Monday, February 29, 2016

Monday, February 29, 2016

Monday, February 29, 2016         Thy Kingdom Come               

The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls.  When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it. Matthew 13:44-46

In the parables of both the hidden treasure and the precious pearl, Jesus reinforces this basic truth: earthly possessions cannot compare with the immense value and cost of God’s kingdom. We must not press the details of these parables to say that one can buy entrance into God’s kingdom by sacrificing all possessions. We inherit the kingdom by grace through faith in Christ, who purchased and redeemed us with His precious blood.

Heavenly Father, grant me Your kingdom and Your righteousness. Amen[1]

In the Second Petition, we ask God to use us to extend His kingdom of grace. See Acts 4:29, 1 Peter 2:12

Look upon the heart-felt desires of your humble servants, Almighty God, and stretch forth the right hand of your majesty to be our defense against all our enemies; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen[2]

[1] The Lutheran Study Bible, © 2009 Concordia Publishing House St. Louis, MO Pp.1610
[2] Collect  for Monday of Lent 3,

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