The Master’s Strategy

“Blessed are you when men hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man. “Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their fathers treated the prophets. “But woe to you who are rich, for you have already received your comfort….” (Lk.6:22-24)

Jesus came to seek and to save the lost human race, men and women of all generations. He made the provision for it through His substitutionary death on the cross, his resurrection and ascension. He achieved this in less than two months time-with a passion week of agony, his body in the grave for a couple of days and about fifty days of post resurrection appearances etc. before His ascension. This was probably less than five percent (5%) of the three and a half human years He spent on the earth. What was He doing 95% of His time?

The Strategy of the Kingdom

Discipleship was the Master’s strategy for the Kingdom. He could have just announced from heaven the offer of salvation. He could have used the angels to proclaim the message. He could have just commanded everyone into the Kingdom. But He entrusted it to a bunch of ordinary folks, low profile evangelists.

It was more of a one-on-one kind of approach, building one brick at a time. There was no mass appeal. It requires dedicated effort, quality time.

It was purely with the power ‘from above’ and not according to human wisdom and intelligence. Jesus spent the whole night in prayer before choosing the twelve on whom He would spend the rest of the time.

The same old silly-looking strategy is still the best way to spearhead God’s kingdom on earth. It works even when everything else fail.

The Attitudes in the Kingdom

What to expect in the process was outlined by the Master. This was the values of the Kingdom. Poor, hungry for righteousness, weeping, ostracised, insulted, falsely accused, and finally possessing the kingdom with a reversal of the experiences.

What are the characteristics of the kingdom today? What is the attitude of the kindgom-builders of today?

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