From Pastor Steve's Desk
Your Kingdom Come!
The kingdom of God is vastly different than any earthly kingdom that has ever existed or ever will exist. Earthly kingdoms are under the sway of sovereigns whose power is limited, whose wisdom is finite, whose character is imperfect and those kingdoms will inevitably decline.
But God’s kingdom is far more than a geopolitical entity or piece of history. In Psalm 145:13, David described the Kingdom of God as “An Everlasting Kingdom.” God’s Kingdom is unending, universal, personal, and His dominion over it will endure throughout all generations.
We must keep these truths in mind when we pray “Your kingdom come.” When we follow Jesus’ example and pray like this, one of the things we are asking is that God’s sovereign rule might increasingly be established in our hearts and lives. We are praying that those who know Christ might live in increasing, joyful submission to His rule.
The believer’s worldview must be vastly different from that of the culture. Today’s Western culture praises personal achievement and self-sufficiency. We’re encouraged to believe that we are the masters of our own destinies. But when we become citizens of God’s kingdom when we humble ourselves and ask Jesus to take His rightful place upon the throne of our hearts—a revolution takes place.
First, we are made alive in the spirit. Paul exclaims in 1 Cor. 15:22, “For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.” This is the means by which we enter the everlasting spiritual Kingdom of God. There are many who are confused about the essence of the Christian faith. They have misconstrued the Bible to be a moral code which if they follow, will grant them entrance into heaven. As theologian Leonard Ravenhill elucidated, Jesus did not come into the world to make bad men good; he came into the world to make dead men alive. We are made alive by becoming “partakers of the divine nature” (2 Peter 1:4).
Second, we are now followers of Christ and not our own self-centered passions. Paul proclaims in 2 Cor. 5:14-15, “For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died: and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.”
We live and operate in a different realm than the kingdom of this world. It is helpful to understand the differences when we are talking to those who are in the world.