A KINGDOM church is always learning, always progressing and always pursuing the heart and passion of JESUS.
Fruits of a Kingdom minded people?
Readiness to receive: I witnessed an elderly couple sitting in one of our sessions armed with pen and pad writing down point for point, nodding their heads in agreement, and applauding with excitement every time Tyrone ( from NCMI) mentioned something of great value. Their 'Amens' were more frequent and heard above the many that were there. What is so different about this ? ....Well, nothing other than the fact that this couple have been in ministry for decades. They have planted churches and led ministerial works in different cities and if thats not enough they have started and administrated Christian schools in our region. They are more likely to be the ones teaching and most probably more qualified from that point of view. Instead they are the ones listening, unassuming and ready to recieve the Word no matter who is delivering it.
Readiness to worship: It never ceases to amaze me how many people are more ready to sing than to worship. Of course singing plays it role in worship but reciting a few words printed up on a screen is not worship. There is a passion found in a worshipful heart that requires no music nor words. It's as if you can take this worshipper place him in the middle of no where and he will translate that place into the very tabernacle of God. Look at a true worshiper and you see someone who abandons his reality, as if Jesus was right there with him. Well that's right....He is there...but they actually believe this!
Readiness to sacrifice : Well would it surprise you if I said that 15 Christian leaders signed up for this Seminar but never arrived nor expressed any apologies or excuse. Let your yes be yes and your no be no = Integrity. In our city we hear of a great call for revival...especially among our leaders but what would they be willing to sacrifice to get this. There is an inconvenience, a cost and a sacrifice to Kingdom. Sometimes you have to buy a field just to get to the treasure, sometimes you have to stop the program to seek out that which has been lost BUT most of the time Kingdom requires, in fact, it demands some kind of sacrifice. The Devil never stops distracting us with business, family, work and tiredness - We believe that going the extra mile will actually wear us down when in fact the word says that Grace comes to us when we seek Him out (We find REST in Him). Our priority must be Kingdom and the Kingdom is ALL not one over another. Sacrifice is not found in the daily routine of your Christian life BUT in that which extents you beyond this routine.
Readiness to finish: Oh yes it seems so much easier to start something than to finish it. My girls love to make me breakfast every now and then but there is a saying we have "the blessing is not in the making the breakfast but in the cleaning up-afterwards". Finishing strong my friends is possibly more important and many times it helps empower others to carry on its effects into the next season. If it wasn't for Jesus finishing His work we would not live in this resurrection power and empowering of His Spirit. I think the book of TIMOTHY is a great letter written by Paul as he empowers Timothy into his future by finishing strong. What good is it if you had a great run but what you hand over amounts to little. What does your EXIT plan look like ? Does it empower the next generation, leave a legacy or does it leave them having to figure out how they're gonna clean up the mess!!
In conclusion, Kingdom thinkers find ways to unite the strongest men and women together. They are fighters who passionately strategize and reason together but they don't do this to define their place in this world, rather,they help define the teams purpose in moving forward and in the process they are able to maintain a partnership that becomes outstanding in the field. They are builders and architects that extend the mandate and purpose of God and their synergy is found solely in their PASSION for the KING himself, JESUS CHRIST.