Friday, September 25
The Kingdom of God
Scripture: Ezra 4, Psalm 113, 127, Luke 9
Luke 9:2 Then he sent them out to tell everyone about the Kingdom of God and to heal the sick.
Jesus sent His disciples on their first mission trip to “tell everyone about the Kingdom of God and to heal the sick.” Jesus, the King, brings the Kingdom to those who believe and follow. He described the effects of the Kingdom in Luke 4 when He quoted Isaiah 61 and said that He came to “proclaim good news to poor…freedom for prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind; to set the oppressed free and to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
Jesus taught us to pray, “May Your Kingdom come, may Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” This is classic Hebrew parallelism. The first phrase, “May Your Kingdom come,” is matched and explained by the second, “may Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” God’s Kingdom is where His will is done. When we proclaim the Kingdom of God, we call people into relationship with the King and to doing the will of God.
As Jesus’ followers, we live to do His will. We proclaim His Kingdom. And we live in His Kingdom as we do His will or seek to bring His will to pass. We work to heal the sick, to free the oppressed and imprisoned, to lift the poor, and to work for justice and righteousness and peace. We do all this in His name, as His representatives, seeking to bring others into the Kingdom (into relationship with the King), and working with them to do His will “on earth as in heaven.”
Let this vision grip your heart and inflame your imagination! What would it look like to see God’s will done in our homes, communities, nation and world? That’s worth giving your life to!
Prayer: Lord, help us to live with this Kingdom perspective, and do what our King wants done in every situation.