Kingdom Builder by Mayada Naami

 “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33 NIV

Last week, I attended a conference in Las Vegas called Kingdom Summit where 800 believers came together to hear speakers like Ed Mylett and Rory Vaden talk about leading with a purpose in a marketplace that is often at odds with Christian values. What does it mean to seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness in the marketplace? Many leaders today struggle with belonging in a world that seeks personal success or wealth first.

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”

Matthew 19:23-24 NIV

Jesus says it twice in this verse that it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Why would He say that? Are we hopeless? No we are not, but Jesus knew how difficult it is for us to walk away from worldly things to be followers of Christ. Today, especially, we are afraid to say we are followers of Christ in the marketplace out of fear of being called a “Bible thumping Christian.” Our country is suffering from the lack of presence of God in our public schools and in our communities. The United States was founded on Christian beliefs yet speaking about God at work or in public places can make people uncomfortable and sometimes it is forbidden.

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Matthew 28:19-20 NIV

Yet, Jesus commands us to make disciples of all nations. He wants us to be bold in our faith. In Romans 10:9 the Bible says, “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Salvation is not just believing in your heart but also declaring with your mouth that “Jesus is Lord” of your life. When questioned if he knew Jesus, Peter denied Jesus three times even though he actually walked physically with Him, saw Him perform miracles and had a close personal relationship with Him. The world hated Jesus and Peter was fearful that they would turn on Him too if he admitted knowing the Savior. Have you ever felt afraid of saying you know Jesus or sharing the Good News with non-believers? Do not be ashamed and become a Kingdom Builder.

What is preventing you from being bold about your faith when at work or when around non-believers?

Lord, thank you for the eternal gift of salvation. Your gift is precious and I will cherish it forever. Help me to be bold in my faith and my walk. Amen

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  1. Will it be considered discrimination to bring religion into work place considering there are various religions? I pray for grace to live my life in a way that His name will be glorified in my daily activities and that will be my evangelism. I believe that God is love and I command myself to love across the aisle. And if we can display love and stop the clicks in the churches people will be attracted to come worship our Christ the hope of our salvation. Many times people like to preach but not practice what they preach (hypocrisy). Until Christians become international in being kind and stop double personality people are inclined to doubt our beliefs. God bless you for sharing.

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