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Christ is Enough…to Build Kingdom Relationships

December 13, 2018

At the end of each year, we tend to look back and reflect on the good and the bad from the year as a whole and we make plans for the future. What are we going to do differently in the year ahead? What are some good memories that we want to hang on to? What are some things we hope to never experience again?

As a pastor, I do the same thing in the church. I look back and I give thanks to God for all of the wonderful things He has blessed us with and revealed to us this year, as well as what we might do to better further the Kingdom in the coming year.

We have measurables in the church, such as attendance, giving, baptisms, new members, etc., and those are indicators to be sure. However, the success, as it were, of a church, and really, of our lives in general, should be measured against one command in Scripture…make disciples. How am I doing in making disciples? How am I leading others in making disciples? How is my church doing in making disciples and how can I be a better part of that?

I believe Scripture teaches us that this is best accomplished in “Building Kingdom Relationships”. In our text for today from Galatians 6, Paul gives us four areas of focus in regard to Building Kingdom Relationships.

Galatians 6:6-10,Let the one who is taught the word share all his good things with the teacher. Don’t be deceived: God is not mocked. For whatever a person sows he will also reap, because the one who sows to his flesh will reap destruction from the flesh, but the one who sows to the Spirit will reap eternal life from the Spirit. Let us not get tired of doing good, for we will reap at the proper time if we don’t give up. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us work for the good of all, especially for those who belong to the household of faith.

In V6, Paul gives us the first area of focus in regard to Building Kingdom Relationships. We’ll call it DISCIPLESHIP. The picture here is of a student receiving good stuff from a teacher and then sharing those things with that teacher. For teachers, there is nothing more affirming than hearing about the learning that their students are doing. In the church, this seems best reflected in a one-on-one or small group discipleship. The question we should ask ourselves is, am I plugged into one-on-one or small group discipleship and am I intentionally building Kingdom relationships through discipleship?

In V7-8, Paul gives us the 2ndarea of focus in regard to Building Kingdom Relationships. We’ll call it CONSEQUENCES. For every action, there is a reaction. For every action, there are consequences. Consequences can be good or bad. If you eat a lot of junk, the consequence will likely be health issues. If you pour bad stuff in your mind, bad stuff will come out. The text tells us if we sow to the flesh, the results will be fleshly, and the results will be destruction. If we sow to the Spirit, the results will be Spirit and life. For example – if you aren’t being obedient to the Lord in giving to the church, how can you expect God to bless your finances? If you aren’t committed to making your marriage a priority, how can you expect God to bring joy in that relationship? We may not always like to admit it, but we all need accountability in our lives. Building Kingdom Relationships builds healthy accountability in our lives.

In V9, Paul gives us the 3rdarea of focus in regard to Building Kingdom Relationships. We’ll call it INVESTMENT. Do you ever get tired of doing good? Maybe you have become tired in working, parenting, even serving in your Church or community. Sometimes we get weary because we are working, not from a position of strength, but on fumes. We are not staying plugged in to the power source, the Word of God and prayer, and working in our own strength. Whatever is invested in us, we will be able to invest in others. If we don’t allow God’s Word to be invested in us, we are running on fumes. Paul says don’t give up on the good stuff. Don’t give up on serving God. Don’t give up on taking care of your family, but do it from a position of strength by staying invested.

In V10, Paul gives us the 4thand final area of focus in regard to Building Kingdom Relationships. We’ll call it FAMILY. The text says work for the good of all, but especially those who belong to the household of faith. It is speaking of the church, the family of faith. We must reach, teach, evangelize, serve, and share – but not at the expense of our own family. In the same way we must take care of our own households before taking care of others. If I am too busy meeting the needs of other people and neglecting my wife and family, I’m out of balance and treading on thin ice. My first Kingdom Relationshiop that needs building is my family, then my church. The church is our extended family. We are related by blood, by the blood of Christ.

Will you commit, along with me, to pray about going to the ‘next level’ in discipleship, in Building Kingdom Relationships, next year?

Tony Watson
Senior Pastor
First Baptist Church
Palestine, TX

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