In reading my Bible this morning, I stopped at a passage in the book of Matthew, where Jesus gave his disciples an outline for prayer. I was struck by the words, “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.”
I thought, Yes Lord. I can’t wait for you to reign in this world. I can’t wait for your kingdom to come to this earth. Everywhere I look there is sickness, discontent, unhappiness, unkindness, anger—so much evil. We need God in this world.
Were these words meant to be more than a plea? As I pray and want Jesus’ kingdom to be fulfilled on this earth, shouldn’t I—as a sinner saved by the grace of God—be playing a part in its implementation?
Some years ago, many Christians wore a bracelet with the initials WWJD on it as the reminder to think “What would Jesus do?” Well, what would he do if he were walking in my shoes today?
What will I do today as a resident of his kingdom? Not being particularly brave. Nothing on my agenda seems to be world-changing.
One thing I can do—as a beginning to playing a part in his kingdom:
I can encourage.
In 2 Corinthians 1:3, Paul praises God the Father who is merciful and who is the source of all comfort.
In the next verse he shows me a mission I’ve sometimes chosen to ignore. “He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.” 2 Corinthians 1:4 NLT
I rest in the peace Jesus gives. I gladly accept the Father’s comfort. I am consistently encouraged by God’s word. I am comforted by His Holy Spirit. I am encouraged regularly by my Christian brothers and sisters. This is the kingdom in the world.
- I can be aware of those around me.
- I can intentionally search out the one who needs comfort.
- I can be an encourager to the one who is disheartened.
- I can be open to every opportunity to do what Jesus would do.
Do I need to ask, what would Jesus do? He has already commanded that I love others as he has loved me. (John 15:12)
“You received without paying; give without pay.” Matthew 10:8b
In this we will see his kingdom come.