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Kings And Priests In the Marketplace

Revelation 1:5-6
To Him who loved us and
washed us from our sins in His own blood,
and has made us kings and priests
to His God and Father,
to Him be glory and dominion
forever and ever. Amen.

Revelation 5:9-10
And they sang a new song, saying:
"You are worthy to take the scroll,
And to open its seals;
For You were slain,
And have redeemed us to God by Your blood
Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation,
And have made us kings and priests to our God;
And we shall reign on the earth."

God not only gives us a gift of eternal life, He has also given us a goal to become like Jesus and to reign with Him! We are saved by the blood of the Lamb, and are called to be kings and priests, becoming like His Son Who is the King of kings and the High Priest!

We have a goal and a high calling. The apostle Paul wrote: "I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 3:14). To be like Jesus, and to be a king and priest!

1. Jesus The Eternal King & Priest

Jesus is a king. He was born a king (Matthew 2:2), died as a king (Mark 15:32), and now reigns as the King of kings and Lord of lords (1 Timothy 6:15; Revelation 19:16).

Jesus is also a priest. The office of true priesthood was found in Jesus Christ. Unlike other high priests who entered the Holy of Holies with the blood of goats and calves, Jesus served as High Priest by offering Himself as a sacrifice once for all.

Hebrews 9:11-12
11 But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation.
12 Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.

Many priests served and they died (Hebrews 7:23). But Jesus has an eternal priesthood because He lives forever (Hebrews 7:25). He now performs His ministry in heaven (Hebrews 4:14; 9:11), seated at the right hand of God (Hebrews 10:12). By His one offering He has obtained salvation and sanctification for His people. We may therefore come boldly and directly into the presence of God through the One Mediator between God and men, Christ Jesus our LORD (1 Timothy 2:5).

He functions as a King and Priest (Hebrews 5:6; 7:1; Revelation 11:15), enabling us to become heirs of His kingdom which He has established through His sacrificial death on the cross.

Ephesians 2:4-7
4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,
5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),
6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,
7 that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

Because of His great love and exceeding riches of His grace, He has made us to sit together with Him as kings and priests in heavenly places!

Kings is not just about earthly rulers, but also about God, the Supreme Ruler of the universe (Psalm 47:2,7; Matthew 5:35). As the Creator and Founder of the world, Jesus has all the rights to rule the universe. And by His authority and approval, He elects earthly kings to reign (Deuteronomy 10:17; Daniel 4:17). Promotion comes from Him! He is the Judge; He puts down one, and promotes another.

Psalm 75:6-7
6 For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south.
7 But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.

Jesus is both the King of kings and the High Priest! Both king and priest! What did He do in the beginning before man was created? He was a King and Priest in the very beginning.

John 1:1-3
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.

Genesis 1:1-2
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

In John 1, Jesus was the Word Who created all things! All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Genesis 1, we will find that Jesus was working, having many kingly and priestly duties to fulfill. He is the:

  • Chief Designer & Planner as He designed the universe
  • Chief Surveyor as He surveyed the heavens and the earth
  • Chief Creative Director as He created the universe
  • Chief Architect as He built heaven and earth
  • Chief Landscaper as He mapped out the lands and seas
  • Chief Space Commander as He created the sun, moon and stars
  • Chief Zoologist as He created the animals
  • Chief of Oceanography as He created the sea creatures and living things
  • Chief of Cattle and Land as He created the lambs, cows and goats
  • Chief Gardener as He created the trees and the plants
  • Chief Quality Controller as He monitored the various stages of creation
  • And so on.

He worked for 6 days and rested on the 7th. And He is an awesome Worker. What did He do on the 7th day? Do nothing? Resting is not doing nothing.

Genesis 2:2-3
And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.

After finishing all His works, He began to reflect and take pleasure admiring and enjoying them on the 7th day. He rejoiced over His creation with joy and singing, blessing and sanctifying each of them! His works are holy and perfect! Yes, work is sacred in the eyes of God. He blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it. He did the work of the High Priest, blessing and sanctifying the whole creation. We need to learn from Jesus how to bless and sanctify the works that we have done! How to rest and be still and enjoy God and His creation!

Romans 1:20
For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities-His eternal power and divine nature-have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.

Though God is invisible, His works are visible, clearly seen by all created beings. The works of God are wholesome, holistic, complete and tangible, more real and lasting than you and me! The works of God are not just spiritual, they are natural!

What comes first, spiritual or natural?

1 Corinthians 15:45-47
So it is written: "The first man Adam became a living being"; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit. The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual. The first man was of the dust of the earth, the second man from heaven.

The spiritual did not come first, but the natural. Man was formed from the dust of the ground. And he was first a natural being. But God breathed the breath of life into man, and gave him His Spirit. Thus, man became a spiritual being. The spiritual is not first, but the natural is. The spiritual comes after the natural. We have borne not only the image of the first and earthly Adam but also the image of the last and heavenly Adam, Jesus Christ our Lord!

When we look closely at the parables and teachings of Jesus, we will be amazed to find that Jesus used the natural to explain the spiritual. Some examples are:

  • The Sower and the Seeds
  • The Wheat and the Tares
  • The Mustard Seed
  • The Birds of the Air
  • The Flowers of the Field
  • The Tree and its Fruits
  • The Weather Signs
  • A Faithful and Wise Servant
  • The Prodigal Son
  • The Judge and the Widow
  • The Talents
  • The Wineskins
  • The Unforgiving Servant
  • The Two Builders
  • The Two Debtors
  • The Pearl of Great Price
  • The Ten Virgins
  • The Wedding Feast
  • The Good Samaritan
  • The Lost Sheep
  • The Good Shepherd
  • The Doctor and the Sick
  • The Sheep and the Goats

Jesus did not only teach in the synagogues and temple, He also ministered in the marketplace! Of the 132 public appearances of Jesus in the four gospels, 122 (92%) were in the marketplace. Of the 52 parables He told, 45 (87%) had a marketplace context. Thirty-nine of the 40 (about 97.5%) divine encounters in the Book of Acts were in the marketplace. Jesus is our best model and example, serving as a King and Priest in the marketplace!

As a king and priest, Jesus modeled love and servanthood in the marketplace. His ministry was also there. He taught His disciples that serving others was essential and effective in winning them to God, and servanthood was the key for true leadership and kingship.

Matthew 20:25-28
25 But Jesus called them to Himself and said, "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them.
26 Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant.
27 And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave-
28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many."

People do not care what we know; they want to know that we care. When we genuinely take an interest in the life of the people in our workplace and serve them, we will begin to minister as a king and priest for God in the marketplace just like Jesus our Lord.

2. Kings And Priests In The Past

The commission to be a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation and a people belonging to God was originally given to Israel at Mount Sinai after they got out of Egypt. It was the time of the first Pentecost, 50 days after crossing the Red Sea!

Exodus 19:1-25
1 In the third month after the children of Israel had gone out of the land of Egypt, on the same day, they came to the Wilderness of Sinai.
2 For they had departed from Rephidim, had come to the Wilderness of Sinai, and camped in the wilderness. So Israel camped there before the mountain.
3 And Moses went up to God, and the LORD called to him from the mountain, saying, "Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel:
4 'You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles' wings and brought you to Myself.
5 Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine.
6 And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.' These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel."
7 So Moses came and called for the elders of the people, and laid before them all these words which the LORD commanded him.
8 Then all the people answered together and said, "All that the LORD has spoken we will do." So Moses brought back the words of the people to the LORD.
9 And the LORD said to Moses, "Behold, I come to you in the thick cloud, that the people may hear when I speak with you, and believe you forever."
So Moses told the words of the people to the LORD.
10 Then the LORD said to Moses, "Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their clothes.
11 And let them be ready for the third day. For on the third day the LORD will come down upon Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people.
12 You shall set bounds for the people all around, saying, 'Take heed to yourselves that you do not go up to the mountain or touch its base. Whoever touches the mountain shall surely be put to death.
13 Not a hand shall touch him (the offender), but he shall surely be stoned or shot with an arrow; whether man or beast, he shall not live.' When the trumpet sounds long, they shall come near the mountain."
14 So Moses went down from the mountain to the people and sanctified the people, and they washed their clothes.
15 And he said to the people, "Be ready for the third day; do not come near your wives."
16 Then it came to pass on the third day, in the morning, that there were thunderings and lightnings, and a thick cloud on the mountain; and the sound of the trumpet was very loud, so that all the people who were in the camp trembled.
17 And Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet with God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain.
18 Now Mount Sinai was completely in smoke, because the LORD descended upon it in fire. Its smoke ascended like the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mountain quaked greatly.
19 And when the blast of the trumpet sounded long and became louder and louder, Moses spoke, and God answered him by voice.
20 Then the LORD came down upon Mount Sinai, on the top of the mountain. And the LORD called Moses to the top of the mountain, and Moses went up.
21 And the LORD said to Moses, "Go down and warn the people, lest they break through to gaze at the LORD, and many of them perish.
22 Also let the priests who come near the LORD consecrate themselves, lest the LORD break out against them."
23 But Moses said to the LORD, "The people cannot come up to Mount Sinai; for You warned us, saying, 'Set bounds around the mountain and consecrate it.'"
24 Then the LORD said to him, "Away! Get down and then come up, you and Aaron with you. But do not let the priests and the people break through to come up to the LORD, lest He break out against them."
25 So Moses went down to the people and spoke to them.

After this, the LORD gave them the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20:1-17 and all the people heard them, word for word, one commandment after another!

1. No other gods
2. No idols
3. Don't take the name of the LORD in vain
4. Keep the Sabbath holy
5. Honor our parents
6. No murder
7. No adultery
8. No stealing
9. No false witness against our neighbor
10. Don't covet our neighbor's goods

Exodus 20:18-21
18 Now all the people witnessed the thunderings, the lightning flashes, the sound of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking; and when the people saw it, they trembled and stood afar off.
19 Then they said to Moses, "You speak with us, and we will hear; but let not God speak with us, lest we die."
20 And Moses said to the people, "Do not fear; for God has come to test you, and that His fear may be before you, so that you may not sin."
21 So the people stood afar off, but Moses drew near the thick darkness where God was.

The goal of the Exodus out of Egypt was to meet God in the wilderness. Mount Sinai was the meeting place. God established His people who came out of Egyptian slavery to become a holy nation under God. God revealed Himself and His will, and entered into a covenant with them. A pattern for worship and government was established, and they were given a purpose and a destiny.

Two historical events took place there at Mount Sinai:

  • The Israelites consecrated and presented themselves before God.
  • God came down, met with them and gave them the details of His covenant entailing how to live righteously and freely in the Promised Land before a holy God.

The Israelites came to Mount Sinai in the third month (Exodus 19:1), exactly 50 days after the crossing of the Red Sea. The crossing of the Red Sea represents water baptism. Dying to self and living for God! Dead to sin and alive in Christ! It was the day of their spiritual birth as a free and holy people, everything of the old sinful nature and all its bondages had been washed away in the Red Sea.

God desired all the people of Israel to be a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God. No more slaves and ungodly people, but kings and priests! But Israel failed miserably. They did not desire to take heed to God, and to obey His commandments. Many of them didn't enter the Promised Land! They came so near to the holy mountain of God, and yet their hearts were so far away from God!

Many kings were unrighteous and evil, and many priests were unholy!

Nehemiah 9:34-35
34 Neither our kings nor our princes,
Our priests nor our fathers,
Have kept Your law,
Nor heeded Your commandments and Your testimonies,
With which You testified against them.
35 For they have not served You in their kingdom,
Or in the many good things that You gave them,
Or in the large and rich land which You set before them;
Nor did they turn from their wicked works.

God desires to be the King over His people, but His people desired otherwise. They wanted to have earthly kings just like the nations around them. Thus God laid down ten terms and conditions of choosing a king:

Deuteronomy 17:14-20
14 "When you come to the land which the LORD your God is giving you, and possess it and dwell in it, and say, 'I will set a king over me like all the nations that are around me,'
15 "you shall surely set a king over you whom the LORD your God chooses; one from among your brethren you shall set as king over you; you may not set a foreigner over you, who is not your brother.
16 But he shall not multiply horses for himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt to multiply horses, for the LORD has said to you, 'You shall not return that way again.'
17 "Neither shall he multiply wives for himself, lest his heart turn away; nor shall he greatly multiply silver and gold for himself.
18 "Also it shall be, when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write for himself a copy of this law in a book, from the one before the priests, the Levites.
19 And it shall be with him, and he shall read it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the LORD his God and be careful to observe all the words of this law and these statutes,
20 that his heart may not be lifted above his brethren, that he may not turn aside from the commandment to the right hand or to the left, and that he may prolong his days in his kingdom, he and his children in the midst of Israel.

We need to know these 10 godly requirements if we want to be a righteous king before God:

  • Chosen by God
  • Chosen among their brothers
  • No foreigners
  • No excessive power
  • No excessive wives
  • No excessive wealth
  • Copying the Scriptures himself
  • Reading the Scriptures daily
  • Not becoming proud
  • Keeping God's commandments

We cannot be a royal priesthood without keeping God's commandments! And we cannot obey God's commandments without the empowerment of the Holy Spirit!

Numbers 11:24-30
24 So Moses went out and told the people what the LORD had said. He brought together seventy of their elders and had them stand around the Tent.
25 Then the LORD came down in the cloud and spoke with him, and he took of the Spirit that was on him and put the Spirit on the seventy elders. When the Spirit rested on them, they prophesied, but they did not do so again.
26 However, two men, whose names were Eldad and Medad, had remained in the camp. They were listed among the elders, but did not go out to the Tent. Yet the Spirit also rested on them, and they prophesied in the camp.
27 A young man ran and told Moses, "Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp."
28 Joshua son of Nun, who had been Moses' aide since youth, spoke up and said, "Moses, my lord, stop them!"
29 But Moses replied, "Are you jealous for my sake? I wish that all the LORD's people were prophets and that the LORD would put his Spirit on them!"
30 Then Moses and the elders of Israel returned to the camp.

God desired all His people to be His prophets and to be filled with His Spirit. To be a prophet is to be a mouthpiece of God, to listen to what His Spirit is saying and to communicate the message faithfully to the person/persons involved.

Zechariah 4:6-7
6 "This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel:
'Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,'
Says the LORD of hosts.
7'Who are you, O great mountain?
Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain!
And he shall bring forth the capstone
With shouts of "Grace, grace to it!" ' "

We can do it by His Spirit! Grace, grace! We are not just saved by grace through faith, we are also empowered by the grace (charis, graciousness, divine influence) of the Holy Spirit to live the righteous and holy life!

Ezekiel 36:24-29
24 For I will take you from among the nations, gather you out of all countries, and bring you into your own land.
25 Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols.
26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.
27 I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.
28 Then you shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; you shall be My people, and I will be your God.
29 I will deliver you from all your uncleanness.

This is the New Covenant. And this will make us to be righteous kings and holy priests in the sight of God!

Jeremiah 31:31-34
31 "Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah-
32 not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says the LORD.
33 But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.
34 No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, 'Know the LORD,' for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more."

We will be the royal priesthood, the kings and priests of the New Covenant, with God's laws written in our hearts, bringing glory and honor to God!

3. Kings And Priests In The Marketplace Today

1 Peter 2:9
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him Who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.

What does it mean to be kings and priests? A royal priesthood. Both kings and priests and not kings or priests. To be righteous and holy!

King and priest! King before priest. Why? Kingship is about righteousness, and priesthood is about holiness! How to be holy without righteousness? Righteousness comes first, and then holiness. This is the pattern for worship in the tabernacle. We are cleansed and made righteous by the blood of the Lamb before we can enter into the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies!

Salvation => Sanctification => Glorification

Below are 2 verses confirming this truth:

Ephesians 4:24
and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

Revelation 22:11
He who is unjust, let him be unjust still; he who is filthy, let him be filthy still; he who is righteous, let him be righteous still; he who is holy, let him be holy still.

As kings, we need to:

  • Seek His kingdom and His righteousness
  • Do His will
  • Do the Father's business His Way
  • Be faithful to God

2 Timothy 2:11-13
11 This is a faithful saying:
For if we died with Him,
We shall also live with Him.
12 If we endure,
We shall also reign with Him.
If we deny Him,
He also will deny us.
13 If we are faithless,
He remains faithful;
He cannot deny Himself.

Proverbs 14:34
Righteousness exalts a nation,
But sin is a reproach to any people.

Proverbs 21:3
To do righteousness and justice
Is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.

Proverbs 25:5
Take away the wicked from before the king,
And his throne will be established in righteousness.

Something we need to know about the Commandments of God. They can build and transform nations, and turn the hearts of the people back to God! They are also wisdom and understanding to the peoples. They are also righteousness in the sight of God! Where did the British and Americans get their legal laws from? From the Bible! But the moment they turn away from those laws, they move into darkness and unrighteousness!

Deuteronomy 4:6-8
6 Therefore be careful to observe them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples who will hear all these statutes, and say, 'Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.'
7 "For what great nation is there that has God so near to it, as the LORD our God is to us, for whatever reason we may call upon Him?
8 And what great nation is there that has such statutes and righteous judgments as are in all this law which I set before you this day?

What is righteousness before God?

Deuteronomy 6:24-25
24 And the LORD commanded us to observe all these statutes, to fear the LORD our God, for our good always, that He might preserve us alive, as it is this day.
25 Then it will be righteousness for us, if we are careful to observe all these commandments before the LORD our God, as He has commanded us.'

Revelation 22:14
Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city.

As priests, we need to:

  • present our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is our reasonable service. (Romans 12:1)
  • be transformed by the renewing of our mind, not conforming to the world, so that we may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (Romans 12:2)
  • continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name. (Hebrews 13:15)
  • do good and share with others, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased. (Hebrews 13:16)

Many Christians think that today, "kings" refers to the laymen, businessmen and bankers, and "priests" refers to fulltime and pastoral staff in the church. But this is not true. Their definition is wrong! This is the Greek mindset stating that the kings are secular but the priests are sacred. If you are doing Christian ministry or mission work, you are a sacred or full-time Christian. If you are not, then you are secular.

The Hebraic mindset is different. Regardless of their occupations, all Jews are to worship God and obey His commandments! Godly Jews believe in the Lord and obey His commandments, and secular Jews simply don't.

The line between sacred and secular Christians should also be the same. The dividing factors should be between holiness and unholiness; righteousness and unrighteousness; kingdom and non-kingdom.

All Christians have the same Bible as their Christian leaders working in churches; not one verse more or one commandment less. We are to worship God and obey Him regardless of race, language or occupation.

A Christian working in a church or ministry can be in a spiritual place and yet do unspiritual tasks. They can be unrighteous and unholy before the Lord. A very good example is that of the sons of Eli (1 Sam 2:22-25). They were the priests in the Temple. Besides other bad reports, they were seducing the young women who assisted at the entrance of the Tabernacle. They despised the Lord and were killed by Him.

But a Christian businessman or a working professional can be in a secular place and yet do spiritual tasks. They can be righteous and holy before the Lord, doing business God's way. Abraham was a businessman, very rich in livestock, silver and gold (Gen 13:1-5). He was very wealthy, with sheep and cattle and many servants. In the eyes of God, Abraham was righteous on the basis that he believed God.

Another case was King David. He reigned for 40 years. Yet God said that David was a man after His own heart, and he did everything that God wanted him to do (Acts 13:22).

Joseph was a Prime Minister serving the Pharaoh. He was serving the Lord full-time in the Egyptian palace. Daniel was serving the Lord full-time in the Babylonian palace. Joseph and Daniel were effectively doing what the Lord had called them to do. Nothing short of His glory!

God is omnipresent. To say that God only works in the churches and in Christian organisations is boxing God up and limiting His authority. The earth belongs to God! Everything in the earth is His! (Psalm 24:1). God cannot be boxed. Very often, God speaks outside His Temple!

Jesus chose His disciples from the marketplace. Andrew, Peter, James and John were fishermen (Mark 1:16-19). Matthew was a tax collector (Matthew 9:9). None of His twelve were from the Temple or the synagogues. They were ordinary people having secular occupations. Jesus is still calling men and women in the marketplace to become His disciples. He desires to build His kingdom of love among the peoples.

The marketplace is a spiritual place. We need to understand that our calling and training is to fulfill God's purposes there. We are coming to a place where there is intense spiritual warfare going on all the time. It is there where demonic forces and principalities abound and reside. Many of the idols, altars and high places of the pagan gods are there.

We need to be the kings and priests in the marketplace, taking our places in spiritual battles and restoring righteousness and holiness, building His kingdom of love!

Ephesians 4:11-13
11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers,
12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,
13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;

The aim of the fivefold ministry is to equip the saints for the work of the ministry.

What's the work of the ministry? The Greek word is diakonia which means every labor, service or business that benefits others. This work of the ministry is basically to serve God and the peoples in every business or service that benefits other. A teacher teaches, a nurse nurses, a fisherman fishes, a farmer farms and a pastor pastors, and so on.

The governments of the nations have it correct by naming their ministries:

  • Ministry of Defence
  • Ministry of Education
  • Ministry of Finance
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Ministry of Health
  • Ministry of Home Affairs
  • Ministry of Manpower
  • Ministry of the Environment
  • Ministry of Trade and Industry

Many of these ministries draw their wisdom and knowledge from the 613 laws of God!

This is all about seeking God's kingdom and His righteousness. God's kingdom consists of:

  • A King Who rules and reigns in righteousness
  • Law and order - His precepts and statutes about the economy, trades and businesses
  • Public Services for education, development, defence, finance, health, etc.
  • A temple - a place of worship

God is working in the temple and also in the marketplace! We need to serve one another as the Body of Christ, esteeming others better than ourselves. We must not commit the same errors and mistakes like the Israelites in the past. We are called to be kings and priests in the marketplace! Jesus, our King and Priest, is working there, so must we!

Written on:
3 August 2010