Jesus came to redeem our original purpose to rule and reign with God. We were created to be hope carriers, our purpose is to be a movement of hope! The Kingdom of God is a movement of hope and if you’re confused about what the Kingdom of God is, it’s simply the rule and reign of God.
Genesis 1:28 describes our God-given purpose: God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
“Be fruitful” – bring things to their fullest potential
“multiply” – reproduce the life of God within you into the world around you
“fill the earth” – saturate our areas of life with the knowledge of the glory of God
“subdue it” – bring order to the chaos, bring alignment to the things that have drifted
“using all its vast resources in the service of God and man” – use your talent, your gifting, your finances to carry the hope of Jesus to others
That was God’s design for us, But Adam’s sin wrecked our identity, separated us from our relationship with God, and destroyed our purpose. Instead of being fruitful, we became barren. Instead of multiplying life, we started dividing. Instead of filling the earth with the goodness of God, we began to fill the earth with hopelessness. Instead of subduing darkness, darkness began subduing us.
And instead of using our resources to accomplish God’s purposes in the lives of others we started using God and others to go out and get a bunch of resources for ourselves.
But Jesus came to redeem our original purpose to rule and reign with God. We were created to be hope carriers – our purpose is to be a movement of hope! The kingdom of God is a movement of hope and if you’re confused about what the kingdom of God is, it’s simply the rule and reign of God.
It simply means where things are submitted and surrendered to the Lordship of Jesus. The kingdom within us is supposed to become the kingdom around us! The hope that flows within us is intended to flow outside of us. We are hope carriers…and we have the keys to the kingdom to unlock hope everywhere we go.
“I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”
– Matthew 16:19
Jesus says He gives the keys of the kingdom to His church – we are the church. We have the keys to the kingdom. Not only do we have access to the presence of God, He has given us keys to unlock the realities of heaven into our earthly circumstances.
“Loose on earth and bind on earth” is often simply bringing the opposite spirit – bringing the fruit of the Spirit – into our day- to-day realities. But we have to choose to use the keys He’s given us.
Think about keys – some of us have keys, right? Keys hold the potential to unlock things. They can unlock our car, our home …keys represent access and authority. But we have to choose to use the keys to do those things. We have to release the potential contained within the keys we have by actually using them. The same is true for the keys of the kingdom. They are always there. We always have them – but are we using them?
Jesus has given us the keys to release His kingdom – to bring hope – into our areas of life. He’s inviting us to be hope carriers! Our life is not meant to be about sin management. If that’s our goal, we’re in danger of falling way short of living the abundant life that Jesus came to give us.
Jesus’ prayer was “on earth as it is in heaven.” For all of us to release the kingdom of God here on earth as it exists in heaven