Did you know that Jesus had a favorite subject? It wasn’t angels, the law, or the supernatural. Jesus loved to talk about His home. He called it the Kingdom of God. It was, in fact, the home of His Father. He also called it the Kingdom of Heaven.
Jesus taught us one specific prayer during His earthly life which completely demonstrates the importance of the Kingdom of God: “This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.’” Matthew 6:9-10 NIV
Wow, isn't that amazing? Jesus started His prayer like a letter or an email. Please allow me to paraphrase this text:
Dear Heavenly Father residing in Heaven, You are so awesome. May your Kingdom replace the one of this world.
This prayer is so radical and revolutionary because Jesus wanted the Kingdom of God to take over the kingdom of the world.
I can really relate to this story because I was born in Canada but spent a few years in Europe and many in the U.S. I loved Canada. I love maple syrup, French toast, Montreal, French fries with vinegar and so much more. When I moved to Belgium at the age of 13, I had a very rough time. The culture and food were so different. I missed my Canadian way of life.
Have you ever left your native city or country? What did you miss?
Jesus missed heaven, and He wanted to bring heaven to earth. So He healed bodies, fed the hungry and loved people. Jesus brought heaven to earth, and so can you.
As we study the Kingdom of God this week, can you imagine bringing that Kingdom to our broken world?
Jesus believes in you, and He believes in the local church. He wants you to be an ambassador for heaven. In big ways and in small ways, you can bring the culture of heaven to earth. “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.” II Corinthians 5:20 NIV
You are Christ’s ambassador, and you are a miracle.