Jesus only has one Kingdom. Is Christ divided? Is Christ denominated? Are His thoughts or ways double-minded or split in their meaning? Of course not. While so many seek to establish their own kingdoms (little "k"), I still believe that Jesus wants us building His Kingdom (Big "K"). From my observations, those who concern themselves with Big K ministry are the most fruitful.
Big K Christians build what Jesus intended to build.
Jesus said, "I will build my church." He's building, and we're on the labor force. He owns the vineyard, and we've been hired to tend it. He bought humanity with His blood and we proclaim it. All authority has been given to Him and we share in it by being called. When we leave the mindset of building churches and move into the mindset of building the Kingdom of God, Jesus blesses it! Big K Christians are looking to build the Kingdom every day, in every location, with any person, at every opportunity, led by the Holy Spirit, and always watchful.
Big K Christians create unity in the Body of Christ.
Everything in Christ is whole and unified. Nothing is divided. The Holy Trinity is united, all of creation works in harmony, and so should it be with the Body of Christ. Big K Christians seek unity and wholeness in the body of Christ. They don't draw boundaries or issue sanctions based on human boundaries or definitions. A Kingdom of all nations unifies the human race across all lines... slave or free, Jew or Gentile, male or female. If we're building what Jesus wants us to build, then unity is implied.
Big K Christians don't care who get's the credit.
Big K Christians don't parade their accomplishments. If they build the Kingdom and the people who come into the Kingdom don't attend their local church, they experience no anxiety over that... only joy. People who seek credit are self-seeking. People who seek the Kingdom are ... well, Kingdom seeking and nothing else matters. As a pastor, I'm not after anyone else's church members and I can't stress is someone from my church moves or leaves or changes location. Jesus is in control and I will also work tirelessly to see to it that other ministry efforts flourish. Why? Big K.
Big K Christians understand God's economy of things.
Since Christ has one Kingdom, He also has one pool of resources from which to operate. If He directs our church to give something away, then we somehow receive. You simply can't outgive God! This is not the prosperity gospel that promises checks in your mailbox if you plant a financial seed, but rather God's economy ... that if you give away for the sake of the Kingdom, then you will receive as you seek to build the Kingdom. Your excess isn't yours to keep and your need isn't your issue. Trust enough to lavish your resources on the Kingdom and trust enough for God to meet your needs. Big K Christians don't fret over who's got the money and they don't store up endowments to ensure that what they have built will continue. God is not the Great "I will be," He is the Great "I Am." He is omnipresent.
Big K Christians "Get it."
Because of all this, big K Christians just simply "get it." They see the world as Jesus wants it to be seen. They see harvest everywhere. They see Kingdom opportunity everywhere. They rejoice when every true Kingdom fellowship flourishes and hurt when they hurt. They understand that they have freely received, so they freely give.
Are you a Big K Christian?
Brett Heintzman is passionate about the spiritual formation of God's people. These writings are designed to draw us close to God and to help us live out of the riches of His presence. It's all about being in the world but not of the world.