The path to a better world starts with one kingdom man. I know what you’re thinking: The world is a big place. That’s true. But consider the potential influence of a single kingdom man. A kingdom man has the power to change his home, which changes his family. That family can initiate change in a church, which in turn can influence an entire community. That community can influence a state, which can then begin to impact the nation. All of this transformation can begin with one man who has fully aligned himself under the comprehensive rule of Jesus Christ.
Highlight the biggest obstacles to submitting your life to Christ’s rule.
Lack of education
Now think about the way God would respond to the obstacles you identified. Record one sentence that expresses what you think He might say.
Maybe you think your wife would never follow your leadership. Or your children would never respect your authority. Or you don’t have enough influence in your community to make a real difference. I imagine the Israelites might also have had some objections when they heard what God had commanded them to do.
Read Exodus 34:23-24.”
“Three times a year all your males are to appear before the LORD God, the God of Israel. For I will drive out nations before you and enlarge your territory. No one will covet your land when you go up three times a year to appear before the LORD your God.
What practical objections might these men have raised when God told them that they had to leave their jobs, homes, and families three times a year?
Exodus 34 outlines the Israelites’ covenant obligations to God. The chapter is full of commands about how to operate inside the land God would give to the people, and it describes the cyclical life Israel would lead. God instituted specific times each year, corresponding with the harvest, for the people of Israel to celebrate their heritage and to remember God’s great works in their past.
When the people celebrated these festivals, they would not only remember the past but would also be encouraged about the future. These regular occurrences served as reminders of God’s past, present, and future power and faithfulness.”
“If I were a farmer who lived off the land in a time when foreign powers threatened to invade and loot, I would probably be a little hesitant to leave my family and home to go to a meeting three times a year. I could easily justify skipping those times. I have to take care of things at home. I have to protect my family. I have to make sure everything keeps running properly. In fact, I might even argue that by requiring me to leave home, God was asking me to do something contrary to what it means to be a kingdom man.
How does Exodus 34:24 answer objections like these?
“I will drive out nations before you and enlarge your territory. No one will covet your land when you go up three times a year to appear before the LORD your God.
Why would attending these meetings require faith on the part of the men of Israel?
God was saying to the men of Israel, “I got your back.” Worried about your income? Don’t worry. I got your back. Concerned about your family? I got your back. Thinking about the future? I got your back. When a man commits himself first and foremost to living under the rule of Jesus Christ, you can rest assured that God will take care of the rest.
When a man commits himself first and foremost to living under the rule of Jesus Christ, you can rest assured that God will take care of the rest.
If you’re serious about being a kingdom man, all kinds of obstacles will stand in your way. Some of them might be practical. You might have to make difficult decisions about finances, time, and career. Others might be spiritual. You might have to make tough choices about your personal habits, your goals in life, and your approach to faith.”
“Being a kingdom man is hard that way. But God’s got your back. Do you really think the Lord God is intimidated by any of these obstacles? If He can take care of invading armies, I’m pretty sure He can provide for you.
The only question is whether you’re ready to take hold of your destiny and become the man you were created to be.
Present to God your biggest obstacles to becoming a kingdom man. Submit to His rule and profess your confidence in Him to bring the rest of your world in line with His lordship. Ask Him the first step He wants you to take in becoming a kingdom man.”
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