As believers or more accurately Kingdom citizens, we need to understand that we are part of a movement. So we are not to be the type of people that just sit down and relax in our Christian bubble.
Jesus started a movement because our world was and still is dying and with any movement it ruffled a few feathers.
The movement of the Kingdom was to be promoted by his body (The Church), so he first set the example by promoting it himself:
Mar 1:14 Jesus Begins His Ministry in Galilee
(Matthew 4:12-17; Luke 4:14-15)
Now after John had been arrested, Jesus went to Galilee and proclaimed the gospel about the kingdom of God.
Mar 1:15 He said, “The time is now! The kingdom of God is near! Repent, and keep believing the gospel!”
As any good leader Jesus lead from the front and did not tell us to do something he was not prepared to do himself.
He then started this moment with a core set of people who caught the vision and were willing to step out in faith and follow him, plus do the activity:
Luk 9:1 Jesus Sends Out the Twelve
(Matthew 10:5-15; Mark 6:7-13)
Jesus called the Twelve together and gave them power and authority over all the demons and to heal diseases.
Luk 9:2 Then he sent them to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.
Luk 9:3 He told them, “Don’t take anything along on your trip—no walking stick, traveling bag, bread, money, or even an extra shirt.
Luk 9:4 When you visit a home and stay there, and go out from there,
Luk 9:5 if people don’t welcome you, when you leave that city, shake its dust off your feet as a testimony against them.”
Luk 9:6 So they left and went from village to village, spreading the good news and healing diseases everywhere.
So before they could have an impact, they first had to be empowered, once empowered they could then demonstrate the Kingdom through power, which then met people’s needs, which caused them to want to know more about the Kingdom.
However Jesus knew that not everyone would accept the message they were bringing, so from the very beginning before he sent them out, he prepared them for rejection so that they would not be discouraged, but know how to handle it and keep on moving.
This initial activity created a lot of momentum and knowledge of the kingdom began to spread, the movement had started.
As with any good leader, once the movement had began and the core people were in place, he had to create the situation were the movement would continue to move forward without the need of his physical presence. Leaders raise up other leaders and not just followers. So Jesus had to go, because in going it would cause the leadership to step up and step out of the comfortzone of the Master always being there. However before he left his equipped them once again by leaving them a heavenly system that they could plug every new believer into, it was called His Church:
Joh 20:19 Jesus Appears to the Disciples
(Matthew 28:16-20; Mark 16:14-18; Luke 24:36-49)
It was the evening of the first day of the week, [Or evening of that day, the first of the Sabbaths] and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders. [I.e. Judean leaders] Jesus came and stood among them. He told them, “Peace be with you.”
Joh 20:20 After saying this, he showed them his hands and his side, and when they saw the Lord the disciples were overjoyed.
Joh 20:21 Jesus told them again, “Peace be with you. Just as the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.”
Joh 20:22 When he had said this, he breathed on them and told them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.
Joh 20:23 If you forgive people’s sins, they are forgiven. If you retain people’s sins, they are retained.”
Act 2:1 The Coming of the Holy Spirit
When the day of Pentecost was being celebrated, all of them were together in one place.
Act 2:2 Suddenly, a sound like the roar of a mighty windstorm came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.
Act 2:3 They saw tongues like flames of fire that separated, and one rested on each of them.
Act 2:4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in foreign languages as the Spirit gave them that ability.
Act 2:14 Peter Addresses the Crowd
Then Peter stood up among the eleven apostles and raised his voice to address them:
“Men of Judea and everyone living in Jerusalem! You must understand something, so pay close attention to my words.
Act 2:15 These men are not drunk as you suppose, for it’s only nine o’clock in the morning.
Act 2:16 Rather, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:
Act 2:17 ‘In the last days, God says,
I will pour out my Spirit on everyone.
Your sons and your daughters will prophesy,
your young men will see visions,
and your old men will dream dreams.
Act 2:18 In those days I will even pour out my Spirit
on my slaves, men and women alike,
and they will prophesy.
This was the birth of the Church or the starting of the System.
This system was to be infused by the Holy Spirit so that the authority and power of the Kingdom Heaven (The Mother Country) could be demonstrated in the Kingdom of God (The earthly Colony). The knowledge of this power was taught as people plugged into these system:
Act 18:24 Apollos Preaches in Ephesus
Meanwhile, a Jew named Apollos arrived in Ephesus. He was a native of Alexandria, an eloquent man, and well versed in the Scriptures.
Act 18:25 He had been instructed in the Lord’s way, and with spiritual fervor he kept speaking and teaching accurately about Jesus, although he knew only about John’s baptism.
Act 18:26 He began to speak boldly in the synagogue, but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him home and explained God’s way to him more accurately.
So the movement of the Kingdom needs teachable people who understand about be empowered and doing the activity but also plugging into a system, which operates under the power and authority of the Kingdom of Heaven.
This is why as a Christian, we should not just be sitting down doing nothing.
Parallel Business Principles
There are some obvious parallels here. In Reliv in order to be successful you have to get people to join you. Once you get them to join you, you have to empower them to succeed. Part of that empowerment is preparing them for rejection and the right ways to handle it. Once all of this happens, they can be sent out to demonstrate that empowerment and begin to meet people’s needs.
Some of these people, because of what they experience will want to be part of Reliv, so they too can help others. Other people will not believer the message and in some cases maybe hostile to the message. However because of the right expectation, the team will be able to deal with such situations.
Once the activity starts and people are growing, even though you will always be there to help and support them, they will be self sufficient to continue to go out and build their business even if you are not there, because they have a system to plug into and also plug in their new recruits.
This is how to grow a successful Reliv Business.
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