As the disciples of Jesus gathered around him, Jesus taught them how to pray, he said to them, Matthew 6:9-10 “After this manner, therefore, pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom comes, thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” Because the duty of the disciples in this world is to implement the policies of God’s kingdom on the earth.
Jesus wanted his disciples to know they were now apart of his government, and that in the future to come through their passions, and desire to see the kingdom, they were going to bring the reality of the kingdom in focus.
Therefore, as the disciples of Jesus live out their lives in this world, their focus is to be on the kingdom, and their efforts are to establish the kingdom, therefore, to glorify God is to establish the kingdom of God through their sacrifices.
Later Jesus standing before Pilot would say something of great interest. He said, John 18:36 “My kingdom is not of this world: for if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.” And what Pilot did not understand was that in the future to come the kingdoms of the world would become the kingdom of Christ.
But just how was Jesus going to fulfill this mission of establishing the kingdom of God on earth? Why do we believe Jesus sent us out into the world, and why do we believe Jesus said we are in the world but are not of this world?
Well, it is because we are the body and people of Christ coming kingdom, we the disciples of Christ who are task with the mission to advanced against the policies of this current kingdom. And as we advanced against the world as disciples of Jesus the king, we through our work and the implementation of the policies of Christ will bring the kingdom into focus.
Isaiah wrote in light of the work we will do and Christ being our king by saying, Isaiah 9:7, “Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.”
And because the zeal of the Lord is in us, the indwelling of the Holy Spirit that gives us this zeal, God through his people will establish the kingdom and will one day take the kingdoms of this world out of the hands of the kings of the earth.