I am encountering a growing number of Believers who are examining the difference between the Gospel of salvation and the Gospel of the Kingdom. Jesus said, "And this Gospel of the Kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come" (Matt. 24:14).
The basic difference between these two concepts is that the Gospel of the Kingdom teaches people how to apply the influence of Heaven to their everyday lives—including their surroundings and daily activities.
There are seven major spheres (or mountains) which impact society: business, government, media, arts and entertainment, education, family and religion (see Isa. 2:2; Mic. 4:1). Every Believer moves in at least one of these areas, and God wants to use our influence for His glory. As we do this, we are reformers, bringing God's government (organization or influence) to earth.
Scripture provides the threads from which to weave a picture of God's reformation plan (see Acts 3:21). A primary thread is Isaiah 9:7, which says, "Of the increase of His government…there will be no end," that He will "order it and establish it," and that "the zeal of the Lord" will accomplish this.
Another vital thread is found in Matthew 16:18, where Jesus says, "I will build My Church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it."
And still another important thread is in Matthew 6:9-13. When we pray for His Kingdom to come and His will to be done, we must understand that everything God intends to do on earth, He intends to do through His Church—meaning you and me!
The Church is currently in an age of reformation which will culminate with the announcement found in Revelation 11:15, that the Kingdoms of this world have become the Kingdoms of our Lord and His Christ (see Rev. 20:6; also see Prophetic Scriptures Yet to be Fulfilled, by Dr. Bill Hamon).
You were born "for such a time as this" (Esther 4:14). But we must not miss the first part of this verse, which basically says if we can't or won't do what He wants done, He'll find someone else! Like me, I'm sure you want God to use you as a reformer—not someone else!
God has always been a reformer. From the moment Adam and Eve fell into sin in the garden, He had a plan to restore the environment of Heaven to earth through His Son, Jesus.
Being a reformer is not that complicated. Daniel was a perfect Old Testament example of this. I'm sure Daniel had no plans to be a reformer—he did not even choose to be where he was. He was very young, not a spiritual leader or someone well known. He simply stuck by his godly convictions, even when faced with persecution or death. God poured out a spirit of excellence on him, and in time, he was elevated to a position of great influence.
It's important to believe that we are blessed of God. As we obey the voice of His Spirit and observe His commands, He promises to open the treasures of Heaven and bless all the work of our hands—to set us above the people of the earth, to make us the head and not the tail (see Deuteronomy 28:1-14; 30:11-20). It is critical to catch the progression—obedience brings blessing, and blessing brings influence!
Believers are the spiritual children of Abraham under the new and better covenant (see Gal. 3:29; Heb. 8-10). Jewish people understood the concept of blessing and even today are known for financial and cultural prominence. As the Church catches this impartation and uses it to bring the full manifestation of "Thy Kingdom come," we will see cultural revolution!
What Might Reformation Look Like?
Once when my husband was serving on the board of our local public high school, we unified Believers and successfully removed Planned Parenthood from involvement with the sex education program. Everyone said it couldn't be done, but God had a different idea!
So much good came from this. The media's biased reporting allowed me to write a lengthy guest editorial in our local newspaper (Missoulian). Then, we helped rally Believers and introduced legislation banning their involvement in all state high schools. It passed both the house and senate, but ultimately was vetoed by our liberal governor. It clearly showed, however, how Believers can unite to bring Kingdom influence.
How Can I Fit In?
• Reformation flows from a life of obedience. Remember, Daniel did not intend to be a reformer. He was simply faithful and obedient in the place he found himself, and God honored this.
• Understand you are blessed by God, and blessing brings influence.
• Let God position you and give strategy.
• Allow God to shape your character, and endure through the process. Every step of your journey brings you closer to the fulfillment of your ultimate calling and purpose.
• Reformers are motivated by God's heart of love. When removing Planned Parenthood, God rocked my world by imparting to me how much He loved those unbelieving high school students and was grieved they were being deceived. Those motivated by God's love will become reformers!
Diane Lake is a writer and minister ordained with both Christian International and Generals International. A published author, her current writing project is a devotional book on cultivating intimacy with the Lord. She and her husband, Allen, co-founded Starfire Ministries with a vision to see the Kingdom established beyond the four walls of the traditional church. They serve as Church Mountain and Montana Coordinators for the Reformation Prayer Network and are blessed to call beautiful western Montana home.
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