The Unstoppable Kingdom

As Jesus told the parables of the mustard seed and the leaven in Luke 13, two truths were made very apparent about the Kiingdom. First, the Kingdom, in a word, is unstoppable. Even despite its small beginnings, it has grown and continues to grow to this day. Even though persecution has sought to silence it, the Kingdom still perseveres.
Second, God wants to use us, of all things, to build the Kingdom until He returns! We are meant to be conduits of His love and glory to peoples of all nations so they may know the Good News of the Gospel and share in the hope that we share in Christ.
As we studied these truths this past week, one question kept plaguing my mind. Why are we not more active in this unstoppable endeavor? I have heard it said that it is impossible to pass up a sure thing. Funny thing is, we are far too unresponsive to the opportunity we have to be a part of the only true sure thing there ever was.
Recently, I heard Dr. David Platt, pastor of The Church at Brookhills, in Alabama, share an illustration about this tendency Christians have to denounce the opportunity for building the Kingdom. He shared about a gentleman he met on a golf course that he began to share with just moments before he teed off on the first hole. As they shared small talk, he asked the man what he did for a living. The man simply said, “I play golf.” Curious, David asked him if he was on the pro golf tour, to which he replied, “no”. “Are you a golf pro,” asked David. Again, the answer was no. As David pressed, the man shared that his wife had a very well-paying career, which allowed him to simply travel at his leisure and golf any time he wanted. David then shared about how jealous he and his friend was at this response, wondering what it would be like to live a life full of nothing by golfing vacations.
The point David made was this: shamefully, a vast majority of Christians live their life as if they were on permanent vacation instead of spending precious time investing in the Kingdom. This truth should be so convicting to us all!
If there is one thing that we, as humans, like, it’s a sure thing. I have read and heard so many stories of people who have nearly lost everything after going ‘all in’ for a sure thing that wasn’t so sure. My question is this…if we know that we have a sure thing in the Kingdom (which is the only true sure thing), why don’t we go all in for it? God has already won the victory, all we have to do is claim it.
What if we took this to heart, and just a few of us decided to go all in?

I Married my bride, Erin, in 2003. We have 3 children: Emma, Elijah, and Lydia. I have served full-time on staff at Westwood Baptist Church, in Roxboro, NC, since summer of 2006 as Pastor of Students & Discipleship. I am currently enrolled at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, pursuing my Doctorate of Education.

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