Look at who He picked to hang out with Him while He introduced life in Heaven to life on earth:
- Peter, Andrew and James (the lesser) had seen it all…the rough and tumble, dog-eat-dog blue collar life of commercial fisherman exposed them to need–the lean side and mean streets of living.
- James and John, the sons of thunder, and Simon ‘the zealot” rose from the politically charged world of activism and revolution–skeptical with systems and cynical by experience
- Philip, Bartholomew and Thomas seemed to have been the thinkers—the smart guys who mused, pondered and questioned everything.
- Matthew and Judas lived in the deceptive white collar world of finances–number-crunching, balance sheets and bottom lines were all that mattered.
Jesus hand-picked people from politics, finance, labor and academia so that none of us would have an excuse that Kingdom couldn’t happen where we work and live. It was those men, in their real world existence that Jesus chose to shape into unique, distinct, authentic, real expressions of His Kingdom.
When he dragged these guys up a mountain to give them His Magna Carta—the Sermon on the Mount—He was laying out for them what it meant to be a God-person in their sphere of reality.
He was sharing His dream.
And it was in the middle of that talk that Jesus taught them about prayer—the Lord’s Prayer, some of the most familiar words in any sacred literature. They are some of the first words I knew by heart.
“Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.”
Note…Jesus did not say, this is WHAT you should pray…He said, this is HOW you should pray. Jesus was saying: “If you want the lofty ideals of the mountain to be the living reality in the valley…pray this way.”
The very heart and hinge pin of this prayer, is Jesus asking for things to be “on earth as it is in heaven”.
- “On earth”…where we live. Where the mundane, banal realities of living are the “everyday”.
- “In Heaven”…where He lives. Where all He designed, desires and delights in is the “everyday”.
Here is God’s deep desire: That the place we live will look like the place He lives.
It is the primal cry of the human heart to experience this with God. Whenever you see something that makes your heart cry “this is not how it is supposed to be!”, that is Heaven crying out in you, “imprint earth with your heavenly values.”
It is also the primary sin of human life to create this without God. Whenever you do something that makes your heart believe “I can make things as they are supposed to be!”, that is Earth crying out in you “impose on heaven my earthly priorities.”
Jesus instructs us to pray that God will infuse the values and atmosphere of His life into the rub and reality of ours…every day.