It’s another red letter day and I am excited to share with you today. I want to link a couple scriptures that are speaking to me right now. The first is Jesus’ words as He commissions the 12 to go out and do ministry.
And as you go, preach, saying, 'The kingdom of heaven is at hand.' Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. Freely you received, freely give. - Matthew 10:7-8 NASB
When Jesus sent the 12 out, He sent them to bring the kingdom of God to the man on the street. At the same time He told them to heal the sick, raise the dead, clean the lepers and cast out demons.
Are these things related?
Does this same type of activity mark the arrival of the kingdom of God in a life? Or did Jesus send the boys out with two different agendas? Is the inner work of the Spirit the only mark of the kingdom – reign – of Christ in a life, or do these other manifestations still accompany the King’s rule?
I am convinced that these are all signs of the coming of the kingdom of heaven.
As I pondered this, Jesus’ model prayer comes to mind.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
Matthew 6:10 NASB
And so I pray today:
Your kingdom – Your reign – come, Lord Jesus, Your will be done in me, here and now, as it is in heaven.
Will you join me in this prayer today?
Come Lord Jesus.