As we enter a new year, many of us have been working on goals. Ministry, family, health, personal development, household management, all of these areas are subject to scrutiny and adjustment.
My question for myself this year has been this: How can I lean in to the ETERNAL goals and build my year around things that are lasting and Kingdom purposed?
Ok, so the laundry has to be done. The meals have to be cooked. The bills have to be paid on time. Those are temporal things that sustain us through this temporal world. We can’t throw every temporal thing out the window!
I was hopeful for a minute.
But seriously, as women in ministry, we are constantly needing to balance things and keep the balls up in the air, right? As we evaluate and make goals for 2018, have we considered HOW we’re working towards Kingdom things?
I know that I need a shift. I have always been someone who wanted to know the WHY of what I’m doing. Even as a kid at home, if my mom didn’t explain to me WHY I needed to dust the living room (we have company coming for dinner tomorrow), I had a hard time feeling like that should be a priority in my life.
Jesus is pretty clear with us as His followers, “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness…” (Matthew 6:33).
How can I apply that to myself as a woman in ministry? If I’m honestly keeping His Kingdom first, what does that look like for laundry, morning routines, and deadlines at work?
Let’s dig into the Greek a bit in this verse. “Seek” is the Greek word zēteō which means I’m thinking, meditating, inquiring into and reasoning towards something. “First” seems obvious, but the Greek word prōtos means that this thing is first on EVERY list of things I have to do and is of utmost importance in every area of my life. The kingdom (Greek basileia) has to do not necessarily with the actual place or thing, but more with the right or authority to rule. Specifically, Jesus’ right to be King over every domain in my heart, family, ministry, life, world. The righteousness (dikaiosynē) is what Jesus has secured for me, what now identifies my life, what should be the filter and “glasses” through which I make every decision.
So, in a nutshell, we are to be seeking Jesus’ rule in every area of our lives and ministries, and living out of the identity He has placed on us. As Jess Connolly says in her book, Dance, Stand, Run, we GET to live out this identity in Christ. It isn’t something we have to try and attain or conjure up in our hearts.
Now, let’s take this back to the laundry and the ministry. As I make plans and goals for 2018, how am I inviting Jesus in as Lord and King? Is it just a quick addition to my prayer, “Lord, may You be honored in this ministry”? Or am I honestly sitting in this place of abiding, waiting on my King to direct and lead?
As I do the laundry and manage the house am I living out of an identity that allows me to be “hidden” in what I’m doing because I know Whose I am? Is He truly King of my laundry room and the carpool line? Am I learning to let go of perfection, of expectations, of “have-tos” because He is calling me deeper, simpler?
How about you? Where is an area in your life, perhaps a goal you’ve set for 2018, that is less about living in the identity of Christ’s righteousness and more about performing well? Where do you need a shift in your kingdom thinking?
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