I posted an article a little over two years ago entitled “Cultural Revolution” as it pertains to the Kingdom of God. Little did I know it was the beginning of walking this out in my own life.
It was August of 2013, my company just signed a new five year contract. Things seemed settled for me until retirement although I did not consider the job very rewarding. I was making a good salary and I just needed a little patience to get through another five years. To my surprise, within just a few weeks, I received a phone call. I was being laid off. My peers and several managers expected me to return in another position. No sooner did a window of opportunity for another position open, it suddenly closed. Thinking things would eventually work out, I took the opportunity of being off work and traveled the next five months to gatherings in different states. This was so rewarding to me as I received confirmation and instruction of the things I would soon be stepping into. Even though things were going great, I still needed an income before retirement.
Coming back home, seeking His will, I became frustrated as I was having no success finding another job in my field of expertise. One morning I was reminded of a request I made in prayer several years earlier. I asked to leave my workplace when I was fifty-five years old and go into business. Both these things happened but neither in the way I expected. Here I was, about a month away from fifty-five when I was laid off and by January of 2014 contemplating going into business. I purchased a property management franchise and was led to locate the business in Virginia. It has been one of the greatest challenges I have ever faced and one of the greatest blessings I have ever experienced. It is more than just a business. It is working toward the things of the Kingdom.
For several years I heard many talking about the Kingdom and witnessed little change in the lives of those who said they believed in this Kingdom message. It seemed most of the meetings were more about the hurt and woundedness many experienced from failed relationships; and listening to brothers and sisters tell about their disappointment with the church and everything wrong with it. I realized it was important for the healing of these matters before we could ever get to speaking about the Kingdom. So I attended many gatherings for several years and always felt there was much more. In the meantime, another two years passed and I gained a greater clarity of this cultural revolution.
After hearing these words “cultural revolution” almost daily, I continued to ask for the understanding. I began asking for the definition. The word cultural, describes the habits, beliefs, and traditions of a particular group of people. Revolution has several definitions but in this context we are defining it as a sudden, radical, or complete change. The understanding I received of the phrase, “cultural revolution” is:
A willingness to make a sudden, radical, and complete change in your habits, beliefs and traditions.
In looking back I finally saw He led me into this kind of life. For many years I walked in a culture that prevented me from knowing Jesus in ways I never imagined. There comes a time in everyone’s life to step beyond the traditions, habits and beliefs we trust and step out to discover all of Jesus. I can offer no formula that will bring you into this discovery. I do know we find more of Jesus when we give up seeking our own desires. Transitioning from a culture of religion into a culture of the Kingdom will challenge your identity. Rather than justify what you do, how you believe and why you have the right to make these choices, you find yourself giving up anything and everything to know Jesus. This freed me from judging my past to learning from my error. Now I embrace all my life and am very thankful for it. I do not consider my past experiences, the churches I attended, the people I met and the doctrines I learned were a failure. These are my life experiences that make me who I am today. I realized my successes and failures were not the most important thing. It was my willingness to do my best for Him. For years I had confessed Jesus Christ and believed in Him. Even though I desired to walk in obedience, I always fought within myself, never really giving all of me to Him. I was always thinking of a better way or sometimes an easier way. I quit searching for a better way because I finally surrendered to the perfect way of Jesus.
How do we step into this cultural revolution? It begins with an awakening about Jesus. Sources say there are 2.4 billion Christians that believe Jesus is the Son of God and Christianity is the largest religion in the world. Looking at Christianity today, does this religion reveal Jesus Christ? It has never been religion that revealed Jesus. By His Spirit is how you know Him. Stepping into the cultural revolution of the Kingdom is not about religion. It is about the person of Jesus and the work of the Holy Spirit. There is no religion, organization or man that can lead you to Jesus. The Kingdom is not and never has been a religion. Jesus never endorsed any religion or approved of anyone establishing organizations. I am not talking about religion. I am talking about the life of Christ dwelling in us, bringing about the Kingdom of God. The Scripture clearly shows us our God will use anyone or anything to reveal Himself. As I write this I hope we realize however he reveals Himself to us it is by His Spirit we know Him.
Why do we step into this cultural revolution that discovers more of Jesus? This is our purpose. It is why we were created. All of humanity seeks to love and be loved. Discovering the Jesus that wants to walk with us will change our whole world. The Kingdom of God is the “Christ in you” we receive when the Holy Spirit comes to dwell in us. This is who we seek. To be full of His Spirit and walk out a life acceptable to Him. The only thing limiting us from walking in the Kingdom of God is us. Wherever you fellowship, whether it is in a church, a house, or any other place, you come together to follow the leading of the Lord. If it takes you to a different place of worship, a new job, or different brothers and sisters, so be it. If you leave, do it in peace and with a right heart of love. If you stay, encourage, comfort and care for one another. Just be where you are called to be. We are all growing and learning to walk in the fullness of our destiny.
Contrary to many teachings, the church is not sick and failing or in need of unity. She is whole and exactly on time. The church that Jesus is building has never stopped growing, maturing and walking into her destiny. She may have been deceived, persecuted, and suffered for centuries but this does not stop the words of Jesus. If anything, the trials have made us stronger. Jesus continues to build His church and the gates of hell will not prevail against her. She will and has overcome the world by the power of the Holy Spirit. The true church is alive, walking in His Holy Spirit. The common denominator is the gift of the Holy Spirit dwelling in His body. This has never changed and the church continues to be built. Nothing will separate us from the love of God. We are called to do His will in our lives and each of us is given a measure of faith to accomplish our task.
The matter before us lies in our ability to know Jesus as the fullness of who He is. May we all continue to hear, see and do as the Holy Spirit directs us and fall in love with Him more and more every day.