Our Realm- The Spiritual Chain of Command
Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?
When talking about Kingdom Men operating in the real world, one topic we want to tackle is: “When is it NOT appropriate for us to step in and lead?” “Is that a thing?” “Aren’t we called to speak the Word and set an example for everyone?”
Honestly, I had the same questions when studying to write this. It’s not really a topic covered much. But the reality is, there are some areas where we can overstep our boundaries, as kings, into someone else’s. So think about it this way…if God intentionally, specifically, and masterfully uses us as Kingdom Men to lead those in our realm, doesn’t it make sense that the Kingdom Man next to you has something that God is leading him on? God is the only one that can handle everything. We can only manage a very small piece, with His help.
God puts us in situations, where through Him, we can succeed, using our spiritual gifts. There’s a popular yet false cliche saying, “God won’t give you anything you can’t handle”. But that’s a fallacy. If He gave us only what we can handle, why would we need Him? He gives us missions for which we absolutely must lean on Him and those He puts in our lives to succeed.
To tie all this together my point is this: If He has us tasked, with more than we can handle, needing Him to complete our mission, then the only way we have an open-ended availability to cover any opportunity to correct or lead just anyone, is if you aren’t fulfilling the mission tailor made for you.
There was a guy I knew in college, part of campus outreach. You probably know someone like this. His method of communicating Christian principles and guidance was to shove it in your face, no matter what the conversation or if he was even part of it to begin with. No doubt God was using him to speak into people or seize opportunities to lead people spiritually, but he spent most of his time turning people away without knowing it. He was trying so hard to lead everyone, that he likely missed the opportunity to really fill a larger gap where he was needed.
There’s a spiritual chain of command, and God has you in His ranks. Your spiritual gifts are unique to you, and God will use them very specifically and intentionally. The Kingdom Man next to you has a different set of skills. If your gut tells you it’s not your area, best believe He’s got your brother in arms standing by to step in. Pay attention and you will see how God intends for you to use your gifts. It takes all of us to expand His kingdom. Thank God we do not have to bear all the skills necessary to serve Him completely.
Daily Battle Plan:
You are a specially trained king. Your special skills set your realm and whom you’re meant to lead. God didn’t give you some generic, one size fits all, gift. He knows who needs you and has set you up to succeed in Him.