If God has a kingdom that means he is a king. Since the Son is the exact representation of God (Hebrews 1:3), Jesus is our King.

I remember reading someone’s response to Jesus’ Kingship which went something like this: “I don’t mind Jesus being King as long as I’m Prime Minister”. But Jesus is not a ceremonial King—He is Lord, the Ruler, the one in charge. The word for Lord in the Greek is the same word as the word owner. Jesus is our Owner as Paul reminds us, “You are not your own; you were bought at a price” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). It is a hard concept to accept. If we claim Jesus is Lord of our lives it means we abdicated and submit to Jesus the King. We surrendered the ruling of our lives to Jesus and we do so in response to his great sacrificial love for us. Jesus could rightfully claim his ownership of our lives but he has given us the choice because true love doesn’t coerce.

Since Jesus is King he has plans, a timetable and an agenda which will bring about God’s purposes. However his plans are not like my plans. My plans are small, short term, stress relieving plans design to make my life more comfortable whereas God’s plans are to restore, redeem and to recreate the world. My comfort is not high on God’s agenda! Our culture encourages us to focus on achieving those things which will add to our own kingdom, things which will add to our comfort and pleasure. We are not accustomed to putting these aside for someone else’s kingdom. However God wants me to grow more Christ-like, even if I just want a quiet life. No wonder I don’t always like God’s agenda. However God’s purposes are not thwarted by my lack of interest. He continues to work in my life bringing people and situations across my path designed to shape me into the person he wants me to be.

Jesus taught us to pray, “your kingdom come”, but do we realize in so doing we are asking for our kingdoms to go?

This is part of a synchroblog about the kingdom of God. Links to other blogs on this subject are here:

Jeff Goins (Non-denominational Christian) of Pilgrimage of the Heart on The Kingdom of God: Now and Not Yet

Beth Patterson (Non churched follower of Christ) of Virtual Tea House on What it’s like rather than what it is

Timothy Victor (Christian) of Tim Victor’s Musings on The
reign of Godde

Nic Paton (fundamentalist, charismatic, liberationist, apophatic,
heterodox) of soundandsilence on The “Kingdom”: of God

Bryan Riley (nondenominational follower of Jesus and YWAMer) of Charis Shalom on Multiple Bloggers on the Kingdom of God

Liz Dyer (follower of Jesus Christ) on Grace Rules The Kingdom of God is at Hand

Matt Stone (Christian) on Glocal Christianity The only Christian nation is the Kingdom of God

Phil Wyman (Non-denominational Christian) of Square no more on Jesus as the Archetype Shaman(Part 2): A Nostalgia for Paradise

Stephen Hayes (Orthodox Christian) of Khanya on Kingdom, power and glory

Ronald van der Bergh (Dutch Reformed) of Ronalds Footnotes on Notes on “the Kingdom of God” in the New Testament

Susan Barnes (Christian currently attending a Baptist church) of
Abooklook on My kingdom goes

and two more:
Andrew Hendrikse (Christian) of Feotu on “The Kingdom of God is…”

K.W. Leslie (Christian/Pentecostal/Assemblies of God) of The Evening of Kent on Politics and the Kingdom of God

and a really late one:
Ellen Haroutunian (Follower of Jesus) of Ellen Haroutunian on Thoughts on the Kingdom

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