Part Six talked about the respect we are to have for the name of The Lord. Today we will get our marching orders as we go about spreading the gospel into all the land as Jesus dictates.
“your kingdom come” (Matthew 6:10 NIV)
Someday Jesus will return to the earth and set up His Kingdom. Until that time, we are to be working to build His Kingdom. In Hebrews 11:9-10 the Bible says, “By faith he [Abraham] made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.”
Just as Abraham did not put down permanent roots where he was, we are not to be too comfortable here in this world. God does not begrudge us possessions and comforts, but we must not allow anything to come between God and us. Abraham could not love Isaac more than he loved God; he had to be willing to give him up should God require. Instead of spending our time solely on ourselves, we are to be about the Father’s business until Jesus returns. And what is that business, exactly?
Jesus commanded his disciples to “go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19) and our mission is the same. When we pray, “Your kingdom come” we are really saying, Lord, what can we do for You to further Your purposes in this world? I will do whatever is required. Let us say, as Isaiah did in Isaiah 6:8, “here I am Lord, send me.”
Father, thank You for allowing us to work for and further Your kingdom. Help us to see the ones who are hurting and need Your love. Let us be bold for You and to declare the name of Jesus as the only name that save unashamed and unapologetically. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Thank you for coming along on this journey with me. Next time we will talk about God’s will for us and what action is required on our part as we partner with Almighty God and allow Him to do all that He desires for us.
Yours in Christ,
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