“Let your kingdom come, thy will be done….”
This is what I have found to be one of the most enthralling quotes from the Bible here lately, a portion of the Lords prayer. This one line has provided me with so many lessons.
But here is the latest one: Attitude.
Guys, we are people made in Gods image. My greatest desire is to help broaden His kingdom. The day I see my Heavenly Father, I honestly cannot even fathom what it will be like.. the most glorious moment of my life I am sure.
So, I te-totally believe that our job here on this Earth is to advance Gods kingdom, to show people that living with Christ inside of our hearts makes the entire difference, that with God on our side who can be against us, that with an unshakable faith what is there to ever worry about? Christ sent His one and only son for each and every one of us so that we have the option to not be slaves to sin. Can you imagine having a son and sending him to die for all of the trillions of people that will ever cross the Earth so that they have an opportunity to be with God in the Kingdom one day?
Well anyways, let me get on with attitude.
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”
So, if this is our job, to advance His kingdom, than I believe it all starts with attitude. We all have them- good ones, bad ones, sassy ones, the list goes on. But how about towards others, how do we act? Are we rude, ugly, demeaning? Or are we uplifting, kind, loving?
Maybe this sounds silly, just like something your mom would’ve said after she told you you were grounded for having a “bad attitude.” Annoying, right? But guys, this is so real. The best example that I can think of is my job, because I have saw myself with good attitudes and bad attitudes there. I have been at Food Lion for about four years (I think). Let’s face it, working with the public is not easy. This means having a good attitude all of the time is most definitely not easy. One customer can tick me just the right way and that can set my attitude for that customer and the rest of them for the rest of the day. So, where exactly am I showing a Christ-like spirit throughout this day? How am I advancing Christ’s kingdom this day? I am not.. not at all. All these customers see is another young, bad attitude kid. I cannot let someone else be the reason that I decide to allow myself to have a bad attitude. Jesus went through everything on Earth, and never once did he act in sinful nature, rather He advanced His father’s kingdom. Jesus embraced, “Let your kingdom come, Thy will be done…” So, as Jesus did, so will I. I will embrace that customer, see them away with a smile, and move on to the next hopefully bringing a little bit of joy to each face I see.
Attitude, guys it is so so important.
Thy will be done…
My prayer over and over again throughout every phase in my life is, “God let your will be done, allow whatever it is that you have for me to take place. Grant me the wisdom to make the decisions that you want me to make. Allow me to hear you so that I may please you and allow others to see you through my life. Use me as a vessel Lord…”
Often, life throws us curve balls and we can either embrace them and go with the flow, or we can cop a bad attitude and do our own thing. But God says, “Thy will be done.” His will… He knows what He has for us. God has known forever and ever what he desires for our lives, but we have to have an humble attitude in order to embrace His plans. We have to be willing to say, “Yes Lord, Your will be done. Help me to have a great attitude about this _____ and to embrace it with all of my might. Help me to even love it Lord.” And guys, He will. All because you simply choose to have an attitude that he desires from you…
None of us are perfect and will never have a perfect attitude for the rest of our lives, but with “Let your kingdom come, Thy will be done..” in our minds, we are continually reminded to renew our minds as we go throughout our days..
To further His kingdom for His glory!
‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.’