“your kingdom come” (mt 6:10)
“Blessed are you poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.” —Luke 6:20, RSV-CE
Moments before He was crucified and saved us, Jesus told Pontius Pilate: “My kingdom does not belong to this world” (Jn 18:36). Jesus put it mildly, for Jesus’ kingdom is as different from the world’s kingdoms as the heavens are above the earth (see Is 55:9). Consider the following differences:
- The poor have God’s kingdom now (Lk 6:20).
- The hungry, the weeping, and the persecuted are blessed (Lk 6:20-22).
- Those married do not seek divorces (see 1 Cor 7:27).
- Those in God’s kingdom recognize that “the world as we know it is passing away” (1 Cor 7:31).
THE WORLD’S KINGDOMS
- The rich possess the world’s kingdoms and are possessed by them.
- The full, the amused, and the popular are enjoying themselves (see Lk 6:24-26)
- Those married often seek divorces and those who are
single often date with a view to promiscuity.
- Those in the world’s kingdoms deny reality and history; they act as if this world will last forever.
There are several thousand more differences between God’s kingdom and the world’s kingdoms. Seek first and only God’s kingdom (see Mt 6:33).
Prayer: King Jesus, I sell everything to be in Your kingdom (Mt 13:44-46).
Promise: “The time is short.” —1 Cor 7:29
Praise: John turns down promotions rather than sacrifice family time.
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