There is much talk about the kingdom of God, in these last days, as the Church re-focuses on her mandate and purpose on earth. Jesus Christ is coming soon and the mandate given to the church to “go into the world and preach the gospel of the kingdom” must be fulfilled. This is a critical moment in time, as many of the signs that Christ predicted would precede His return are manifesting all over the world. Jesus is soon coming to establish His kingdom and to reign and rule on earth with His Bride, the Church.
Every believer, irrespective of age, gender or status must, therefore, be actively engaged in preaching and proclaiming the Gospel, and building the kingdom of God on earth. Indeed, it is a critical time when “all hands must be on deck.” Thus, women must rise up to partner with God to advance and build His Kingdom. Our position, status, responsibility and role in this awesome task have clearly been defined in the scriptures. We must discover these, empower ourselves and join the workforce!
The Kingdom of God
Before we proceed, however, let me briefly define the kingdom of God. The dictionary simply defines kingdom as an area ruled by a king or monarch. A kingdom is essentially a nation, with all of its citizens, land, and laws, ruled by a government headed by a monarch. It is a defined territory, area, state or realm subject to the rule and sovereignty of a monarch.
The kingdom of God is Christ’s reign, rule and authority on the earth and over all creation, as the triumphant Messiah and King. It is wherever Christ reigns in the hearts and lives of people. Thus the territory is the earth and Jesus Christ is the King. Revelations 11:13 tells us:
…The dominion (kingdom, sovereignty, rule) of the world has now come into the possession and become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ (the Messiah), and He shall reign forever and ever (for the eternities of the eternities)!” AMP
Hallelujah! The church has been given the awesome privilege and responsibility to partner with God in establishing His Kingdom on earth. (Daniel 7:18, 27)
Power and authority have been released to the Church through the Blood and Name of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Person of the Holy Spirit, the Eternal word of God and all of heaven’s resources. The Church has also been elevated by God to sit together with Christ in heavenly places, giving us access to the mind and heart of God the King, so that we can establish heaven on earth.
The bible says further tells us that we have been made kings and priests to our God (Rev 5:10; 1 Peter 2:9). A priest is one who has access to God and ministers to Him, so that he can minister to others. As priests, we have access to God through the word of God, prayer and intercession, and can therefore determine His mind, plans and purposes concerning the earth. A king is one who reigns and rules over a territory; we reign as kings and are, therefore, to establish heaven’s plans and purposes on earth through prayer, preaching the Gospel and engaging in spiritual warfare. This is the only way we can effectively partner with God in building His kingdom on earth.
Women have as much a responsibility and role as men in partnering with God to build His kingdom. What we must realise is this, unless the entire body of Christ, male and female, young and old rises up to build, the Church will never accomplish her assignment.
So what must we do, as women? I believe the initial thing to do is to change our mindsets – how we see ourselves, how we think, our priorities, etc. We are transformed by renewing our minds. For so long, women have been told “you can only come so far, because you are a woman. You can only do so much because of your gender. God has set the protocol and status quo, and you have to accept that.” Many have been vigilant in enforcing, what to them, are God’s boundaries and limitations set for women within the Church. It is time to renew our minds regarding who we are and our status and responsibility in Christ!
The boundaries and limitations had been set for Queen Esther, the king had put forth a law that anyone who went before the presence of the king without being called would die, unless the king stretched out his sceptre to them (Esther 4:11). Yet, Esther stepped up, prepared herself and, disregarding the law, approached the king, according to her identity and status as his wife and queen. Esther got her heart’s desire and delivered her people from death.
Our Status In Christ
What is our status in Christ as women? How we answer this question will determine how effectively we can partner with God in building His kingdom on earth. This is what the bible says about our status in Christ:
- We have been redeemed, and reconciled with God. (1 Pet 1:18,19; Rom 5:10-11).
- There is no condemnation towards us who have come into Christ. (Romans 8:1)
- We have been made alive, together with Christ and raised up to sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. (Eph 1:20,21; 2:5,6). As said earlier, this gives us access to God through prayer/worship and releases power in and through us.
- We are Sons of God. There is no question in scripture about the identity of women in Christ. We are sons of the Living God. Sonship in the New Testament is not by virtue of gender, but rather is a status, position and function, which we gain when we come into Christ. The Holy Spirit confirms and affirms us as sons of God and joint-heirs with Christ. Women share the inheritance of the kingdom of God with Christ. Women share the possessions, blessings and benefits of the kingdom, our inheritance. Women must, therefore, also share the responsibility of advancing, extending the boundaries, building and establishing the kingdom of God (Gal 3:26-29, 4:4-7; Rom 8:14-17).
- Our status has been restored. We have been given the authority to take dominion, rule and reign on the earth (Daniel 7:18, 27; Matt 28:18; Acts 1:8). Through the Church of Jesus Christ, God will build His kingdom on earth, and women are part of this audacious work (Psa 110:1-3)
Our Role Models
There are countless numbers of women, both in the bible and history, who partnered with God in building His kingdom. The bible tells us of women like Sarah, Miriam, Zelohehad’s daughters, Deborah, Jael, Ruth, Hannah, Mary, Elizabeth, Anna, Joanna, Salome, Mary Magdalene, Priscilla, Dorcas, Lydia, etc. History tells us of Catherine Booth, Susanna Wesley, Kathryn Kuhlman, etc. The present day also has its list of women who are actively engaged in proclaiming the gospel, raising disciples, healing the sick and casting out demons, feeding the poor and widowed, praying and interceding, taking territories – villages, towns, cities and nations – for Christ.
Every Christian woman can and must join this partnership, because it is our legal (through the Blood) and biblical right and responsibility. Together with our brothers, we will partner with Jesus Christ, the King of kings, until His reign, sovereignty, dominion and rule is established, and His majesty, greatness and glory fill the earth.
In Christ’s Love and Service
Apostle Jennifer Wallace