The title of this newsletter reminds us of “knock knock” jokes or Rev 3:20.
Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent. Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me. Rev 3:19-20 NIV
The Lord is knocking on our heart’s door and inviting us into the Kingdom. The context of the Laodicean church was being lukewarm – God is inviting us to something much more exciting.
God is redefining ministry and inviting everyone into it. We use to think of it in terms of church, and now a door is being opened to marketplace ministry. We have the opportunity to find a place where our vocation, passion and ministry marry in one occupation. Most people think in terms of a job being a means of financial support and, if they can find something they enjoy about it, so much the better. After several decades in the same job there is an obvious loss of vitality simply because any job outside of our heart becomes monotonous. Unmotivated or unengaged people are usually just those who haven’t found their real passion yet. If we dig a little deeper into the details, we will often find depression, hopelessness and boredom.
The real problem is that most of us don’t even know that: 1) we can have a dream, 2) that we should enjoy our work, and 3) that our dream and work can be connected to a Kingdom purpose! When we connect our gifts and talents with a heart desire born in the Kingdom, we come alive; we’re more creative, energetic, motivated, productive, prosperous and happy. The desires God puts in your heart is one of the primary ways he speaks to us.
The transition – Living for financial security in a job you don’t really enjoy is dehumanizing. We were designed by God to be connected with our hearts, making a difference in the Kingdom and our culture. When we settle for something less, our identity is that of a servant… we feel lost, worthless, and adrift without purpose. The enemy, and often other people, considers us fodder: “we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered” (Rom 8:36, Ps 44:22). The transition to King starts with the sense of knowing the Father as a son, and moves to a realization that we are also heirs to a calling and election that has importance in the Kingdom. We move from the fear of a worthless sheep headed for destruction to being more than a conqueror in a marketplace setting that has real meaning.
For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs — heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. Rom 8:15-17 NIV
The transition can also take some time. Joseph maintained his dream for a couple of decades through prison, betrayal, and service in Potiphar’s house. He was 17 when he got the dream, about 30 when he was made overseer and about 40 when His father and brothers came to Egypt. Another factor is that when one dream starts to come true, the Lord can expand us or lead into another dream and the cycle begins again. What was fulfilling at 30 will probably change by the time you’re 50.
The price tag – We are invited to be co-heirs with Christ and to share in his glory. God wants to make your name great and to prosper you in ways you have not yet imagined. It’s much better than you think!
The path to King does go through suffering. It’s not just about your imperfections or need for pruning. There is something new being birthed in the Kingdom which entails great travail and warfare – for everyone. This move is at the level of the next reformation. If you say “yes” to putting the Kingdom first, becoming an heir and living up to the desires God put in your heart, you will encounter some suffering on the way to glory. My only suggestion is to hang in there. It will be worth it in the end. Sorry – God really does test His people and there really is warfare in the Kingdom. That’s just a reality. James 1 isn’t just about heaven; it’s about life, here and now.
Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. James 1:12 NIV
If you falter in times of trouble, how small is your strength! Prov 24:10 NIV
Note: Having some friends who can see and share your dream is a huge encouragement to get through the trials and delays and to keep the dream alive and well in your heart. There is a networking aspect in this move… an anointing to help us find those whose hearts are in a similar vein.
The Benefit – The promise of being a King is that dreams really do come true. We really are designed to live out of the desires of our heart. There really is a “promised land” where your dream, ministry and prosperity come together in a vocation that creates value and wealth. It’s a great place to live. It’s fun, it’s life, vitality, creativity and prosperity, and it’s blessing cities and nations. You’re invited… to open the door and invite Him in, and to have the conversation about the desires of your heart and your role in the Kingdom. It’s real.
Knock Knock. Who’s there? Jesus… Jesus who? Jesus who gives life to the dead and calls things that are not as though they were. Rom 4:17 NIV
PS: Desire to Destiny is now available on Harold’s website.