“In this manner, therefore, pray: 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 forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”
“This world is not my home, I’m just a passin’ through, my treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue. The angels beckon me from heaven’s open door and I can’t feel at home in this world anymore.”
The words that open the gospel hymn, “This World Is Not My Home,” speak to a reality that ought to beat in the heart of every Christian, but sadly most of those claiming to be sons and daughters of God give evidence everyday that they’re really more interested in being citizens of sin filled planet earth than they are in entering the heavenly homeland they claim to have adopted.
Jesus, in the prayer he taught in the sermon of the mount, taught an undivided loyalty and longing for our heavenly homeland. “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
There is within these concisely worded phrases a clearly expressed desire for the uncontested reign and rule of God to be extended into territory now dominated by sin. Christ, as he prays these words, is praying for the hearts and homes of his disciples as well as for the people that he’s called them to proclaim his gospel to throughout the whole world, to have the blessing of God’s will reigning supreme. Is our heart honestly echoing the prayer coming from the heart of our Savior?
There’s no question that the majority of those reading this post know that their hearts ought to desire that God’s kingdom would come and that his will would be done, but what we ought to want and what we actually want aren’t always the same.
The danger of a divided desire is illustrated by the result of Lot’s wife yearning for the comforts and pleasures of Sodom even as she fled from its destruction. She was destroyed with the cities of the plain as with a longing look her heart reached back for her earthly home.
Our desire for Christ and heaven must be uncontaminated with any desire for the things of this world if we’re ever to enter the city of God. How can this uncontested longing for heaven become the cadence of the beating of our hearts? How can we be purged of the yearning we have for the trappings, attractions, and achievements of this world?
Begin by praying the prayer, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done,” and keep praying it until your Heavenly Father has answered it in your heart, and do as the apostle Paul advised us to do in Hebrews chapter twelve, fix your eyes upon Jesus, the author and the perfecter of your faith. Its the working of your Father in heaven and that beautiful view of Jesus that will transform your desires and purify them to only want one thing. Jesus. Jesus. More of Jesus.