WORLD WITHOUT END


I had a friend named Chris Verra who co-wrote a song with me back in the 1980’s. The song was entitled ‘World Without End’. Sung with my best Bruce Springsteen voice, it described the human longing for God’s Kingdom to be found here on earth.



World Without End

Like a silver web these highways spread
North to South, East to West
Taking us from town to town
But all roads will end
And we'll circle ‘round
Driving on, going ‘round the bend
Looking for the road that leads
To the world without end

I’ve got an urge to put some miles
Between me and those phony smiles
Check the oil, fill the tire
Hold me down, I’m getting higher
Driving on, going ‘round the bend
Looking for the road that leads
To the world without end

Looking for, looking for the golden highway
Driving on forever and I got to do it my way
But every wrong turn takes me to a dead end
And He sits beside me knowing where I’ve been
Trying hard to show me
The world without end



Isn’t that just like us? Insisting on our own way, we pursue paths that bring us to a dead end. Jesus came to be the Way to the Kingdom. The Holy Spirit is our Divine passenger pointing us back to the right way.

How should we pray in light of God’s Kingdom?


Matthew 6:
9 “This, then, is how you should pray:
“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.


A kingdom is the domain in which a king has authority to rule. We are invited by Jesus to pray for God to come among us and take charge of everything. The high King of Heaven is responsive to your invitation.

We pray this invitation to align our hearts with God. He wants to be here and be our King.

There have been many earthly governments that campaign for a better world. More jobs, stronger economy, better education- but we’ve become disillusioned by the failed promises of a better country.

The prophet Daniel had a vision that revealed the rise and fall of world empires and kingdoms. In a statue made of various materials he was given a view of the rule of man—empires including Babylon, Assyria, Greek and Roman.

But eventually a new kind of Kingdom would emerge. Beyond all human comparison, the Kingdom of God will finally bring the perfection of Heaven to earth.


Daniel 2:
44 “In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever.



Was this only for a future time beyond our lifespan? Jesus came as the Promised King and opened the door to the Eternal Kingdom. The Kingdom of God is now and it’s also not yet.

As we pray, we are to invite God to bring His governance to bear in our lives. We are living citizens of God’s Kingdom. Every day we are praying and looking for God’s Invasion. All of these statuesque governments and overlords will eventually bow or be brought low.

There will finally be a recognition that only one King exists in Heaven. The earth will be rightfully returned to its owner and He will take care of it.

In the face of this world’s troubles, we pray for our Lord and King to return.

• Come to our hunger, disease and genocide.
• Come to our racism, greed and pollution.
• Come to our injustice, intoxication and isolationism.
• Come to our loveless, fierce tribalism.
• Come to our false religions, arrogant knowledge and political manipulation.
• Come to our broken world and restore all things to your Master Plan.
• Come separate the sheep and the goats, the true and the false, the evil and the good.
• Come as our Father

Comments

gail said…
amen and amen

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