Boondock Ramblings

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As Christians when we hear the term “influencing God’s Kingdom” we often think of pastors, missionaries, preachers, or anyone with a large social media following, selling out stadiums or packing in the church buildings.

Here is the thing though we aren’t all preachers in a global church or even a small one and we’re never going to be.

We won’t all be “influencers” beyond anywhere but our own house. And that’s okay.

Our ministry may only be to our own family, our own children. And that’s okay.

Building faith in our own children is the ultimate way to “influence” the world for Christ.

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What so many of us don’t seem to understand is that God’s kingdom is not “out there somewhere.”

It is here, in our own house.

It is here, in our own backyard.

It is here in our own town.

It is here in our own family.

It is here in our own marriage.

It is here in our own children.

It is here in our own hearts.

God’s Kingdom is not a place, it is a purpose.

God’s Kingdom is not a place, it is a relationship.

God’s Kingdom is a love for those we feel we can not love.

God’s Kingdom is what we do with what he told us to do “Go into all the world and share the gospel.”

Sometimes the world is “the world”.

Sometimes that world is on our doorstep.

Sometimes that world is within the walls of the house we live in.

God’s Kingdom is something to be accepted, not achieved by our own works.

So if we are going to “influence” God’s Kingdom we can do it on any level – personal or global.

Come set Your rule and reign
In our hearts again
Increase in us we pray
Unveil why we’re made
Come set our hearts ablaze with hope
Like wildfire in our very souls
Holy Spirit come invade us now
We are Your Church
And we need Your power
In us

-Build Your Kingdom Here, Rend Collective

12 thoughts on “Faithfully Thinking: God’s kingdom is in your own backyard

  1. So true, where we go, the people we are next to, the ones we love, the hard times and the good times…God is always by our sides helping us all the way.

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  2. rosesatdawn says:

    Stop writing my posts 😛 But seriously, spot on Lisa! God Bless!

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    1. hahaaha! God bless you too.

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  3. Amen!! We all are missionaries right in our own field. Some are called to go afar, some are called to share (and model) Jesus right where we are.

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  4. Bettie G says:

    Amen! I love this Lisa. Sometimes the church places so many restrictions on what “ministry” should be. But you are so right that Jesus has said the Kingdom of God is within you. That is where ministry comes from and where it happens.Thank you so much for sharing this.

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    1. Well, when I started writing it I had this feeling my theology might be off. Now I realize I need to study what the Kingdom of God is even more!

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  5. Gia says:

    Amen! 🙏 Thank you for the wonderful reminder. 😊💗

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  6. I love everything about this. Wherever you are is your ministry.

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    1. I should have just said that 😉

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