“Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:10
Jesus taught us that the kingdom of God is a present and future reality. It is a realized eschatology. The kingdom is eternal, universal, spiritual, and personal. There is an inauguration, a continuation, and a coming consummation of the kingdom.
God’s kingdom comes when we value the things God values- when grace abounds, when truth prevails, when mercy reigns, and when justice rolls. In short, His kingdom advances wherever we allow the King be the Ruler of our lives. All the while we live between the glorious tension of heaven and earth, between the “already” and the “not yet”. I am heaven-bound yet still here. I am forgiven yet still a sinner. I have the hope of heaven and yet I experience pain and sorrow. I join all of creation groaning and longing for redemption.
Every day we live between the Promise of God and the fulfillment of the Promise. Until then, we must live by faith and not by sight. We must put on a new pair of glasses. We see what God sees. We love what He loves and hate what He hates. I see our broken world and determine that I am part of God’s solution. “Here am I Lord, send me.”