Stewardship: Demonstrating the Presence of the Kingdom of God

Part 12 in the series.

By: Tom Casey

We have been examining Biblical stewardship in light of the presence of the Kingdom of God.  As stewards and representatives of the Kingdom of God, we have responsibilities placed upon us and resources available to us in order to accomplish our mission on the earth.

When Jesus came to earth, he not only brought the Kingdom of God, but he modeled its values and trained His followers in His ways.  Although He remained fully God, Jesus set aside His divine privileges in order to come as a man, dwell among us as one of us, and accomplish God’s mission, a mission in which He was continually accountable to the Father. The Father provided for all of Jesus’ needs as he carried out the divine mission of representing the Kingdom of God and carrying out the Father’s business.

Regardless of the title used, there are always responsibilities and accountability when there is a representative arrangement between two individuals.  The key to a strong and effective representative relationship between two parties is the realization that they are co-laborers. One’s success is the other’s success. If one fails, both fail.

God employed what has been called “the principle of agency” in sending Jesus on His behalf. This means the Father empowered Jesus to represent Him in this world and to carry out activities necessary to restore relationship between God and men. Jesus’ thoughts, words and behaviors were all representative of the Father.  Jesus consistently communicated with the Father (prayer) regarding His will and purposes in order to know and faithfully execute it on His behalf.

As the Kingdom’s representative on the earth, Jesus faithfully executed the Father’s will, fulfilled His responsibilities, and accomplished the mission He was sent to complete.

As God’s Kingdom representative, Jesus:

  • Received authority from God (Matthew 9:5-8; 28:18-19; John 5:26-28; John 10:17-18; John 17:1-3)
  • Communicated effectively with God regarding His mission in that he: 1) Only did what He saw God doing (John 5:19-20); 2) Acted according to what He heard from God (John 5:30; John 15:15)
  • Was given God’s resources to accomplish the mission (Matthew 11:27; John 3:35, 13:3, 16:15, 17:9-11)
  • Performed the will and works of God (John 4:34, 6:38, 8:28, 9:1-7, 12:49; 14:10
  • Gave an accounting of what God had given Him (John 17:11-12)
  • Was rewarded for completing the mission (Luke 22:28-30, Philippians 2:8-10; Revelation 5:12)
  • Accomplished the mission God gave Him (Luke 18:31; John 17:4, 19:28-30)

God sent Jesus as His representative. Jesus, in turn, has sent us as His representatives (John 20:21). As Jesus was, in representing the Kingdom of God, so are we in this world. Accordingly, we and Jesus also have duties and responsibilities toward one another – we as His representatives and He as our principal. Just as Jesus and the Father were co-laborers in their relationship, we are co-laborers with Jesus in our relationship with Him.  We are laborers with Him but this is not about us – it is all about Him and His Kingdom.  We will continue this in my next post.

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