The exercise of every king’s authority is limited by the boundaries of his jurisdiction. As a priestly king you can only exercise your regal authority within certain boundaries that are prescribed by your life assignment and purpose.
Paul speaks to this in 2 Cor 10:13-15. “But we will not boast of things without our measure, but according to the measure of the rule which God has distributed to us, a measure to reach even to you. For we stretch not ourselves beyond our measure, as though we reached not to you: for we are come as far as to you also in preaching the gospel of Christ: Not boasting of things without our measure, that is, of other men’s labours…”
There are boundary lines that govern the scope of operation of every ministry gift. Paul speaks here of a definite region within which he had the right to operate legitimately. It is his jurisdiction. Can I propose that there are jurisdictional borders that govern your assignment? There are boundaries or limits that God assigns to your domain of influence and field of assignment. I am fully persuaded that God not only calls people to the ministry, but also specifies boundary lines that define their callings. I have seen ministers or business people leave places where they were thriving and then go elsewhere and bomb out. God expects us to stay within the boundaries of our assignments and get the job done!
The measuring line that defines the jurisdiction of a priestly king’s activity is the commission God has given. The boundaries of your jurisdiction are determined by what God has called you to do. Your authority never goes beyond the boundaries of your God-given commission. Our sphere of influence is determined by the limits God has assigned to us. It is vitally important for priestly kings to know that they have a jurisdiction and to know what their jurisdiction is.
In the next few daily posts, we will consider a question a day that may help you zoom into an understanding of the boundaries of your calling and purpose.
Once you discover your domain of influence and your place on it, you begin the adventure for which you were created. You were created and redeemed for a Kingdom assignment. The capacity to execute your dominion mandate is directly related to your geographical location on the domain of influence. How strategically positioned are you to influence the worldview of that domain? We should not be comfortable with positions that do not maximize the leverage of influence. Your location may be as a high level bureaucrat influencing policy, a professional or business executive or a servant who has the ear of the king. It’s not the rank that matters but the ability to leverage influence even if it’s simply by proximity to the power brokers in the domain of influence. Imagine the Jewish maid to Naaman, who spoke up leading the that General experiencing the working of Jehovah Rapha (the Healer)
God chooses, gifts and anoints people for specific domains of influence. Find your place! Your kingly authority is linked to your place of assignment. To miss your purpose is to miss your assignment. To miss your place of assignment on the domain of influence is to miss your source of sustenance. Former President Joachim Chissano of Mozambique is famed as having stated, “The goat eats where it is tethered!” This was in response to a question on low civil servants salaries. It spawned corruption as it was viewed as a tacit endorsement of corruption by civil servants. However despite its unethical application, it is a Kingdom principle! You do not muzzle the ox that ploughs the field.
See I Cor 9:6-14 (ESV). No soldier works at his own expense! Similarly those who disciple the kingdoms of this world get their living and sustenance from the mountains in which they serve. God foots the salary of His employees. If God employs you for a Kingdom assignment, He ensures that inherent in the assignment is both the provision for the assignment and your sustenance. I can put it this way: your domain of influence can be monetized! Julian Young in The Marketplace Paradigm observed that in the Kingdom of God your Kingdom assignment is intricately linked to your source of financial provision thereby connecting your divine call to your provision. In other words our kingdom provision is tied to our Kingdom mandate.
One of the key purposes of the Church is to equip and train priestly kings to take their assigned mountains for God. If we are to win the battle for the expansion of the Kingdom, then the Church has to become a boot camp. Dr R. Kenneth Strachan correctly observed that, “The successful expansion of any movement is in direct proportion to its success in mobilizing and occupying its total membership in constant propagation of its beliefs.” The Church must of necessity and as a matter of urgency mobilize, equip and deploy its membership for the battle of discipling nations and enforcing God’s will on earth.
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As I close this journey of gratitude and thanksgiving that has allowed me to look back with introspection at my life and stop long enough to reflect and be thankful, I am awed at the most precious gift that God has given me – the gift of life. So today I want to thank God for life. Jesus said that He came that I may have life and have it more abundantly. I thank God for abundant life. Life that is abundant in that it is full of purpose and meaning. I thank God for my life purpose. Thank you Lord for weaving your purpose and plan into my life. I exist to hasten travelers along the way.
I thank you Lord for physical life. I am alive and healthy. I walk in divine health. I am so thankful for physical strength to. Be able to fulfil my purpose by releasing my gifting. My life has been preserved by the working of God.
Today I thank God for a solid and purposeful soul life. I am strong in my emotions, in my mind and in my will. I thank God for the ability to think and exercise my intellect for His glory and for the advancement of the cause of the Kingdom. I thank God for the ability to make sound decisions that result in businesses and achievements that better other people. I thank you Lord that in my soul my emotions are solid, healthy and healed. I am thankful that I do not carry unnecessary emotional baggage that would hinder my life assignment. Thank you Lord for life.
I am grateful for a progressively expanding and growing spiritual life. Lord I thank you that the more that I serve you the stronger your love grows. The more that I love you the more love you bestow. The longer that I serve you the sweeter it grows. Through every struggle and every spiritual exertion and every defeat of sin, you are maturing my spiritual life. I thank you Lord for life.
I thank you Lord for success, survival, victory, prosperity, preservation, sustenance and deliverance that I have experienced in my life journey. May my life continue to be a testimony of your goodness. While I thank you for life may that life Lord reflect your glory! You clearly state in your word that everything that was created was created for your pleasure. May this life bring you pleasure Lord!
My Father I thank you for the life experiences that I have gone through and by your grace conquered. As I look back at my life I can only join Paul the Apostle in affirming, I am what I am only by the grace of God.
In closing I would like to thank my brother GP for nominating me for this gratitude or thanksgiving challenge. I am required by the rules of the Thanksgiving Challenge to nominate other people to embark on this challenge where they express gratitude on Facebook once a Day for at least one thing for a continuos ten day period. I therefore nominate everyone who has followed my own journey in the last 10 days and had not started this Thanksgiving challenge. If you accept this challenge please say I do below and start. Please note that the length and extent of your gratitude is entirely dependent on you. It maybe a one sentence, one paragraph or one page. Feel free to be yourself. Stay blessed