Building Whose Kingdom? (Devotion)
God calls us to build ONE kingdom...His Kingdom. The Body of Christ globally is called to build God’s Kingdom. The enemy wants us to distract us from that mission. He tempts us to work towards building our own kingdom, as he did to Jesus in Luke 4:7-8:
For the second test he led him up and spread out all the kingdoms of the earth on display at once. Then the devil said, "They're yours in all their splendor to serve your pleasure. I'm in charge of them all and can turn them over to whomever I wish. Worship me and they're yours, the whole works." Jesus refused, again backing his refusal with Deuteronomy: "Worship the Lord your God and only the Lord your God. Serve him with absolute single-heartedness." (Luke 4:7-8 The Message)
Worship leaders, pastors, artists, speakers, and the like, are especially targets for this temptation. We live in a world where we make celebrities out of Christian leaders. As leaders, we must guard against the temptation to become celebrities and to build our own kingdoms.
This applies to those of us on the worship team as well. Do you always seek the spotlight and are unwilling to serve in areas of ministry where you are not publicly recognized and praised? Do you get upset if you don’t get the solo to that big song? Do you get offended when people don’t raise their hands during the song you’re leading, not because you’re concerned with God being worshipped, but because you’re upset that they didn’t recognize how powerful you sang that song?
As leaders, we must always check our motives, check our heart. When you are living to build God’s Kingdom, you don’t care who gets the credit for the work. When you are building God’s Kingdom, you are eager and willing to work with other leaders to reach more people. When you are building God’s Kingdom, you don’t even think territorially. You acknowledge that every skill you have, every resource, was given by God to advance His Kingdom, not your own.
Questions for group discussion or personal reflection:
1. How does this relate to you in your life right now?
2. Why do you think it’s tempting to build our own kingdom?
3. What are some practical ways you can guard yourself from this temptation?
Scripture taken from The Message. Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002. Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group.Comment on Facebook Comment on Twitter
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