Words From The Heart: Special Weekly Reflection #45
“Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
Matthew 6:10 (ESV)
Prince Charles has been waiting for 72 years. He is the oldest longest servant heir apparent in the history of the British monarchy. One day, if his mother doesn’t outlive him, he will become King Charles III, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of her other realms and territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith. For 72 years he has been waiting. Not that his kingdom doesn’t already exist. It does. But one day it will come to him in its fullness.
This isn’t a perfect analogy, but in a sense, it is what Jesus has been waiting for for over two millennia. He is already King of course, and His kingdom already exists. He reigns and rules over the hearts and lives of all who have received Him as Saviour and Lord. His Kingdom has been established in each heart that proclaims Him as Lord. Paul describes Jesus this way in 1Timothy 6:15: “the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords.”
Theologians describe the present sense of the Kingdom of God as “now and not yet.” It is here in the lives of each follower of Jesus, but has not yet been fully established here on earth. That is why Jesus, in what we have come to call the Lord’s Prayer, instructs us to pray, “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10)
When Jesus establishes the fullness of His kingdom in the new heaven and the new earth, His reign and rule will be complete. The result will be perfection, a kingdom free of sin and sickness. Those of us who have had His kingdom established in our hearts by faith in Jesus Christ, long for that day. It is why we don’t ever feel comfortable in this world.
But here we are. Living in the “now” part of King Jesus’ Kingdom, but longing for the “not yet”. What are the implications for our daily lives?
Well, we need to be obedient to our King and begin understanding this by praying that His Kingdom would come, and His will be done on earth as it is in heaven. As we do, we will become aware of how we ought to live our lives as citizens of this eternal Kingdom. Paul says in 2 Corinthians 5:20, that we are Christ’s ambassadors. An ambassador is someone who represents their native land in a foreign country, not taking on the culture of that country, but speaking up and living as a representative of their own.
As we live in a world that is deeply affected by sin and disease, made even more obvious in the midst of a pandemic, we are ambassadors of a Kingdom that, when it comes in its fullness, will be free of sin, disease and longing. If we represent it well, many will be attracted to that Kingdom and its King. Let’s represent our King well!
I’m Bob Beasley, and these have been words from the heart.