When we pray “your kingdom come… on earth as it is in heaven,” we are praying to participate in the kingdom story so we can become like the king of the story. His ways, his life, his attitude become ours (Phillipians 2:5). (Gray, Derwin, “God, Do You Hear Me?” pg 107)
Good morning Friends! Today we start looking at Dr. Derwin Gray’s breakdown of what it means when we pray “your kingdom come, your will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven.” In Chapter 7 of “God, Do You Hear Me?,” Dr. Gray is explaining what the Kingdom story is and how we are all part of it, which is a point I have made time and time again. This is not our story, this is God’s story. But we all have our own sub-plot, and we get to choose what role we want to play. Did you ever participate in a play when you were a kid? In the auditorium when they pulled out an old chest full of costumes and you get to pick which one you want to put on? Did you ever notice that no one ever goes for the villain role right away? Everybody wants to be the hero, at least that’s the way I remember it.
Well, participating in God’s storyline is just like that, except we pick the roles we want to be in our lives. No one is destined to be a villain. It’s a choice many make, sometimes out of necessity, often because they know nothing else. God has created all of us to be heroes in His story, to grow the Kingdom of Heaven and protect His creations. No matter how small your part in this play is, your part means everything to God. You have the script to this play (the Bible) at your fingertips right now. Read it, learn it, live it every single day. Step into the role God created you for: to grow the church, live the Gospel, and love, love, love.
The song below was the spotlight single from Spotify’s New Music Christian Playlist. It’s a wonderful new song from Andy Cherry, part of a beautiful track list from Mr. Cherry’s new album, “Invocation.” This is Mr. Cherry’s third album, which comes after a ten-year hiatus. “Invocation” was definitely worth the wait. You can listen to the entire album by clicking here.