Focus: Yours is the kingdom
Matthew 6:9-13 (NKJV) Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done. On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom, and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
In the closing words of the prayer Jesus taught His disciples to pray, the statement, “For Yours is the kingdom,” seems to give an answer to everything that has been said up to this point.
It is because ‘our Father’ has the right to rule His kingdom, that we have the reason to say, “Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done. On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”
If the kingdom and the right to rule didn’t belong to ‘our Father’, we wouldn’t be able to acknowledge and ask the prime things we are acknowledging and asking in this prayer.
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It might seem obvious that the kingdom and the right to rule belong to our Father. It might also seem obvious that we, as believers, should be a part of His kingdom—but, here is where we really need to take another look at who He is and who we are—and exactly how who we are should be affected by who He is.
If Jesus is saying that the kingdom belongs to our Father, then it is our Father’s right to rule over what is His. If we belong to Him, then He should be the ruler over everything we are and all we think we own.
Isn’t it strange that we find it so hard to surrender to God what is already His—things we think belong to us.
Jesus modeled the kind of life we should delight to live. In John 12:26, Jesus says, “If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me (do what I do); and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor.”
If anyone truly serves Jesus, then the kingdom of God has come to reign and rule in their heart. If the kingdom of God has come to reign and rule in a person’s heart, then they become enlightened with the knowledge that all they are and all they have belongs to our Father.
We can be quick to agree with that statement, yet how willing are we to lay down all we are and all we have?
A person with righteous arrogance likes to brag about being an heir of the kingdom. Truthfully, being an heir to the kingdom of God is something that should bring us to our knees and keep us there…humble before the One who owns it all. Hebrews 12:28-29 says, “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. For our God is a consuming fire.”
If everything we are and all that we have belongs to our Father, shouldn’t we be a lot more accountable to Him than we are? Shouldn’t we ask His permission before we engage in any activity? Shouldn’t we consult with Him about the way we spend any of His money? Shouldn’t we be much more grateful than we are about what He places in our hands?
God help us, we are so far from where we should be in terms of spiritual consciousness and maturity. It’s so easy for us to model our Christian walk after the example of other Christians who we respect and look up to. In God’s sight, that would be idolatry. No one should be so bold as to say to another person, ‘Live by my example.’ There is only one example we should live by.
The only way we can begin to grasp the meaning of “Yours is the kingdom,” is by following the directions given in Hebrews 12:1-2. “…Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
The kingdom, including every created thing in it—belong to God.
Declaration: I will find new strength by realizing I am nothing apart from God and that all I have belongs to Him.
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