Mark 11:24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
There’s an epidemic in the Kingdom. There is a mountain of blessings, favor, grace, and opportunities left in the spiritual realm that are supposed to be called into existence for our use to glorify God, bless the body, free the captives, and be a part of our testimony. These testimonies are to be used to represent the goodness and power of living a Kingdom life. Instead we show a life of pain, struggles, challenges, and missed opportunities.
This leads to a total misrepresentation of Kingdom living. You see, no matter what the bible says, what pastors preach, people measure Kingdom living based on our lives. I am not saying the Kingdom life is prosperity and smooth sailing. We still have to deal with adversity, tough days, falling down, missing opportunities, etc. How we are supposed to deal with our good and bad is what sets us apart. Paul said in Philippians 4:12 “I know both how to have a little, and I know how to have a lot. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being content—whether well fed or hungry, whether in abundance or in need.”
See, people learn mostly by watching. Babies watch their parents and learn how walk, to talk, what behavior is right or wrong. The same holds true for us in the Kingdom. People watch us as believers and learn what they think is everything they need to know about Kingdom living. In reality we are poor marketers.
Marketing is all about presenting your position, product, or services in a way which is truthful and appealing.
Paul said it like this in II Corinthians 5:20 “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.” The definition of an ambassador is “an accredited diplomat sent by a country as its official representative to a foreign country.” That means we represent the Kingdom of God to those who are not citizens. Can you imagine the Ambassador for the U.S. to England going in and saying or doing whatever they want? They would be called back home immediately! But our God gives us grace to continue to represent, or misrepresent, Him. It’s all about showing Him in our faults, failures, and weaknesses as well as our overcoming and victories.
The Good News
The good news is we can become better representatives of His Kingdom in an instant. All we have to do is allow our Father to change our thinking. Romans 12:2 tells us “Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.” This means we can lean on our Father and He will give us a new way to look at this life, a way that pleases Him! Once we are living lives that please Him, we are better representatives! Then when we tell the Good News we can feel good about being ambassadors that show the world His impact in our lives. This is so simple, right?
Then why are so many of us struggling with this one thing?
About James R. Cooper
James R. Cooper is a Business Strategist, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Maxser Consulting Group, LLC, Pastor of Restoration International Christian Ministries and author of From Crackers to Caviar: A Guide to Personal Development. James is on the board of several non-profit organizations and is also a Goodwill Ambassador for UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. For more information about James, book him to speak at your next event, seminar, or workshop, go to www.fromcrackers2caviar.com or www.maxsergroup.com.