Lenten Devo 22: For Thine is the Kingdom, the Power, & the Glory Forever

**We were tasked with writing some devotionals alongside Ruth for the Lenten season. Our theme for these 40 days is The Lord’s Prayer. This is about the phrase “For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever”. It fell on Day 39 of this series.**

Reading: Matthew 13:44

For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen

In reflecting on this powerful part of the Lord’s Prayer I am reminded of the beautiful Christian allegory calledA Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan.  If you haven’t read it then I would suggest getting a copy today.

The story begins with the protagonist, Christian, who lives in the city of destruction.  Christian becomes convicted of his own sin through the reading of a book, and meets a man named Evangelist, who tells him about the Celestial City on Mount Zion.  Christian tries to convince his wife and children to go with him, but to no avail.  He leaves everything behind and faces all sorts of trials on his journey to the Celestial City.

I won’t share anymore so that you can read it for yourself, but the allegory behind giving up everything for something as glorious as heaven is so wonderful.  It is something of a treasure hunt!

In Matthew 13, Jesus tells a story about a man who was working in a field digging.  There he is digging away, but what he doesn’t know is that in the field there is buried treasure.  Suddenly his shovel bumps into something hard.  The man bends down and picks up a chest.  When he is able to pry open the lid what he sees inside takes his breath away: beautiful, glittering, gleaming precious jewels! The man wants that treasure more than anything!  He runs home, sells everything he has and buys the field.  Then he runs back and digs up the treasure again.

Coming home to God is as wonderful as finding a treasure! You might have to dig before you see it, you might have to look before you see it. But being where God is, in His glorious kingdom, that’s more important than anything else in all the world.

Lets remember that God loves us with an unstopping, never-giving-up, always, and forever type of love.  His love is glorious and his kingdom is mighty. Praise God from whom all blessings flow.

Pray with me for all of our family members who don’t know Jesus.

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