The Truth Life: Have You Let Go of Your Own Kingdom?


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Have You Let Go of Your Own Kingdom?

Learning to Pray Thy Kingdom Come, Lord

by Veritas Vita 777


Have you prayed to let your kingdom go? I saw this quote today from British evangelist, pastor, and author Alan Redpath. It made me stop and ask myself that question. “Before we can pray, ‘Thy Kingdom come,’ we must be willing to pray, ‘My kingdom go.’” I never really thought about my kingdom versus God’s Kingdom until two years ago. Seeing this quote brought that thought home again today.


Pastor David Jeremiah wrote, “First and foremost, God’s Kingdom is God’s right to rule. Yes, it will be a geographical Kingdom one day in the Millennium. But for now, God’s Kingdom is within us, or in our midst.”


12 Therefore He said: “A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and to return. 13 So he called ten of his servants, delivered to them ten [a]minas, and said to them, ‘Do business till I come.’ 14 But his citizens hated him, and sent a delegation after him, saying, ‘We will not have this man to reign over us.’
15 “And so it was that when he returned, having received the kingdom, he then commanded these servants, to whom he had given the money, to be called to him, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading. 16 Then came the first, saying, ‘Master, your mina has earned ten minas.’ 17 And he said to him, ‘Well done, good servant; because you were faithful in a very little, have authority over ten cities.’ 18 And the second came, saying, ‘Master, your mina has earned five minas.’ 19 Likewise he said to him, ‘You also be over five cities.’
20 “Then another came, saying, ‘Master, here is your mina, which I have kept put away in a handkerchief. 21 For I feared you, because you are [b]an austere man. You collect what you did not deposit, and reap what you did not sow.’ 22 And he said to him, ‘Out of your own mouth I will judge you, you wicked servant. You knew that I was an austere man, collecting what I did not deposit and reaping what I did not sow. 23 Why then did you not put my money in the bank, that at my coming I might have collected it with interest?’
24 “And he said to those who stood by, ‘Take the mina from him, and give it to him who has ten minas.’ 25 (But they said to him, ‘Master, he has ten minas.’) 26 ‘For I say to you, that to everyone who has will be given; and from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. 27 But bring here those enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, and slay them before me.’” (Luke 19:11-27, NKJV)

In Luke 19, 11-27, Jesus told the parable of the minas because they incorrectly assumed that the Kingdom of God would appear immediately (See: vs 11). Jesus wanted to dispel the disciple’s assumption that God’s Kingdom would be coming ‘physically and geographically’ soon.


Again, in Acts 1:6, the disciples asked Jesus if he would restore the kingdom of Israel (which they thought was the Kingdom of God that Jesus had previously referenced) at that time. Jesus responded that it was not for them to know the times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. (See: Acts 1:4-8). After speaking these things (in Acts), Jesus ascended into Heaven.


Forsaking My Own Kingdom


Living my life, working hard, and preparing for my future here on earth is not wrong. It’s good to be an honorable steward of all that God has given me. However, if I want to continue to grow in my walk with the Lord – and be found faithful – it’s important for me to forsake my own kingdom and seek God’s Kingdom in my life even now.


That means I need to stay focused on God; cultivate my walk with the Lord; follow the leading of the Holy Spirit; spend time in prayer, praise, and Bible reading; show love to others as God loves me; be a force for unity among believers; and serve God as He leads.


This definitely gives me a lot to think about today. Have you let go of your own kingdom in exchange for seeking God’s Kingdom in your life today?



Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.

 

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