Journey to the Cross–March 22

“Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” (Mt. 6:10, NIV)

Jesus talked a lot about His coming, future kingdom. But He also described the kingdom as being near, now, and in us. This Lenten season you have spent a lot of time reflecting on how Jesus lived— and how He invites you share in that lifestyle. You’ve probably discovered some places where your heart and life already line up with Him pretty well; chances are you’ve also become aware places where you’d like to experience more transformation and growth.

When you pray the Lord’s prayer—especially the part about His kingdom coming—keep in mind your personal role in bringing this kingdom to earth. As King Jesus is honored, loved, and obeyed in your life, His kingdom comes to earth in your sphere of influence. You will bring a piece of His kingdom to your family, school, workplace, church, and community, simply by letting Him live His life, His way, through you.

Where has He been challenging you to live more in line with His kingdom values these past few weeks? Is He inviting you more deeply into service, spiritual intimacy, humility, mercy, love, generosity, holy living, or dependence on the Holy Spirit? Ask Him to give you a vision of how your transformation in this area will help to bring His kingdom and will “on earth as it is in heaven.” Then ask Him to do it—for you, first, but then also for your family and church.

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