Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”Mark 1:14-15
We live in a land of corporate giants. Apple’s market cap is almost $3 trillion. Microsoft’s cap is $2.3 trillion. Amazon is $1.15 trillion. And Exxon’s is a paltry $425 billion.
We also live in a land of BIG government. In fiscal year 2022, the United States government spent $6.27 trillion.
I picture an individual walking among these behemoths looking up unable to see the sky because the sight line is consumed with these “skyscrapers.” In this corporate giant landscape what is Jesus? What is the individual Christian compared to these titans?
Furthermore, what is the church? A big mega church budget can be $30 million a year, which in the church world is enormous but in the corporate world is a write-off.
How much does Christ, and a surrendered life, really measure up in a land of corporate giants and big government? The non-profit world in general, and the Christian world more specifically, is where people go to do “nice,” charitable things. Real life, real power, real mettle happens in the land of titanic corporations and governments.
But then Jesus says, “the kingdom of God is at hand” (Mark 1:15).
Jesus takes five words in the original Greek, seven words in my NASB English translation, and eviscerates the land of corporate giants and big governments. Whatever the combined largesse is of global corporations and governments is pennies compared to the Kingdom of the living God. These organizations pale, shrivel up, in comparison.
You must open up to the Kingdom work of Jesus to understand His mission and gain perspective in this life. Otherwise, the world has too many powerful structures that can easily drift you away from zeal in the faith. Consider what Jesus says about the Kingdom in Matthew,
The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field. It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is larger than all the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.Matthew 13:31-32
What started out the size of a mustard seed has been expanding from the time of Jesus. And nothing can stop Kingdom growth. In fact, when Jesus returns, He will bring with Him Kingdom fulfillment. Of one aspect of what will happen in the end of times, Revelation 12:10 says, “Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and authority of His Christ, for the accuser of the brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night.”
The Kingdom of God is bigger, more substantive, and more powerful than the sum of global corporate giants and governments.
We must move beyond understanding our faith as being saved by Jesus so that we can live good moral lives. Morality is important. Salvation is so much more. We must move beyond understanding our faith as being saved by Jesus so that we can be a member of a church. Church membership is important. Salvation is so much more.
The Apostle Paul writes, “For He (God our Father) rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins” (Colossians 1:13-14).
We are more than born again. We are more than church members. We are citizens in the Kingdom of the living God. We are those empowered by the Holy Spirit to engage in Kingdom work. We have been made a part of the greatest, most important movement available to man.
What follower of Jesus should shrink back?
What follower of Jesus should feel less than?
What follower of Jesus should feel like they are missing out because of the world?
You have been adopted into the family of God your Father, delivered into His Kingdom, and tasked with Kingdom purpose.
The land of corporate giants and big governments is DWARFED by our Father’s Kingdom. Pray. Jesus teaches us to pray, “Let Your Kingdom come.” As He lived Kingdom focused every day, so He teaches us to be the same. Set your morning mind on the Kingdom. “Seek first His kingdom” (Matthew 6:33) and you will be safe guarded from losing perspective because of the perceived size of corporations and governments.
Ask our Father to show you His Kingdom. Ask Him to open your eyes to the magnitude of His work on earth. Ask Him to clarify your Kingdom purpose.
And, in the energizing activity of the Holy Spirit, get to work!