Kingdom Metrics is measuring our work by God’s expectations as revealed in Scripture. Kingdom Metrics is grounded in understanding how God measures what we do, resulting in our strategies and plans fulfilling God’s expectations for what we do and how we do it. It is our responsibility to be obedient to God as revealed in His Word. It is our responsibility as leaders to make sure our organizations and ministries are obedient to the whole counsel of Scripture, understanding that the Holy Spirit is involved in this process and that each ministry is part of a whole that we see dimly, but God sees clearly. I recognize that each ministry can have a different focus that majors on part of Scripture. For example, we may focus on feeding the poor, or healing, or education, or evangelism, or…. But even when we are fulfilling part of Scripture, we have to be mindful of the whole counsel of Scripture and endeavor to fit into the big picture, not just focus our piece of the picture without regard for the big picture.
If we are mindful of Kingdom Metrics, we recognize that:
- Kingdom Metrics are about Kingdom Purposes (Doing God’s will).
- Kingdom Metrics are about measuring our work by what God uses to measure us.
- Kingdom Metrics are about obeying God’s Word and teaching others to obey God’s Word regardless of theological, doctrinal, denominational, church, or cultural bias.
- Kingdom Metrics are about putting the Great Command and the Great Commission ahead of personal, denominational, church or organizational objectives/goals.
- Kingdom Metrics are transformational, which can only be accomplished by God working through all his people.
- If we fail to include Kingdom Metrics in our planning, we will fail to fulfill Kingdom Purposes.
(I would be interested in what you think should be added to this list.)
Following are some filter questions I use to determine if I am involved in Kingdom work instead of organizational work.
- Is the work founded on Scripture-only or is it doctrine-based?
- Is the work obedience-based, insight-based, or knowledge-based? (Obedience-based and knowledge-based are probably familiar terms. Insight-based is about discovering all the nuances of Scripture, but may not lead to obedience if insight is the goal. Most expositors and commentators are insight-based.)
- Does the work relate to the whole body of Christ?
- Does the work put the whole body of Christ ahead of our own personal or organizational interests?
- Does the work touch and benefit others not related to our organization?
- Does the work help others without expectation of return?
- Does the work take the Gospel to the masses (all demographics)?
- Does the work get to evangelism and church planting through disciple-making, and is disciple-making a primary focus?
- Can the work move to others from the beginning point of the work?
- Is the work founded on natural leaders?
- Do methodologies focus on multiplying new units – Disciples, Bible Studies, Churches?
- Do methodologies focus on expanding to new neighborhoods, cities, nations, people groups?
- Do we plan to reach our city/nation/people group for Christ (focus on lostness), or do we want to grow our church/denomination (focus on ourselves)?
- Does the work put a high priority on reaching the lost regardless of other activities?
- Does the work endeavor to transform communities?
(I would be interested in any filter questions you use and/or would suggest.)
The Kingdom Parables give us some insight to Kingdom Metrics (How God measures what we do).
- Sower and Soils (Matthew 13:1-23): The Gospel is to be sowed on all soils, but only one of four soils will produce fruit. Not everyone reacts the same way to the Word, but all are to be exposed to it.
- Wheat and Tares (Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43): Satan will be doing his best to undermine the work of God. God does not ultimately deal with this until the end of the age.
- Mustard Seed and Leaven (Matthew: 31-33): Kingdom work will produce incredible growth and development.
- Hidden Treasure and Pearl of Great Price (Matthew 13:44-46): The Kingdom of God is worth everything we own, and some accidentally discover the Kingdom, and others are searching for the Kingdom.
- Dragnet (Matthew 13: 47-50): There will be judgment for the wicked and the righteous. The Good News and the Bad News both need to be a part of our message. Our ministry must include both, not just be good works. We need to understand that evil will infiltrate what we do.
- Householder (Mt 13:51-52): Those in the Kingdom of God have a treasure of both the Old and the New Testaments, with the responsibility to preserve, multiply, and teach both (duty of scribes).
- Unmerciful Servant (Matthew 18:21-35): An unforgiving heart has no place in the Kingdom of God.
- Workers in the Vineyard (Matthew 18:1-16): All who respond to the Gospel gratefully, and work diligently during the time they have as a part of the Kingdom, will receive the same reward regardless of when they responded.
- Two Sons (Matthew 21:28-32): The Kingdom of God is filled with “doers”, not “sayers”. Obedience is our love response to God’s mercy. (See Mt 7:21-23; 28:20; Jn 14:15,21,23; 15:10,14; 1Co 7:19; 1Jn 2:3-4)
- Wicked Vinedressers (Matthew 21:33-46): The Kingdom of God will be taken from wicked religious leaders who reject God’s Prophets, reject His Son, and do not bear fruit; and it will be given to those who accept the Son and bear fruit. (See Luke 12:48 for the responsibility of those who have been privileged to be a part of the Kingdom)
- Wedding Banquet (Matthew 22:1-14): The Kingdom of God is for those who properly and thankfully receive the invitation of God (His grace) to join the feast.
- Ten Virgins (Matthew 25:1-13): The Kingdom of God is for those who are prepared for and watchful for the Lord’s coming.
- Three Stewards (a.k.a. Parable of the Talents) (Matthew 25:14-30): The Kingdom of God is for those who are found to be productive to the limits of their capacity when the Lord returns.
- Sheep and Goats (Matthew 25:13-46): The Kingdom of God is for those who unselfishly care for the poor and needy in society.
- Growing Seed (Mark 4:26-29): The Kingdom of God is made up of God and those who labor with Him; the increase comes from God, but we have to work.
The other parables of Jesus also give us insight into Kingdom Metrics. Luke 15 gives us three parables on lostness – The Lost Sheep, The Lost Coin, and the Lost Son (a.k.a. The Prodigal Son). In these parables we see that Gods loves all his sheep, but His love is more than just collective love for His creation, it is individual love that looks for the lost and celebrates their return. Jesus died for the lost, and His love for the lost is our example.
Kingdom Metrics is understanding that God has plans and intentions for all we do, say, think, or fail to do in response to His Word. When we go about our personal lives or organizational lives without considering the Kingdom of God, we fail to be in step with God and our work is hit or miss in regard to obeying God. Kingdom Metrics assure we are trying to understand what our partnership with God looks like. We put what He wants first and then plan for our personal or organizational activities within the context of what God wants.
When we fail to start with Kingdom Metrics we risk missing what God wants us to do. We fail to be involved in what God has planned for His creation. We need to be asking the questions:
- What does God expect from us?
- Does everything we are doing or planning fall within the context of God’s plan?
- What do we need to change in order to be more Kingdom minded?
Blessings!David Watson Irving, Texas