overthrow their spiritual slave master. Others within the Jewish nation him though-they felt Christ relating them to them, helping them, guiding them, not just dictating to them as the Pharisees and Sadducees were doing at the time.
Matthew 8 v 16-17
That evening people brought to Jesus many who had demons. Jesus spoke and the demons left them, and he healed all the sick. He did these things to bring about what Isaiah the prophet had said:
“He took our suffering on him and carried our diseases.” Isaiah 53:4
Some were so inspired, so stirred in spirit that they asked the question ‘what can I do for God’s kingdom?’ rather than ‘what can God do for me?’ the Hallmark of early Christianity is that of service and fellowship in joyous unity.How we answer the call of God in our lives is by positive proactiveness. Love is a verb not a noun. Why do you think God can take anyone-use anyone for His glory no matter their past? Because nouns- all ‘titles’ come into submission when presented before the name of Jesus Christ.
And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
The only thing that stands before God is love and true love casts out all fear.
1 John 4:18
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
On the day of judgment we will stand without fear for our actions made in love defining who we were on earth had gone before us in Christ working in our lives and we expressed the love of God to the world in incredible and mundane situations, day to day powered but the Holy Spirit, for we constantly said ‘My God is faithful-it Is not what God can do for me but what I can do for His kingdom.” We answered the call of our God as true patriots to a kingdom not of earth but of heaven, acting out the most powerful verb in any language-Loving.