I’m convinced that everything that’s gone wrong in this world is rooted in this one word: Kingdom.
Every decision we make — the values we hold, how we view the world and our place in it, how we treat others, the way we manage our time, money and resources, and the endeavors we pursue — is a direct result of the kingdom to which we belong.
There are two kingdoms to choose from: one’s own kingdom or The Kingdom.
If we choose to spend our lives building and growing our own little kingdoms, we will discover no greater frustration, angst, heartbreak, disappointment, futility and ultimate emptiness. On the contrary, if we choose to spend our lives building and growing The Kingdom — that is, the Kingdom of God, the only Kingdom that will stand when all is said and done — we will discover no greater joy, fulfillment, beauty, wonder, purpose, peace and ultimate satisfaction.
The choice is entirely our own.
Regardless of which choice we make, however, the undeniable truth is that we were created to be mirrors. Tiny reflections of the glory of Almighty God, so that when people look at us, they see the image of God reflected back to them. As cliche as this sounds, it’s all about Him. He’s the center of attention – the attention of every universe and galaxy and living thing – and all hype, glory and adoration belongs to Him and Him alone. It is only by functioning within this system that things will ever be right and whole and good.
The problems in our lives begin to arise when we turn the mirror around to face ourselves, to reflect our own glory and our own image. Almighty God is the only One who can bear the weight of all glory, of all eyes on Him. He’s the only One who can manage such fame and attention, because He is the only One who is truly worthy of such fame and attention. When we revel in glory for ourselves, every aspect of our lives falls apart and is thrown off balance. When we begin to think we are the center of some kind of universe or that anything actually revolves around us, our perspective towards everything becomes warped and twisted. The glory of man is the downfall of all that God created to be good and perfect in the world. But the glory of God keeps the universe – and every detail of our lives – in perfect balance and in glorious harmony.
The song Kingdom Come was inspired by Matthew 6, a passage of Scripture that is well-known by both believers and non-believers alike, also known as The Lord’s Prayer:
“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
Such a simple prayer, yet if lived out to the fullest measure, can totally and completely alter the course of our lives. For the better.
Kingdom Come is our declaration as His Church that it’s truly all about Him. “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven!”
Shelly E. Johnson is an exclusive LifeWay Worship songwriter and serves as worship leader at First Baptist Church, Woodstock, GA. Visit her official website at www.shellyejohnson.com. Her new project, Your Kingdom Come, is available on iTunes.