“Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” (Luke 11:2)
Many believe that there are two aspects of God’s kingdom:
– His future kingdom
– His present kingdom
1) God’s Future Kingdom
The Bible teaches us that the day is coming when Christ will return to this earth to rule and reign. Consider what we read from scripture:
Isaiah 9:6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever.
One day, Jesus will return to this earth and establish a kingdom that will never end. Peter describes it as a kingdom where ‘righteousness dwells.’ (2 Peter 3:13)Every time we pray ‘thy kingdom come’, we are expressing our longing for that day.
2) God’s Present Kingdom
But there is also another aspect to God’s kingdom. There is the kingdom of God that is a part of our lives today. Consider the following passage of scripture.
One day the Pharisees asked Jesus, “When will the Kingdom of God come?” Jesus replied, “The Kingdom of God can’t be detected by visible signs. You won’t be able to say, ‘Here it is!’ or ‘It’s over there!’ For the Kingdom of God is already among you.” (Luke 17:20-21)
Jesus said, “The Kingdom of God is already among you.”Some translations say, “the kingdom of God is within you.”Though Jesus will one day rule over all the earth, He should be ruling in our lives today. Every time I pray “Thy kingdom come”, I think not only about some future time when Christ comes to rule and reign, I also think about His rule over my live each and every day. I want Christ to be as much a king in my life today as He will be on this earth someday.
God bless you my brethren.