So I was reading the Lord’s prayer today. You know the one that Jesus taught his disciples.
“This, then, is how you should pray: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven…
Then I stopped. What caught my attention is the part that says ‘your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven’.
If Christians throughout history have prayed those words and we have prayed those words, you wouldn’t know it by the headlines. I don’t see it in the news. If his kingdom is coming and his will, at this time in history, is being done where is it?
I see war, talk of more war, prejudice, hate, violence, heartache, shootings, looting, abuse and the repeat button gets pushed daily.
Our Prince of Peace, more than likely, is weeping over all we hear and see in the news.
Hatred starts in the hearts of people. People start wars. People hate. People become violent. People cause heartache. People are their own worst enemy. The enemy lies within.
Where is the remedy? Where is the peace? It comes through the Prince of Peace and that is a heart issue.
We can’t legislate it, push it, create a law to follow it or demand it. Even God had laws…the Ten Commandments. They were all broken. They were broken not only by them but by us–each one of us. Maybe we didn’t break all of them but, I can pretty much guarantee, that we each have broken some of them.
Following rules are things that we do outwardly. It’s a good thing to have a plumb line and boundaries but it’s not what changes us from the inside out. Before real beauty, love, peace, community, and a ‘one another’ living together in perfect unity can ultimately be brought into the world, it has to come from REAL beauty, love, peace–all that and not only that. It’s so much more.
It’s a person. It’s not a religion, a program, a method. It’s not morality, good behavior, a good example, a good message. It’s a person.
Once that person…God himself through Christ occupies a person’s heart (the core of his being) then and only then, can the Kingdom come and his will be done. It happens one person at a time and then has the potential to spread.
When Jesus’ light breaks through the fog of someone’s earthly existence, rest is found and peace follows.
I needed a ‘Kingdom Come’ person–someone to point me to the truth. We all do. We all need truth. It’s only truth that will set us free from ourselves and that is the only power that can ultimately change our headlines, one headline at a time.
Think about the person who was your ‘Kingdom Come’ person.
Who told you about God’s love?
Who told you that you could never pay the debt or work off your sin?
Who told you that it’s been paid in full?
Who told you that you can live in joy and freedom?
Who told you that you can’t change yourself and being moral isn’t the answer?
Who told you what Jesus’ death on the cross was about?
Who told you that because he is alive and because he lives forever you will too?
Who? What? When?
And if someone never told you then I am. It’s simple. It’s Jesus.
When Jesus walked the earth, he spoke to two groups of people. He spoke to the sinners and the self-righteous religious people ( who, by the way, were sinners but they didn’t think they were). They thought that following the law could save them and make them righteous in God’s eyes. The religious people hated Jesus, because he loved ‘sinners’ and spent time with them.
The truth is both groups needed Jesus then and they need Him now.
Once we get this straight, we can become ‘Kingdom Come People.’
There’s a world out there who needs Jesus through us–me, you, us! It needs Christians to spread His LOVE. One person at a time.
Then we must pray that the seeds of love that we sow will germinate, root, and grow deep into the soil of the hearts whom we share it with so His Kingdom Can Come On Earth As It Is In Heaven.
Written by: Nancy ©pensandjournals.com
5 thoughts on “Spreading the Kingdom”
So true…so beautifully written…so good to be reminded of our call to be that person.
Yes, we all need that reminder from time to time, don’t we?
My kingdom come person was you, Nancy. 27 years ago! Praise God!
I remember when our friendship began 27 years ago, Sherry. God certainly had a plan, didn’t he?
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Since I’ve had out-of-town guests for a couple of weeks and haven’t been writing much, I thought I’d share a post that I wrote last August. I believe it’s a timely message for today too! I hope to catch up with my reading and writing next week. Until then I hope you find some inspiration and truth in this reblog. Blessings to all…