Keys to Advancing in the Kingdom


Luke 16:10: “He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much.” 

I believe that the person who is reading this has a desire to grow in maturity in Christ. Am I right?

I also believe that you desire to be found by God with the character that can be used for great things in the kingdom. Am I right?

In the passage we just read, Jesus gives us a glimpse into a key to advancement in the kingdom of God.

Since I’m talking to the right person, then perk up and take notice of what Jesus is saying!

Some very important keys are being released to people who are willing to pick them up and use them for the glory of God! These keys will serve to unlock spiritual doors that lead to maturity and greater opportunity for those who use them.

Are you ready to take possession of the keys to the kingdom?

Alright, here we go!

To take possession of the keys to advancement, we must understand exactly what Jesus is saying in this verse.

Here’s key number one:

  1. Realize that nothing you do is unimportant.

There are many who have a “ratings system” when it comes to activity and attitude. Some things rate as very important to God; things which He is interested in how they are handled. But, there are some things that are not as important and therefore are left to our discretion as to how they are handled.

But, if you read this scripture carefully and you know what happened at Calvary, then you understand a powerful truth that leads to advancement in the kingdom and the release of greater anointing upon the one who carries that understanding:

Nothing is little with God!

God purchased us from the enemy through the death of Jesus on the cross of Calvary. We are not our own! Go ahead and shout: “I’m not my own!” There now, everyone doesn’t just suspect you’re crazy, they know it! Crazy for God that is!!!

Plus – God determines how seriously we take His Lordship by giving us opportunities to submit to His direction. Some people believe that God only cares about the “big things” like what happens at church but God is gauging your fitness for advancement by what happens Monday through Saturday!

How you clean your toilets is a reflection of your character and trustworthiness. How you do your job is a reflection of your character and trustworthiness. How you talk in front of others, how you treat your wife, how you treat your mother-in-law, how you pay your bills, whether your lie or tell the truth, if you have sex outside of marriage, etc.

Everything you do and say tells a story about your character and submission to God!!!

I’m not saying that you have to get up and ask God what clothes to put on, but what type of character you exhibit in everyday matters does tell a story about your ability to be trusted with more!

  1. Stop looking for a better opportunity and use the one you have!

Many people find themselves in situations in which they have very little to work with. So, what they do is say something like this:

“Someday, when I have more, I’ll obey God. Now, I just can’t, I don’t have enough to make a difference!”

That type of thinking may seem logical to you, but remember, God is not looking at someday to determine your usefulness:

He is looking at what you’re doing now!

This attitude is particularly prevalent when it comes to money. If you notice, the scripture we read from Luke 16 is found right in the middle of a talk Jesus is having about money and how you use money reveals your submission to Christ and your ability to be used by Him!

Verses 11-15: “Therefore if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? And if you have not been faithful in what is another man’s, who will give you what is your own? No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. Now, the Pharisees who were lovers of money, also heard all these things, and they derided Him. And He said to them, ‘You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God.'”

It is easy, like the Pharisees to get all “religious” and indignant about this subject but these are the word of Jesus!

God will multiply what you have, so let Him use it! If you think that what you have looks too little now, wait until you get more! Most believer’s desire is to get to the place that they no longer have to live by faith! The bigger your bank account gets the smaller the numbers look! If you can’t now, you WON’T later!

  1. Don’t get your head stuck in the fence looking at someone else’s pasture!

Many are so busy comparing what God is doing in their life to what God is doing with their neighbor that they can’t be grateful and therefore, complain more than speak the Word!

2 Corinthians 10:12: “We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise.”

James 3:16: “For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there.”

If you are being obedient to God, stop comparing yourself to others! Doing so only brings confusion regarding Christ’s care for you!

I once heard a wise person say:

You don’t know what it took to bring such green grass in someone’s field!

Your key to advancement is not something in your future; it’s in your hand right now!

To advance in the kingdom, you must be able to be trusted! This comes through using every opportunity as a “kingdom” one! You are a child of God! Nothing you do is unimportant! Be faithful in what you have and God will give you more!

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