day 1 - WHO WHAT how
Psalm 103:11-19 (KJV)
11 For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.
12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
13 Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him.
14 For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.
15 As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.
16 For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.
17 But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children;
18 To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.
19 The Lord hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all.
As we embark upon the path of understanding what the Kingdom of God is, we must first understand who the Kingdom of God is. In our reading, the psalmist states first that we are His children and that He remembers our origin (that we are dust) What a hope and what confidence that lends to us as His children simply trying to build His Kingdom! Firstly: We are His; nothing and no one can change that or take it away. But then David takes it a step further by stating the fact that He remembers that we are simply dust equipped by His Deity and power alone! God knows you will fall and make mistakes but as a Kingdom-builder He will give you the power and grace to overcome and make a difference wherever He has placed you! (verse 17)
Remember: God will always test you before He trusts you.
David sums up this beautiful passage by simply stating that God’s Kingdom rules over ALL! Whatever you are facing on an earthly plain today, no matter how great the trial, remember you are a part of a Kingdom formed by God himself and when the earthly crumbles before you His Heavenly strength WILL carry you! This is you and the benefits of being a Kingdom builder.
1 Corinthians 12: 18-24 (NLT)
18 But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it.
19 How strange a body would be if it had only one part!
20 Yes, there are many parts, but only one body.
21 The eye can never say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you.”
22 In fact, some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary.
23 And the parts we regard as less honorable are those we clothe with the greatest care. So we carefully protect those parts that should not be seen,
24 while the more honorable parts do not require this special care. So God has put the body together such that extra honor and care are given to those parts that have less dignity.
School, work, family, life situations…the list goes on, can make us feel as though we are an island. Many struggle with loneliness or feeling like a misfit for the separated life they have chosen. This is not abnormal and you are not crazy. Jesus Himself was a misfit; a King born in a stable because we couldn’t make room for Him. Yet what we learn from Jesus is that He did not allow his circumstance to define His mission or hinder His final outcome. These kind or results come from first knowing Whose Kingdom you belong to (as we have already discussed) and also from understanding the value of what we like to call the “Hands and Feet Concept”. How miserable an existence would one experience if we were all alike? You were made unique and beautiful by your Creator with intent and purpose placed within every fiber of your being. So we must realize the value of God’s kingdom made up of God’s people. God’s people should share common traits like those of: Christianity, holiness, honesty, personal integrity…but the fact is God’s Kingdom is quite diverse in areas of skill set, personality, social tendencies, preferences of careers, personal expression and on we could go… the truth is simple though: As Kingdom-builders we must learn that each one of us is important and plays an integral role in Building God’s Kingdom! As we read in verse 24 of our reading: So God has put the body together…learn to love the quirky differences and appreciate the skill set of someone else who could be a help to YOU….after all, this is God’s Kingdom and the least we can do is work TOGETHER. Hands and Feet, all doing His will, this is how we build, this is the way in which we will grow.
- What diversities within your own friend circle or family could benefit God’s Kingdom?
- How are you currently helping to build God’s Kingdom?
- Did you know the word “together” is mentioned over 460 times in the Bible as a whole? (God deems unity within His Kingdom that important!)