I have written quite a bit about “the Kingdom of God.” First, I wrote about “Basics of the Kingdom of God.” Then “How to Live in the Kingdom of God.” Also “Adam’s Kingdom Success, Failure, and Hope.” I have also provided resources for studying the kingdom of God. To learn about ruling our finances, emotions, and sexuality, you can click here to read Part One.
In this article I would like to address “God-Given Kingdom Domains for Men.” God has given all of us kingdoms, big and small, He has called us to reign and rule over. In regards to men, I have a long but not complete list I would like us to consider. As you read these, think: “Do I rule and reign in God’s way over these things?” or “Do I rule and reign them in my way?” or “Do these things rule over me?” These could be applied to women as well, but this was originally used in a speaking engagement for men.
God wants all of us to be fruitful. This is nothing new from the time of the garden. If we are able-bodied individuals – we should work. Work was a part of the garden, even before Adam brought sin into it. It is not bad, but good, and is a blessing to others.
Knowing work is good and God-ordained is half of the battle. We are essentially told when we work, do it as if God is your boss (Colossians 3:23-24). What areas should we be in control of ourselves with work? We need to show up on time (if not early), put in a solid day’s work, show respect to our boss, and be willing to grow in our knowledge and skills of work.
Many men are great at work, but struggle with worship. When it comes to getting up early, working up a good sweat, and doing all they can to provide for their family, they are all in. The question is, do you have the same dominion when it comes to worship?
We can get lax when it comes to worship. Thoughts of “Well, I can go next week.” Or, “Does it really matter if I’m out late Saturday night, as long as I show up Sunday morning” crop into our heads more than we think. Weekly, consistent corporate worship is important. It is valuable. It is what God has earned and deserves. Don’t neglect that as the author of Hebrews says: “not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near (Hebrews 10:25).
One more thing we need to take dominion over is our time. Are we in control of our schedules? Are we disciplined in the time that God has given us? James 4:14 tells us that our time on earth is short. We are told that we live in evil times, so we need to make the best use of our time (Ephesians 5:16).
What are practical ways of managing our time well? Make plans. Often time is wasted when we don’t have a plan. Push to get things done in the time we allotted. Don’t forget to make space for rest. God the Father planned this for us.
How disciplined are you in the areas of work, worship, and time? Do you have dominion over those things, or do they control you? Which of the three do you do the best at, and which one do you need to work on? With God’s help, you can take control of these areas in your life.
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