Developing a Kingdom-View Part 1

by Ron King

 

But seek first the kingdom of God...” Matthew 6:33 NKV

 

Jesus clearly established the kingdom of God as the believer’s first priority and pursuit. However, as we look at the life of most Christians today we would have to admit that this is not their first pursuit. Why is this? What is it that affects our thinking and actions? It is our view on life. Everyone has a view on life whether we realize it or not, we all have certain presuppositions and biases that affect the way we view all of life and reality. This is what we call a worldview. A worldview is like a set of lenses which color our vision or alter the way we perceive the world around us. Our worldview is formed by our education, our upbringing, the culture we live in, the books we read, the media and movies we absorb, etc. For many people their worldview is simply something they have absorbed by osmosis from their surrounding cultural influences. They have never gone through a thought process about what they believe and wouldn't be able to give a rational defense of their beliefs to others. It’s just there.

 

As Christians, we are taught to have a “biblical worldview.” There is a strong emphasis on building a biblical worldview in the saints. While a biblical worldview may be good it is not enough. It does not take the Christian back to God’s original design for mankind. It will help establish some biblical values but not the fullness of kingdom. I believe there is a more excellent way and a necessary way if we are going to see the fruition of the prayer Jesus told us to pray.

 

Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Matt 6:10 NIV

 

I believe that as Christians we must have a “kingdom-view.” Many apologists, theologians, and Christians would say that a biblical worldview and a kingdom-view are one and the same but I would disagree. I would agree that the tenants of a biblical worldview are found within a kingdom-view, but a kingdom-view will produce kingdom results. It demands allegiance to the King. It carries a dominion mandate to establish His kingdom on earth. It fully restores the Genesis 1:26-28 destiny of Father’s children. It restores the sanctified entrepreneuring and sanctified genius of His creation which is the result of His Spirit working in and through us. It brings His image back to life in us. It calls us to be creators (small ‘c’) in the image of our Creator. It rewires His house with greater power. We replace the 110 voltage with 220 volts (i.e. Galatians 2:20).

 

I have been crucified with Christ [in Him I have shared His crucifixion]; it is no longer I who live, but Christ (the Messiah) lives in me; and the life I now live in the body I live by faith in (by adherence to and reliance on and complete trust in) the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself up for me. Gal 2:20 AMP

 

We cannot boast for we know it is Christ in us the hope of glory.1 Our boasting is only in the cross of Christ.2 It is this kingdom-view that will produce an overcoming cadre of saints who are willing to blaze a trail for others to follow. These are those who have matured in hearing the Master’s voice. These kingdom saints model their Master and do

 

1 Colossians 1:27

2 Galatians 6:14  

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