Sermon on the Mount
“Your Kingdom Come. Your Will Be Done”
May 29, 2011
Matthew 6:10 Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
In Jesus’ day there was a mistaken understanding about Messiah’s mission. The Jews of Jesus’ day believed that the Messiah would come to overthrow the Roman Empire and that He would establish His earthly Kingdom by force. But the true mission of Christ was to establish a spiritual kingdom and not an earthly Kingdom. He came that men might establish His Kingdom in their hearts and not their politics.
When we look at the Kingdom we see that the Kingdomof Godis here and now and it is yet to come. John the Baptist proclaimed “Repent for theKingdom ofGod is at hand” (Matt 3:2) as an introduction of Jesus to the world. When Jesus began His ministry in Matthew 4:17, He proclaimed this truth as well “Repent for theKingdom ofGod is at hand.” Christ came to establish His kingdom among His people in the present but He is also preparing a place for us that is beyond this present reality.
The term “Kingdom” signifies the ‘being,’ ‘nature,’ and ‘state’ of the king. And secondly, the term signifies that “the dignity of the king is expressed in the territory ruled by Him.” In essence, the Kingdomof Godis expressed through God’s authority, rule and Lordship being manifested not only in us but through us as well. As His people, we are an expression of His authority, rule and Lordship in our lives.
The term “God’s will” signifies the revelation of His purposes and His plans in our lives. In prayer, we surrender our will and our purposes to His will and His purposes so that we might gain His understanding and guidance.
When we pray “Your Kingdom Come, Your will be done” we are praying for His authority, rule and Lordship to be established in every area of our lives: We are praying for His kingdom and His will to be established in:
- In me– Thekingdom ofGod and the will of God must first be established in me. When we pray we are asking that God will be revealed to me and then be worked out through me so that theKingdom ofGod becomes an active part of our lives. His authority, rule and Lordship must be manifested in me.
- In my actions – When the Kingdom of God and the Will of God are worked out in me then my actions will begin to reflect Kingdom mindedness. My actions as a believer will be like an ambassador or representative of God’s Kingdom. We see this expressed in Paul’s writings of 1 Corinthians 5:20 “Therefore we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through is.” As ambassadors, we are his representatives. Therefore, His authority, rule and Lordship must be revealed in all I do.
- In my circumstances – There is a revelation here that we are praying that God would not only reveal Himself in us and in our actions but that His kingdom and will would also be revealed in our circumstances. In essence, we are praying for God’s Kingdom and His will to come to the circumstances of our lives. His authority, rule and Lordship must be revealed in every situation of my life.
- In my sphere of influence – We pray also that God’s will and His Kingdom be expressed through our sphere of influence so that people see Christ in us. His authority, rule and Lordship must impact all of those that I encounter in life.
In this regard, Dallas Willard said this about the Kingdomof God. We are thinking of the places we spend our lives: of homes, playgrounds, city streets, workplaces, schools, and so forth. These are the places we have in mind, and they are where we are asking for the kingdom, God’s rule, to come and be in effect. We know our weaknesses, our limitations, our habits, and we know how tiny our power of conscious choice is. We are therefore asking that, by means beyond our knowledge and the scope of our will, we will be assisted to act within the flow of God’s actions.
The fact is; God’s kingdom is not a place, but rather a relationship. It exists wherever people enthrone Jesus as lord of their lives. (J. I Packer in Growing Disciples)
It is important to notice that it is His will and His Kingdom that must be established and not our own. This calls for us to surrender our will and understanding of issues to Him and to recognize that He is in total control and that He knows what is best for us in every circumstance.
How do we apply this? We pray for God’s will, His authority, His will and His Lordship to be revealed in every area of our lives. We do not compartmentalize our lives but we allow His entrance into every part of who we are and what we do. Our Christianity is not something that we put on and take off but we wear it daily.