The King is on the Move: will you Join Him?

Kingdom of God ManifestingIn C.S. Lewis’ children’s book, ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’, there is a change taking place in the landscape. The lion King Aslan has returned to Narnia and is steadily making his way through the land.

For a long time, Narnia has been under the rule of an evil witch, who has placed the land under a spell so that it is ‘always winter.’ But now, there are signs and stirrings of a higher power, a greater Kingdom at work.

Ice is melting, and spring flowers and bulbs are appearing. Not only is the landscape changing, there is new hope amongst the inhabitants—because where the King walks, the power of darkness is broken.

Suddenly, there are rumours going out: ‘Aslan is on the move!’ And Aslan’s followers are gathering to follow their King.


It is a vivid picture, and one that illustrates the Kingdom of God becoming manifest.

  • What does the Kingdom of God invading the darkness look like in your family life, your work or ministry life?
  • What could this look like in your region: your places of education, government, business, your own neighbourhood?

Imagine people who have been spiritually frozen, their hearts hard and disinterested, now warming up and melting. People who are encountering the King and His Kingdom and as a result, they can no longer ignore the reality of God and His love for them.

It’s time to catch a vision. It’s time to start announcing that God is here, that the King and His Kingdom are here. It’s time to wake up to the fact that we can participate in what He is doing and no longer have to put up with the status quo. Because Jesus is here, and He is on the move.

It’s time to draw near to Jesus, to become intimately acquainted with the King, to align ourselves with Him and His cause.

And there is still more.

As the story of Narnia unfolds, Aslan’s followers are now confronted with the next phase of their decision to follow the King. It is time for battle—to take up arms and to fight, so that the rightful King can take his place on the throne. [1]


Kingdom Encounter, Alignment and Assignment

There are three levels of Kingdom engagement—ways in which we participate with King Jesus and His Kingdom, that are portrayed so well in C.S. Lewis’ story. These levels are Encounter, Alignment and Assignment.

1. Kingdom Encounter

“The time has come… The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” (Mark 1:15)

An encounter implies a confrontation, coming face to face with someone or something. It may be an unexpected meeting.

Kingdom encounter takes place when people are confronted with the reality of Jesus, His Kingship, and the rule of God. They see the evidence first hand, through Divine interventions that can only be explained by the power of God. They also have the opportunity to hear the Gospel message.

In the Gospels, Jesus went about exercising authority over disease and demons, as well as over the laws of nature. In His lavish demonstration of Father’s love for people, Jesus showed us that the ministry of encounter is for every person. Encounter is the calling card of the Kingdom, saying ‘The King is here and you are invited to believe and join Him.’ 


2. Kingdom Alignment

“Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.” (Luke 9:23)

Alignment speaks of arranging and positioning according to a standard. Kingdom Alignment takes place as we choose to follow Jesus and become His disciples. It speaks of submitting to the King’s rule in our lives.

As we see so vividly in the Gospels, not everyone who encounters Jesus and experiences His power chooses to take the next step to believe in and follow Him.

Alignment is not a one-off decision, it consists of ongoing life transformation. As we journey, we have the opportunity to continue calibrating our lives to God’s Word and His ways. The Father’s goal is that we become like Jesus. (Rom 8:29)  Our motivation is not one of religious performance, but arises from our love for Jesus, our honour for Him, and is our heart’s response to His grace. 

Alignment also speaks of positioning for Father’s purpose for our lives.


3. Kingdom Assignment

‘Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”’ (John 20:21-22)

Assignment speaks of being given a role and a task to accomplish. Kingdom Assignment is our opportunity to participate with Jesus in the extension of His Kingdom. As royal sons and daughters, we exercise His authority in His Name. (Acts 3:16)

We are on the King’s business, and as representatives of Jesus, we become agents of ‘Kingdom Encounter’ for others.

We each have a unique assignment, a purpose and God-given destiny to make a difference in this world. (Eph 2:10) Each one of us has the opportunity to fulfil our potential and the call of God upon our lives—but sadly, not not everyone will.

The reality is that Kingdom culture is alien to the worldly culture in which we live. That Jesus is King implies authority and obedience. It requires something of us. It confronts our independence and waywardness. Jesus’ Kingship calls for us to recognise and step into our own royal heritage as sons and daughters of God.

 


Notes:

1. C.S. Lewis, The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe, 1950. C.S Lewis once wrote: ‘The Narnian books are not as much allegory as supposal. “Suppose there were a Narnian world and it, like ours, needed redemption. What kind of incarnation and Passion might Christ be supposed to undergo there?” http://archive.hbook.com/magazine/articles/1960s/oct66_higgins.asp


Related Posts:

Regional Visitation: The Place Where You Live Matters To God

Kingdom Encounter: Let God Astonish You

Prophetic Alignment: The Power of Your Follow


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10 thoughts on “Your Kingdom Encounter, Alignment and Assignment”

  1. Thank you Helen, for these inspiring reassuring words.
    There is power in the words you have so graciously shared with us…..
    Thank you

    1. Thank you Arthur,
      Just thought of this verse which really sums it all up: 🙂
      ‘I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way. (Eph 1:18-23)
      You are in His favour, Arthur

  2. Awesome word of wisdom. You are on point we are in a time were we need to draw near to God. I’ve just came out of a bad storm, that storm has taught me that I need God for everything not just somethings and that everything I do must be done His way not my way. I’m learning to align myself with God!!!

    Thank You Helen

    Blessings

  3. Hi Joanne, I’m glad to hear that you feel the storm is passed now, may you be replenished and refilled for your new season.
    We’ve just been discussing ourselves about the challenge of alignment, that when we receive a revelation from God, we need to then align our lives to that revelation. Very thought-provoking.

    Thank you for leaving the comment, bless you.

  4. A few weeks ago i sat down to watch tv and a movie came on, The Lion, the Witch and the wardrobe. A few days ago i was watching a show from the UK called, Homes under the hammer. It is about abandoned and run down homes, churches and buildings that are sold at auction, people buy them, fix them up to live in or resell. The presenter shows the home in its rundown state and as he was walking through this particular house he came to a bed room. At one end of the room was a wardrobe, he said ‘I wonder whats in this wardrobe’, he went over opened the wardrobe door, it had no back on it and it opened up into more rooms in the house, he then began talking about the movie, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. For me Helen a home is symbolic of our bodies, 1 Cor 6 :19, and the wardrobe is symbolic of our minds. We all think a certain way, view God and life a certain way and it can often be predictable routine and limited. Just like the wardrobe we know what is in there, we are familiar with it and it is not a very big room. In the movie, it wasn’t until the children went beyond the wardrobe that they entered a whole new world and discovered Aslan. I believe if we want to experience more of Holy Spirit we need to go beyond our current wardrobe thinking. A passage that comes to mind is Matt 6:33, too often we seek the natural world to meet our needs, if we seek God [who is spirit] he will take care of our physical needs, i think its time to get beyond the wardrobe [the natural] and enter into the [spirit] Narnia.

    1. David, that is absolutely brilliant!
      I especially relate to this right now as I am being challenged about my own ‘wardrobe thinking’ (limiting mindsets)…ah, love it!
      I have a particular love for C.S. Lewis’ Narnia series, especially the insights about Jesus as a Person that we get glimpses of in Aslan. No doubt I’ll come back around to it again sometime. 🙂

    1. A great prayer and one God loves to answer…!
      ‘You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.’ (Jer 29:13)

  5. Thanks Helen, its great to be able to encourage. I want to add one other thing.[I believe this is a huge confirmation to your post.] I was reading Song of Songs and as i read Chapter 2 :10-13 i really sensed Holy Spirit saying “This is what the season is right now”, as i pondered this, my mind began to think on all the negativity [Matt 13:18-23] happening in the world at the moment so i found it difficult to receive this word as a now word. The next day your post was released and when i read the part at the start, ‘The ice is melting, spring bulbs are appearing……, i immediately thought of this passage in Song of Songs that i read the day before. It is what God says is happening right now not what i think or see, i have to receive and believe it as a now word.

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