Are You Preaching The Kingdom Of God Or Making A Name For Yourself?
When God created man and other living things on the earth, He gave an almost similar mandate to both (Genesis 1:22&24). To man He added an instruction which encapsulates the mission of man: “…And subdue it. Rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky and every creature that crawls on the earth” (Genesis 1:28b). However, by the time we read chapter three of the Book, what man was to subdue, subdued him. Thus, fear set in and man was unable to rule effectively. This fear led man on a path away from God, resulting in God wiping out all living things including man except for the family of Noah. The same mandate was given to him at the end of the flood which is, to be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, subdue and rule (Genesis 9:1-2); but man chose to do otherwise: “And they said, ‘Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the sky. Let us make a name for ourselves otherwise, we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth’” (Genesis 11:4). This terrible act was in direct violation of the instruction given to man by God. Therefore, He scattered them all over the world by confusing their language. The intention of God for giving the instruction is to make man His delegated authority upon the earth; to bring His will to bear on the earth; in other words, to make the kingdoms of the earth the Kingdom of God. Jesus Christ had to come and walk amongst us to restore the mission by asking man to return from his self ordained path to the path of God. After His death and resurrection He repeated the mandate to His disciples and to as many that will believe in Him: “Then He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation” (Mark 16:15). Unfortunately, man reverted to his old antics: The disciples and believers chose to remain in Jerusalem just like the men of old with the Tower of Babel to make a name for themselves. God then raised a terrible persecution against them to push them to take the gospel of Christ around the world.
Today, the same scenario is repeating itself. The Church that is meant to be a vehicle to expand the Kingdom of God is fast turning into an end in itself. So many Church leaders are more concerned about building their towers than reaching the people with the undiluted word of God. The word is continually watered down so they could build towers, cities and make a name for themselves! So many have become political apologetics; turning their pulpits and ministries to organs and mouth pieces of political parties. When Christ walked on the earth, He refrained from the politics of the day and rather preached the Kingdom of God. Friend, only as we apply God’s word to our lives would we be truly blessed, and not through the policies of the day! When the disciples tried to drag Him into the politics of the day, He told them to concentrate on His Kingdom by being His witnesses all over the world (Acts 1:8). Friend, who and what exactly are you preaching? The social media is a great tool to further His kingdom, what are you preaching through it? Are you expanding God’s Kingdom or you just desire to build a tower, a city and make a name for yourself? You wine and dine with the government of the day. Praise God for you. How have your being anointed of God impacted such relationship? Don’t you know that the access you have to the corridors of power is not for you to build a tower or make a name for yourself but to hammer home into the hearts of these men in power the righteousness, holiness and judgments of God? Perhaps, the corruption we are currently screaming about would not have been endemic if this truth had been taken to heart and acted upon. The coming of the Lord is here, when each man will give account of what he had done on earth. Therefore: “Be conscientious about yourself and your teaching; persevere in these things, for by doing this you will save both yourself and your hearers” (1Timothy 4:16). God bless you.