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7 Realms of the kingdom

When God calls you to himself, he doesn’t leave behind the part of you that is career-oriented. If you are a gifted teacher, his call will probably involve you building his kingdom by using your ability to teach. If you’ve got a talent for building businesses, then God’s call may well send you to…
By Seth Barnes
By Seth Barnes
When God calls you to himself, he doesn’t leave behind the part of you that is career-oriented. If you are a gifted teacher, his call will probably involve you building his kingdom by using your ability to teach. If you’ve got a talent for building businesses, then God’s call may well send you to that arena.
 
Yes, we need more missionaries, even though most of you reading this are not going to ever be one in the sense of going overseas. 
 
Most missionaries are called to impact one of the seven realms of the kingdom – areas where they are naturally interested and gifted. We need more teachers who look like Jesus in the classroom. We need artists who work out their faith as they create their art. We need actors who can set an example in the cinema.
 
John Enlow describes the areas where believers can impact culture in this book.
  • Religion
  • Education
  • Entertainment/media
  • Government
  • Business
  • Family
  • Sports
The kingdom is coming around the world. The kingdom is coming in each realm as God’s people shine his light there. You don’t need to go to Africa to become a missionary. Missions begins as believers bring the kingdom in each of the seven realms.
 
Which of the seven realms most captivates you? What is God saying to do about it?

Comments (10)

  • This is so true. For awhile I was in the mindset that every person professing to love God would be a “missionary.” But after spending some deeper time with God and His kids, my thoughts were made more clear. Yes, Every follower of Christ is called to be a missionary. But that doesn’t mean going overseas and feeding the hungry and evangelizing the people who want to learn. Yes that stuff is good, but God has given me a different perspective. Being a missionary means walking out every day of your life according to where God is walking. Whether it be in a village in Africa, to the multimillion dollar business in America. God gives different gifts and talents but we all have the same call. Make disciples.
    Thanks, Seth for posting this. It is reconfirming word.

  • I’ve definitely found this to be true in my life! I have been working for the past 3 years as a Guest Service Manager in a Spa. It’s been amazing to see the things God has done and I’ve been able to develop the gift of hospitality that He’s given me. I also get cheap massages which is pretty nice. 🙂

  • This reminds me of the 7 Mountain Mandate, taught by Lance Wallnou, powerful teachings and revelations. You can see how God is moving and opening doors for Kingdom advancement. Great stuff Seth.

  • Yes! Here at CDM, we have those going to college, working in the public, going into missions, but also computer programming, a massage therapist, a contractor, etc. It would seem easier for us all to be immersed in missions for months at a time, but they are learning to walk with Jesus and join Him in His work everywhere they go – in their “ordinary” days. We’re looking for some great God stories each day we set out and come back!

  • I definitely have a heart to see The Church be what God has always desired-a people that Love Him and let that Love flow out to others. I want to see his Kingdom Come and for all believers to live into their full destiny. I hate that Christianity has become religious and compartmentalized. I believe God wants to manifest Himself in remarkable ways whereever we are: school, workplace, home, grocery store, etc. I have a heart for all of us as believers to really get what that looks like!

  • This just confirms what I have intuitively believed…that we are all called and gifted and serve as missionaries right where we are. Right now for me it is family, although I think the seasons and places of service ebb and flow. I also feel strongly that I am placed to challenge the beliefs that so many of those who don’t know Jesus have about Christians (ie just what is discussed in the book UnChristian…) so perhaps that is the realm of religion? I just know that I always step away from reading your posts feeling very affirmed and not alone.

  • This is great, Daddio. Sometimes I wish so badly that I could just be a missionary in Guatemala or something but I am being obedient to where he has me right now. I think I get more than I give out when I’m on mission trips, not as much when I’m acting, but in a necessary way, I think.

    Anyway thanks for this!

  • Great list! I’m actually drawn to the entertainment side of culture for some reason. Maybe it’s because that’s become an area of such time consumption for many Americans.

    We see so much non-redemptive messaging in movies, TV, music, and even books that it’s really started to bother me. I don’t want to withdraw from culture, though; I’m challenged to help create it.

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