Kingdom’s Advance

Kingdoms advance

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)

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

Relate: When the disciples asked their master to teach them to pray, Jesus gave them a model that included three divine requests: “Let Your Name be made holy. Let Your Kingdom come. Let Your will be done. On earth as it is in heaven.” This tracks with what He was doing in His ministry. Everywhere Jesus went, He was busy about three things: 1) Healing the sick, 2) Teaching, 3) Announcing the arrival of the Kingdom. So, when Jesus shows up, the Kingdom has arrived. From the moment He breathed His first breath, the Kingdom of God had been advancing and invading the kingdoms of this world. There was no stopping it. But Jesus left. He has returned to heaven. So when we pray “Let Your Kingdom come”, how does it happen?

React: In a word, us. Paul writes in Romans that we Christians are predestined to be conformed into His (Jesus’) image. That means, the further we go in our walk with Christ, the more we are His image bearers. We are His representatives. We are the yeast that saturates everything and as we allow God to infect our hearts like yeast, we also will infect our world with His Kingdom with every footstep we take. It is impossible to keep God out of the workplace. Wherever Christians are employed, God is there. It is impossible to keep God out of politics. Every time a Christian casts a ballot, they are bringing God into their decision. Every Christian who takes office infects the entire system with the Kingdom. It is impossible to keep God out of sports, or Hollywood, or literature, or…

It began with one man. A few years later it exploded when a hundred individuals locked in an attic were infected with His Spirit after ten days of prayer and fasting. They spread that infection of the Kingdom into a few thousand others that Pentecost day. In turn it was scattered all around the Roman world turning it upside down. For two thousand years the enemy has found himself on the defensive and he is losing ground. Will I do my part in the Kingdom’s advance? Will you?

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.

 

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6 thoughts on “Kingdom’s Advance

  1. Another good message for each of us. As you mentioned, we are to be transformed into the image of Christ. The Spirit of Jesus works in us for that to happen, we need to be willing. Scripture also tells us we are “Ambassadors of Christ”, therefore we have quite a responsibility, but we are not alone. Again, we have the Spirit of Christ, and we have other Believers in Christ. We need that accountability factor to hold us to the Way of Truth as well. God’s Blessings my Friend. Keep on spreading the True Word of God.

  2. If we do as He commands: “Take up our cross and follow Him,” we can not help but do our part. For the closer we are to Him with our contrite hearts, that which makes up our cross must fall away, as the dross that encases gold is burned away; so we too will be purified as gold. And that unjaded character is what we will possess as we deal with others; and in so doing will show Christ to others through us.
    -Alan

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