Your Kingdom Come (third in a five-part series on the Lord’s Prayer)

April 2012 - Round Table
by Tim Hanley

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April 2012 - Round Table

I have a confession to make. Judas Iscariot and I share the same shameful sin. My sin has stained my life for more than 30 years, while Judas only carried his for three. Let me explain. You may remember Judas was one of the twelve disciples Jesus chose for His inner circle. For three years, the Lord Jesus loved, trained, and delegated authority and power to him. He even extended incredible grace by giving him the place of honor at the Lord’s right hand during the Last Supper. In contrast, Judas only used Jesus for the purpose of building his own kingdom. Judas defrauded the Lord by using Him and betraying Him. He turned Him over to the religious leaders in order to build his own little kingdom, based on his own little agenda, for his own little glory. As I look back over the last 30 years of my ministry, in some ways I am no different. I have defrauded my Lord by using Him and ultimately betraying Him to build my own little kingdom, based on my own little agenda, for my own little glory.

This horrific commitment to my own kingdom-building was exposed repeatedly. I used to explode in rage or sink into depression when others would not follow my plans.

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