Pray then like this:
“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
-Matthew 6:9-13 (ESV)
When I read the word “kingdom” my first thought is of Medieval times with Kings and Queens and serfs and castles and moats and such, but that’s not at all what Jesus was talking about. A kingdom was the people and the land under the authority and rule of a King. A Kingdom was the area under the dominion of the King. There are still some oligarchies and monarchies out there, but no matter the country’s leadership structure, each country and people group has their own culture.
When I read “Your Kingdom come” I think of “Your Culture come”.
I love studying culture. It’s so intriguing to me how culture can influence so much of a person’s life, often without us realizing it. I was raised in a culture where you don’t talk to people you just don’t know. Now I live in Texas where people are very friendly. I had no idea what to do the first time I was in the grocery store and a random patron said “hi, how are you?” to me. I was flabbergasted, I realized that the culture here was far different from the one I had grown accustomed to.
What’s the culture of God?
Regardless of the culture we were born into or currently live in, the Kingdom culture should supersede that. Culture also goes beyond personality. Whether you’re bubbly and extroverted or an introverted storm cloud or some combination, you are tasked with being a conduit for the Kingdom to come. If you are really good at loving people one on one, do more of that. If you have a passion for justice ask the Lord how you can use that for his glory. If you work for a difficult person, see it as an opportunity to bring a culture of honor to a work place that may be severely lacking in that department. The amazing thing is that when we begin to live out this God-culture, God’s will is done. We have the ability and the authority to bring the culture of God to each and every situation, infusing light and life in all we do.
As Christians, children and name-carriers of God we have the opportunity to bring a Kingdom culture to our world, honoring the amazing name of our loving Father.
To go deeper: Read Countercultural
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