Most likely you aren’t going to walk in Wal-Mart next week and see me stocking the shelves for them. As much as I think it would be helpful since they are often out of the things I want, I am not going to do it. I am not going to do it because I am not an employee of Wal-Mart. They aren’t the ones who pay me every week, so I am not going to help their stockers stock the shelves. Most likely you won’t be stocking the shelves at Wal-Mart either.
You don’t work for that which you aren’t apart.
Apply it to the Kingdom
The same principle applies to the kingdom. Those who are apart of the kingdom work to further the kingdom. Those who are not apart of the kingdom, don’t spend the time working to further it.
Not A Works Based Salvation
When I say you don’t work for that which you aren’t apart, I am not advocating a works based salvation. I am just stating the obvious. The ones who work for the kingdom are the ones who are apart of the kingdom.
Are You Really Apart of the Kingdom?
So then if you say that you are a Christian, if you say you are apart of the kingdom, yet you don’t employ your God-given gifts to further the kingdom, then are you really apart of the kingdom? If you never use your gifts to further the kingdom, has your status really changed? Can you really call yourself a child of God?
Question for Reflection
- Do you work for the kingdom?
Posted adapted from my sermon Disciple, Get in the Game!