Lent Devotions 2009: Friday 27th March

“Lift up your heads, O gates!
And lift them up, O ancient doors,
that the King of glory may come in.
Who is this King of glory?
The LORD of hosts,
he is the King of glory!”
Psalm 24:9-10

We all know what a kingdom is. All the people who have a king or queen are part of a kingdom. The Lord Jesus is a king so all those who belong to Him are part of His kingdom. How do we know if we belong to His kingdom? If we believe He died for us and are sorry for what we have done wrong, then we belong to Him.

When we pray, “Thy Kingdom Come”, we are asking that everyone will hear about the Lord Jesus and worship and obey Him.

Jesus told us a lot about His kingdom.

Jesus said: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field, but in the night, his enemy came and sowed weeds in with the wheat. When the wheat began to grow, the weeds grew as well. His servants came to the man and said, ‘Where have all the weeds come from?’ He replied, ‘An enemy has done this.’ They asked, ‘Will we go and pull them out?’ ‘No’ said the man, ‘You might accidentally pull up the good wheat with them. Let them grow together until the harvest. Then I will tell the reapers to gather together, first the weeds and burn them and put the wheat in my barn.’”
The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed which a man planted in his field. It is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it is grown it is the biggest of all the herbs – it is like a tree and the birds come and sit in the branches.

The kingdom of heaven is like a net thrown into the sea. When the net was full the fishermen brought it to the shore and sat down. They put the good fish into pots, but threw the bad away.
God’s kingdom is very special. Not everyone will belong to it, but if we believe in the Lord Jesus, we are part of the kingdom.

Thank You, Lord God, for making it possible for us sinners to be part of Your kingdom. Please help us to appreciate this gift more and more. Amen.