Alright, post four in the Lord’s Prayer series. So far we’ve gone through, “Our Father, who art in Heaven, Hallowed by thy name,” Now we’re going to look at, “thy Kingdom come.” What do you imagine when you hear this prayer? I want to talk about that today.
When I hear that prayer, I instantly think of surrender, of letting go of our own kingdoms, or in other words, our own desires. When I picture a kingdom I see a large city, with some sort of palace in the center. Jesus says the kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure in a field which man has found and covered up. And in the joy of finding this treasure, he goes and sells everything he owns to buy that field.
We have to ask ourselves, “What is it about this kingdom that a wealthy man will sell all he has to have it?” It’s because this man found the true treasure. A treasure far greater than any earthly thing could give.
So another question comes to mind: Why aren’t we seeking after it? If the kingdom of God is the greatest treasure, why are we always settling for mediocrity? We’re constantly trying to build and further our own kingdoms. We gain all the riches of this world, yet we never seem satisfied.
Our kingdoms are like the house which a man built upon the sand. Living in a fallen world, there’s no solid ground to build anything upon, so when the waves start rolling in, or to put it in modern terms, when the debts start rolling in, it falls apart and gets washed out to sea. But the kingdom of God, found not in this world, is like the house which a man built on the rock. The waves wash against it, but unlike sand, a rock can’t be easily moved, so it stands firm.
The riches of this world, our own kingdoms, are only temporary, and some day we’re going to have to let them go. But the kingdom of Heaven is eternal. It keeps on satisfying for now and forever.
So why do we keep missing it? Why are we focused on building our own kingdoms? I believe it’s because we don’t want to let them go. We can control the kingdoms we build, and we don’t want to give that up. It’s what gives us our worth. Without our kingdoms, what are we? That’s why when I hear the words, “Let your kingdom come,” I hear complete and utter surrender or all control and power, to the one who made it all.
And it shouldn’t be so hard, because our kingdoms are worthless anyway. All the riches of this world, they’re only meant to serve one purpose: to point to the one who made them. Jesus. The greatest treasure of them all. Christ’s love shown on the cross.
So let’s let go of our own kingdoms. Lets give them all to Christ, and lets press forward to His. “Let your kingdom come.” Complete and total surrender.
God Bless, and thanks for reading!