Employment versus Deployment - "KINGDOM DEPLOYMENT"
The activity and/or occupation that we perform in order to receive revenue for our livelihood.
- The condition or position of having paid work.
To bring forces or materials or people into action.
To organize and to send out people or things to be used for a particular purpose.
The methodical procedure of introducing an activity, a process, a program or a system to all applicable areas of an operation.
Through our Friends at Global Media Outreach we have become acquainted with a Group that is having a meeting known as the Issachar Summit.
Their mission and their passion are insuring that everyone on the planet knows the Good News of the Gospel or the Message of the Kingdom, or fulfilling the Great Commission as it is often called.
They provide some very interesting statistics.
There are two point three billion people on the earth who call themselves followers of Jesus
There are five million Churches
There are forty-three thousand Denominations
There are twelve million Christian workers
99.7 percent of ministry and financial support goes to building and to maintaining the existing Church.
.3 percent goes to extending the reach of the Church.
We have shared before that less than 3 percent of the 2.3 billion who call themselves followers of Jesus will ever be involved in a pulpit ministry. Of the 3 percent, there is less than 1 percent participating at any given time.
The charge to spread the Good News of the Message of the Kingdom is not given only or even exclusively to the credentialed or to those who are engaged in a pulpit ministry, but to everyone, all who are followers of Jesus . The prevailing thought is, “I do not have time for that. That is not my job. I work for a living. That is what we pay the Pastor and his staff to do.”
Let’s review the Great Charge by Jesus to His followers –
Matthew 28:16-20Amplified Bible (AMP)
16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed and made appointment with them.
17 And when they saw Him, they fell down and worshiped Him; but some doubted.
18 Jesus approached and, [a]breaking the silence, said to them, All authority (all power of rule) in heaven and on earth has been given to Me.
19 Go then and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them [b]into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
20 Teaching them to observe everything that I have commanded you, and behold, I am with you [c]all the days ([d]perpetually, uniformly, and on every occasion), to the [very] close and consummation of the age. [e]Amen (so let it be).
- Matthew 28:18 Marvin Vincent, Word Studies.
- Matthew 28:19 Marvin Vincent, Word Studies.
- Matthew 28:20 John Wycliffe, The Wycliffe Bible.
- Matthew 28:20 Webster’s New International Dictionary offers this phrase as a definition of “always.”
- Matthew 28:20 Some manuscripts do not contain this ending.
Amplified Bible (AMP)
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Additional Statistics –
- There are four thousand languages that do not have scripture
There are three thousand people groups with no missionary
There are one million villages without a Church or Gathering place
There are three and one half million Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus and Secularists without Christ.
Have we asked the wrong questions? Are we pursuing incorrect goals?
The Creator who said that every day of our life was written in His book before our first day began, the One who said His plans for us are for good, for hope and that His desire for us is a future of prosperity and good health, the One who said no matter where we go He is there (the desert, the mountains, the shore, even to hell) and that He is watching over us to keep us and to protect us. The One who also has declared that every day His thoughts about us outnumber the grains of sand.
We are the result and product of His createddesign for His eternal purpose.
He has put eternity in our spirits and in our minds to guide us to our eternal purpose for His glory and to satisfy our desires to be in a very close relationship of fellowship with Him (to bless us).
Do we know this? Have we been taught this?
We spend the better part of the first twenty years of our lives pursing an education for the purpose of our employment. We seem convinced that employment will provide success, peace and contentment.
Seventy-five percent of those receiving a college degree do not work in the field of their study. Half of that number works in a field that does not require a degree.
There appears to be a disconnect. Are we pursing education for the wrong reason? Should we be educating ourselves and our children for our Deployment and not our Employment?
It is said, “If you do not know what you are looking for, chances are you will not know it when you find it.” What are we looking for?
Humanity is desperately searching for purpose, for meaning and for hope. In 2012 there were more than eight hundred thousand self- inflicted deaths in our world. That is an unbelievable number.
The largest reason given for these deaths is that they had no hope, they saw no way out. I am haunted by the book of Kingdoms where the King Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes that
“He also has planted eternity in men’s hearts and minds [ a divinely implanted sense of a purpose working through the ages which nothing under the sun but God alone can satisfy]”.
We are told to make the Kingdom our priority, our passion, our relentless pursuit. We are told that the Kingdom is eternal and the Kingdom is everlasting.
We must make eternity our vantage point and our only consideration. Every situation, each circumstance and all situations must be viewed and considered from the viewpoint and from our understanding of eternity.
If it is not about eternity, it is not about Kingdom.
Our Creator planted eternity in our spirits and in our minds for the purpose of understanding our eternal purpose and for our living successful lives.
Pursuing anything outside of that perspective will not satisfy our spirits or our minds. We will be frustrated and defeated. People who take their own lives have lost the battle with their minds. They see no way out. They have no hope. Is it clear now that they are not viewing their situations, their circumstances and their relationships through the eyes of eternity? The temporary always involves time. Oh God, our Creator, our Father, our Friend and our Lord, help us to share eternity with humanity. Those who are desperate. Those who are without hope. Those who need to know about your goodness and your grace. Father, allow us to live for our Deployment. Allow us to share with others your call for engagement/Deployment in understanding and sharing the Good News of the Message of your Kingdom, the System for success on the Earth.
There is hope in You.