The Kingdom’s Advance (4/9/13)

Read: Deuteronomy 33:1-29, Luke 13:1-21, Psalm 78:65-72, Proverbs 12:25

He also asked, “What else is the Kingdom of God like? It is like the yeast a woman used in making bread. Even though she put only a little yeast in three measures of flour, it permeated every part of the dough.” (Luke 13:20-21)

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Relate: A couple months back I looked at another example of how yeast can be an analogy of how sin spreads in our life. (Yeast Infection) The same is also true of the Kingdom of God. In the Lord’s Prayer we are taught to pray, “Let Your Name be made holy. Let Your Kingdom come. Let Your will be done. On earth as it is in heaven.” How does God’s Kingdom come on earth?

When Jesus began His ministry, He went around doing three things: 1) healing the sick, 2) teaching 3) announcing the arrival of the Kingdom. From the moment He breathed His first breath, the Kingdom of God has been invading the kingdoms of this world and they have been on the defensive ever since. But Jesus left. How does His Kingdom continue to advance?

React: The answer to both of those is us. Romans says we are predestined to be conformed into His image. That means, the further we go in our walk with Christ, the more we are His image bearers… His representatives. We are the yeast and as we allow God to spread into every area of our lives, His Kingdom spreads everywhere we go. It is not possible to keep God out of the workplace. For that to happen, every Christian would need to be unemployed because He is in us and, through us, He is infecting our world. It is not possible to keep God out of politics. Every Christian that votes brings Him with them into the ballot box. It is not possible to keep God out of sports or the movies or literature or… you name it.

What began with one man, and became a hundred locking themselves in an attic, who spread the infection of the Kingdom into a few thousand on Pentecost, who scattered and turned the Roman world upside down within a generation, continues on today. We are a part of a legacy of the advancing of the kingdom of God. For two thousand years the enemy has been on the defensive and He is losing ground. Will I do my part?

Respond: 

Our Father in heaven, let Your Name be made holy on earth and in my life as it is in heaven. Let Your Kingdom come on earth and in my life as it is in heaven. Let Your will be done on earth and in my life as it is in heaven. I have a torch to carry, a legacy to continue. Let me be faithful to hold it high and continue it faithfully. Give me for today my daily bread so that I will not get complacent in riches or distracted in lack. Forgive me when I sin and help me to forgive others who have done wrong to me. Help me to avoid temptation. Deliver me from the evil one. Yours is the glory. Yours is the power. Yours is the Kingdom. Here. Now. And through eternity. Amen.

12 thoughts on “The Kingdom’s Advance (4/9/13)

  1. Its so true, we cannot decide where and when to include God. He is part of everything we do as far as we are born again. Thanks for this.. may God help us to indeed put in Him first!

  2. Thanks, BJ. I’m enjoying your blog. Are you by chance reading the ‘One Year Bible”? I’ve noticed that many times your blog uses the scriptures we have read for the day. In fact, my husband,(also BJ), had made a similar comment about the Kingdom in the past few days. Good to know the Lord is speaking the same in NY as well as Mississippi. Blessings to your new church as you extend the Kingdom in your sphere of influence!

  3. Great insight into the scripture verse, .always love your concluding prayer. Thanks for your earnest devotion. Appreciate the proverb. Shalom.

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