13th Dec, 2012

God’s Design for Kingdom Building – The Family

Rileys at the Plaza of the Nations
I first posted the below in 2009. It seemed good to post it again, slightly edited.

It is the rage to talk about advancing God’s Kingdom, building the Kingdom, sharing the gospel of the Kingdom, being missional, being Kingdom minded; and it should be. The gospel of the Kingdom is what Jesus taught. Read the gospel of Matthew and even have a little fun watching the musical Godspell, a fanciful modern look at Matthew.

The question is: How did God intend to build His Kingdom?

As with most things, the answers are found in the beginning. God’s plans are laid out simply in Genesis 1.

26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, [b] and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

God created man and woman and told them to have babies, fill the earth, and rule it. RULE the earth. Be Kings and Queens over it. God asked us to represent Him and His authority and rule. Translation: Build my Kingdom.

Here’s the eye-opener: God is creating the institution of the family and then telling the families he created to fill the earth (go) as families to build Kingdom. Godly families are the original intent of our “FATHER” for the establishment of His Kingdom on earth!

Not only is this God’s intent, but it also is clear that the way to walk out Matthew 28:18-20 and disciple nations, what we often call the Great Commission, is to begin by discipling families. Thus, family ministries and discipleship is the foundational building block for fulfilling the Great Commission. In fact, one could say that the seeds of the Great Commission in Matthew 28 are found in the first commission God gives humankind in Genesis 1!

God clearly gives parents the responsibility to train up their children in His ways and love. When this is done generationally and through family, one can quickly begin to see how one would build the Kingdom here on earth. Just as our heavenly Father shows us how to live and loves us unconditionally, we should disciple our children in how to live and love unconditionally. Since “love never fails,” doing these things will necessarily succeed and result in the building of God’s Kingdom and godly rule over the earth. If each family would pursue God wholeheartedly, we would raise up godly children who, in turn, would raise up godly children, populating the earth with men and women who know God and make Him known.

Many of us grow up wanting to save the world. Well, let’s get started by saving the family. Is your own family whole? If not, get busy. Let’s be intentional about our call to be husbands, wives, mommies and daddies! It’s no wonder that Satan attacks the family so strongly. Let’s end the cycles of abuse and conflict by loving our families. Let’s join together in going to our Father and pray that His Kingdom will come to earth, beginning with our family.

Responses

The kingdom Jesus begins is new: he is the exclusive king and his kingdom is made up of his disciples who do everything he has commanded (as ruler). Because his commands are different from those of other rulers of the earth (including those of most fathers for their children), he says his disciples will be persecuted, even persecuted by their own families. So Jesus does not say that the natural family is the key to spreading his kingdom; he does say his family is those disciples who do the will of his Father.

Dad,
Every time you teach this, it brings new revelations to me! Thanks for being so great!
With love and respect,
TiGeR

Lucas Dawn,

I agree that God brings us all together as sons and daughters in Jesus, but the principles God established for the family have not changed. Two godly parents who train their children in the Lord results in godly offspring, and two godly parents who teach their children to follow Jesus all their days, doing as he commanded, will build Kingdom throughout the earth, wherever they go. So, I don’t think this is an either/or thing, but a both/and. We must continue to seek God’s heart for families – for husbands and wives, sons and daughters – in marriage and in parenting. May God less our families and marriages and give great wisdom in parenting. May there be no more divorce in the Body of Christ!

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