“Our Father which art in heaven, hollowed be thy name. Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:9-10) We know these words from the “Lord’s Prayer” by heart. What does it require for His Kingdom to come? In addition, do we mean when we pray, “Thy Kingdom come?”
Did you know you could actually live in Kingdom Come? Yes, there is a place in Kentucky called Kingdom Come. The Kingdom Come State Park in KY is located between Whitesville and Pineville on highway 119. It is a real place!
Of course, that is not exactly what it means to pray God’s Kingdom to come on earth as it is in heaven. The Kingdom of God was the heart of Jesus’ message. He commanded His disciples to put the Kingdom above everything else.
Jesus said, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33) Another version says, “Set your mind on God’s kingdom and his justice before everything else, and all the rest will come to you as well.” (NEB)
Praying for His Kingdom to come and seeking the Kingdom of God and His righteousness is the heart of what it means to follow Jesus! His Kingdom “comes” in our lives when we do His will, worship His name, and celebrated His lordship. The Kingdom comes when the King is enthroned and worshiped.
What will it look like when His Kingdom is a reality in our lives? There are three biblical indicators of His Kingdom in our lives.
The first evidence of God’s Kingdom coming is the Convicting Presence of God’s Spirit. When God’s Kingdom comes into our lives, there is an overwhelming sense of His presence continually. The Holy Spirit is constantly at work to shape us into His likeness. According to Philippians 2:13, He is at work in us “both to will and to do of His good pleasure.” The only way Philippians 4:13 will work (I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.) is for 2:13 to become a reality. Paul urged the Ephesian believers not to “grieve” the Holy Spirit who had “sealed them unto the day of redemption,” to “walk in love,” and to “walk as children of light.” The only way this will happen is when we are filled and controlled by the Spirit. (Ephesians 5:18).
The second evidence that God’s Kingdom has come is the Controlling Power of His Love. When God’s Kingdom comes, God’s love overpowers and controls our hearts and minds. Paul declares in 2 Corinthians 5:14, “For the love of Christ constrains (controls) us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead.” He also said in Philippians. 2:5, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.”
A third indicator of the Kingdom coming in a person’s life is the Compelling Purpose of God’s Son. When God’s Kingdom comes there is an acute awareness of His purpose and plan for our lives. In Ephesians 2:8-10, Paul says, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. The point is, we are God’s workmanship and are created/designed to serve Him.”
Jesus told His disciples in John 20:21 “. . . Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.” The Apostle Peter declared, “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” 1 Peter 2:9
What does it look like to live in Kingdom Come? There will be a convicting presence of God’s Spirit, a controlling power of His love, and a compelling purpose of God’s Son. God desires His Kingdom to come in our lives.
We know one day Jesus will return, and with His coming, the fullness of the Kingdom of God will be realized. Until then, we must strive to live in the presence, power and purpose of the King, and doing so, live in Kingdom Come!