So it’s been a while since I posted on this series. Building the kingdom of God has been in my spirit heavily lately. I’m constantly reminded that it’s only what you do for Christ that will last. Notice this is part 3 so if you want to catch up before you read this you can do so:
Building God’s Empire: Part 1
Building God’s Empire: Part 2
Now that your caught up, we are going to continue with the necessary characteristics, practices and principles a kingdom builder needs to do just that, build the kingdom of God.
The third principle if you will that kingdom builders do is, choose the right companions.
Kingdom Builders choose the right companions
This is two fold I think it’s imperative to be mindful of the company you keep. Like all the old sayings, birds of a feather flock together,… you have to make sure your close companions have the same goals, heart, and passion, about God and purpose. I’m not trying to use the word “friend”, because its been so loosely used in our culture today . even i have 1,000+ friends on facebook. I’m really referring to your inner circle, those 2 or 3 people family or friends who are there or the long haul . Those who are fixtures in your life, should be just as passionate about God being the foundation of their life, and demonstrating the agape love of God. As in your life, such should be evident in their life as well.
” Become wise by walking with the wise; hang out with fools and watch your life fall to pieces,” Proverbs 13:20 MSG
I believe the other area in which we are to choose right companionship as well as offer it is in mentorship. It seems as if some how we’ve gotten away from mentorship one way or another. Ironically, one of my mentors calls it” finding your Joshua!”. In reference to Joshua in the bible, who led the children of Israel into the promised land. Notice I didn’t say who took Moses’ place, because he didn’t. They had two totally different assignments. God used Moses loose bound people. God used Joshua to conquer and acquire. But I believe many shy away from mentorship because some how they feel replaced instead of reassigned. I also think there’s a little bit of ego that can creep in if you don’t stay on guard against it.
“19-21 What actually took place is this: I tried keeping rules and working my head off to please God, and it didn’t work. So I quit being a “law man” so that I could be God’s man. Christ’s life showed me how, and enabled me to do it. I identified myself completely with him. Indeed, I have been crucified with Christ. My ego is no longer central. It is no longer important that I appear righteous before you or have your good opinion, and I am no longer driven to impress God. Christ lives in me. The life you see me living is not “mine,” but it is lived by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I am not going to go back on that.
Is it not clear to you that to go back to that old rule-keeping, peer-pleasing religion would be an abandonment of everything personal and free in my relationship with God? I refuse to do that, to repudiate God’s grace. If a living relationship with God could come by rule-keeping, then Christ died unnecessarily.” Galations 2: 19-22 MSG
There are no perfect mentors, just people living life by faith in the son of God, who loved us and gave himself for us. Relationship with God is both what you demonstrate as a mentor and what you seek in a mentor.
So as a fellow laborer with God and kingdom builder choosing the right companionship in your personal inner circle and mentor is wise. It also allows you to demonstrate the love of God through mentorship. I pray this series is helping you as much as it has helped me . this is a 5 part series I have 2 more parts to share with you. I promise they won’t be so far apart.
Let’s go to work:
I encourage you to seek God about your companionship. Do they line up with your purpose? Do they exhibit a relationship with God or operate in religious ego? or just ego period? Do they serve a purpose greater than themselves?
Oops, I’m getting into Part 4. Stay tuned for Part 4 of Building God’s Empire.