By Pr Michael Kintu
“God’s simple intent and purpose from the beginning was to extend and establish His Kingdom on this Earth… To rule the seen realm from the unseen realm through the unseen man living in the seen body on the scene” – Dr. Myles Munroe.
Reference Biblical verse: Gen 1.26-28. Genesis 1:26: “And God said, let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the Earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the Earth.”
Genesis 1:27: “So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them.”
Genesis 1:28: “And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the Earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the Earth.”
Man was created to be God’s perfect representative on Earth; to rule and govern on His behalf; to have dominion in every sphere of life as God would have it if He were physically here.
That was God’s original intent. That plan did not go well because of man’s fall. Therefore, God in His infinite wisdom, made provision for man’s redemption.
The goal of redemption was the restoration of man into God’s original intent.
“But God, who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved), and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come, He might shew the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:4-7).
We are God’s representatives
God’s rich mercy reached out to man by grace because man could not save himself. He needed a savior – one without sin and able to perfectly obey God and, therefore, bring about a complete turn-around on man’s fate as a consequence of sin.
The ultimate goal is: God could get back what He intended right from the beginning – sons who could be heirs of the Kingdom of God.
Not that we can escape Earth and head to Heaven, but that we can manage Earth on behalf of Heaven as God indeed.
“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together” (Romans 8:14-17).
Therefore, God has given us His Spirit as a mark of adoption. But better still, that His Spirit can help us return to that place of rulership and dominion, not as servants, but as sons. It is the mature sons (of God) that manage their father’s estates.
This is the mindset we ought to be having as sons of God. Managers of the Kingdom of God on Earth. This ought to be our only focus and concern. It is important that we grasp this eternal reality.
Seek first His kingdom
Matthew 6:33: “But seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
God’s perfect plan for man is the Kingdom of God. It is where His entire being ought to be, His culture, behavior and everything in between. Our prayer every day ought to be “Thy Kingdom come and thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven” (Luke 11.2).
This Kingdom Jesus stressed is God’s perfect gift for us. It is God’s remedy for fear and anxiety, and many of man’s problems from eternity past to eternity future.
This truth is so powerful and it will change your entire being.
“And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind. For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things.
“But rather seek ye the Kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you. Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom” (Luke 12:29-32).
It is important that we seek to understand the kingdom of God and how He has intended for us to live and move in it.
Man, in his own wisdom, has crafted all kinds of systems towards equity and justice for all that, just going by what is happening in our nations today, we can clearly see how we have made a mess of the smallest of everything God has placed in our care.
There is a better way, and it is in the Kingdom of God. We will be sharing about this Kingdom in the coming episodes.
The writer is the lead pastor at House of Revival Ministries, Kisaasi.