The Christian Public Servant – “building His kingdom”

July 12, 2017 – Wednesday

Reading
II Chronicles 9:22-23[NKJV] So King Solomon surpassed all the kings of the earth in riches and wisdom. And all the kings of the earth sought the presence of Solomon to hear his wisdom, which God had put in his heart.

Matthew 24:35 [NKJV] Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.

Matthew 6:19-21 [NKJV] Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Reflection
One of the great things I get to do, as part of my work, is to travel as an international accreditation mentor and evaluator. Recently I was in Mongolia, famous for Genghis Kahn who conquered more of the earth’s land surface than any other conqueror in history. What people do not know is that he also created a very efficient public service to run his far-flung empire. Under his rule paper currency was introduced, religious tolerance was permitted in his court, and trade flourished. Looking at the grasslands in Mongolia, I could imagine Genghis Kahn riding with his army across the plains. Little has changed and outside of the cities, Genghis would recognize much of contemporary Mongolia – except his kingdom has taken the path that all earthly kingdoms ultimately take. He is dead, and his kingdom is gone.

Solomon, like Genghis Kahn, built a kingdom, but for all his wisdom it passed away too. Jesus, on the other hand, is alive and still building His kingdom through His followers. Every Christian public servant must keep building His kingdom daily by the way we live and conduct ourselves through our work. The “kingdoms” that you and I work for will someday pass away – but what we do for our Lord will not fade if we focus on building His kingdom.

As you go about your workday, remember that what you do must have more than just an impact on the here and now – it must have an impact on eternity. The paperwork will perish someday but the lives you impact for Christ will bear fruit for eternity.

Today, keep building His kingdom in your workplace.

Prayer
Lord, thank You for building a kingdom that will not end. Help me be a part of building that kingdom today in some small way through the work that You have called me to do. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

Kevin Cooney, Ph.D.
Visiting Professor
Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
Beppu, Japan

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