Genesis 1:27-28 (NASB) 27 God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 God blessed them; and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth."
The heart of God for mankind from the very beginning was to; be under His authority, be like Him and to rule the earth in His God given authority. It seems to me that we in the church are quite prone to forget that God’s orders to us haven’t changed a bit. Our view of ruling easily becomes skewed to political power even though the Lord Jesus warned us to beware of the leaven of Herod which represents political power. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying we’re not to be involved in politics at all. I am saying that the rule Father God calls us to is a spiritual Kingdom rule. The power we are given to carry out God’s command is through His command of LOVE. We are given Good News in the midst of a corrupt and evil world. We must remember that NEWS is for someone else if we are the ones entrusted with it. Funny, love is also about someone else not ourselves. The bottom line is this, for the church to really carry out the commands of God we must own the fact that no matter where we are or who we are, we are on a mission along with Christ Jesus to redeem the world that He loves… and so we must also. The ruling and reigning we are called to in Christ is through LOVE AND FORGIVENESS.
John 20:20-21 (NASB) 20 And when He had said this, He showed them both His hands and His side. The disciples then rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 21 So Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you; as the Father has sent Me, I also send you."