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Initiative to dream is one of the key ingredients in the Kingdom. There is nothing more rewarding than to be invited to do what the Father is doing and to hear Him say “well done, son.” Seeing the miraculous occur and watching lives change before our eyes is an amazing experience that changes us forever.
The pulpit model of church discipleship creates passive disciples who are prone to wait and develop a sense of being “left behind” by God. The reality is that they often are. People who won’t dream and won’t try, make good pew-sitters and very poor world-changers. A whole generation is no longer content to “sit” and will no longer accept being “left behind.” It’s actually very healthy. They are hungry for Kingdom, weary of sermons and sitting. We learn by doing Kingdom stuff ourselves and we are changed by experiences more than messages.
The second category of people who feel left behind are those who do dream and show initiative but have experienced a failure that cost them time and involvement in the Kingdom. Finances are a common discriminator. It costs money to do anything, including participate in the Kingdom. If we are broke, most of our flexibility to pursue a dream evaporates.
The degree of difficulty – We have a discipleship history where we’ve tasted the Kingdom on the coat tails of another, but don’t know how to enter on our own initiative. We can mistakenly assume it’s easy when it’s really not. It takes faith to enter the Kingdom. That means we have to hear from God ourselves and be in possession of a dream in our own hearts that is also in God’s heart. It also means that it’s not possible in our own strength. Our faith is a Kingdom ingredient that pleases our Father. It means we trust Him and we have confidence that He will help us make our dream come true. That confidence that our heavenly Father will not leave us behind stays alive through daily hearing his voice in prayer. It’s not an artifact of our resolve or determination; it’s a product of keeping our faith alive by every word that proceeds from the throne. The price tag is consistently seeking God in prayer. His words water our dreams.
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. Heb 11:6 NIV
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” Matt 4:4 NIV
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. Matt 7:13-14 NIV
Hunger for God – Kings have a good balance between their devotional life and their work life. The fruit of their inner life of faith and prayer is shown in their works. This balance between working on a dream and hearing from the Father is one of the great keys to maintaining our spiritual life and vitality. Super spiritual people whose only focus is on prayer, worship, and maintaining their connection with God are often disconnected from work life and broke. We have also experienced the dryness of those who are solely focused on their work and drift away from a vital relationship with the Lord. Jesus was a great example of one who balanced His life with private prayer and public works. Maintaining a connection with the Father is like breathing. We receive life from His words and we give life to others in doing His works. We are fed by both.
Meanwhile his disciples urged him, “Rabbi, eat something.” 32 But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.” 33 Then his disciples said to each other, “Could someone have brought him food?” 34 “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. 35 Do you not say, ‘Four months more and then the harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. John 4:31-35 NIV
When you feel left behind – Your Father doesn’t want to leave you out. When we do feel left out of the Kingdom, rejected by others or forsaken by God, it’s good to reconnect. Dreams do come true. It happens for people who believe and take the steps to make it happen. That means hearing the voice of our Father, rekindling our Kingdom dream and convincing ourselves it can happen for us.
There is one remaining factor. Kingdom is a new concept for believers. Most of our brothers and sisters are not really connected with their Kingdom destiny, and they feel the pain of that rejection. You can do a lot by encouraging others to see their role and their importance in the Kingdom. It’s something the Father is doing, and people will love you for prophetically seeing, including and encouraging them in their mountain.
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