...it's why the King was born!
Herod the Great had every reason to be "deeply disturbed" (Matt. 2:3) when he heard the news that a King had been born. What he didn't know was that this 'King' had come with the purpose of establishing a kingdom "that will never be destroyed; no one will ever conquer it. It will shatter all (earthly) kingdoms...but it will stand forever." (Dan.2:44).
Many believers miss the significance of Jesus' mission (then and now) of establishing his kingdom. A kingdom that is and will be. A kingdom that is meant to invade and influence every area of life. The realms of business, government, the arts, leisure, creativity, education, family, church etc. where the King, Jesus, desires to extend his gracious reign. He told us to pray, "...your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven."
And did you know that the Church is God's chosen instrument to establish this important, all invasive kingdom? Wyn Fountain wrote, "Jesus didn't come to merely establish institutions called churches, nor a religion called Christianity. The "church" of which Christ spoke only twice was not even an end in itself. An important Bible reference makes this clear, " will build my church...and I will give you the keys of the kingdom." Matt. 16:18,19." The church is a means to an end, NOT AN END IN ITSELF! Let me illustrate...
We all know that schools are not an end in themselves. They are a means to an end, the end being the equipping of children and young people to succeed in all segments of society. If we didn't understand this, and thought that schools were an end in themselves we would all be still sitting politely at our desks, week after week, month after month and year after year, never leaving the walls of the school, just listening to the teacher giving the same lessons ad nauseam.
Although involved in church activities for most of my life, I freely admit that I didn't understand the importance, nor the implications of Jesus' now-on-earth kingdom. I expended huge amounts of energy sitting at my desk and doing my in-house homework. To be brutally frank, I wasn't making 'the main thing the main thing'. Again let me illustrate... (story told by super story teller Tony Campolo).
"This guy was surprised to see a healthy, fit greyhound playing around with some children. 'Why aren't you out racing?' the man asked, The greyhound replied, 'Because I finally realised that the rabbit I was chasing wasn't real!'"