Thy kingdom come.
Thy kingdom is come; Thou art ever-present.
Question: What qualities should we express to help us see God’s kingdom?
Answer: We have already read that Jesus told us the kingdom was at hand, and is within us — within consciousness. But most of us are not more fully experiencing the presence of the
kingdom in our thoughts and daily lives. The following citations contain ideas that show what
we might do to gain a sense of the kingdom of heaven within:
“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.” (Matt. 7:21)
“Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” (Matt. 18:3-4)
Jesus is telling us that we must become obedient to God’s will and to be as humble and
teachable as little children, in order to experience God’s kingdom.
Mary Baker Eddy adds some other qualities:
“We recognize this kingdom, the reign of harmony within us, by an unselfish affection or love.”
“He who gains self-knowledge, self-control, and the kingdom of heaven within himself, within his own
consciousness, is saved through Christ, Truth.” (My. 161:14-16)
We see from the above that the kingdom of heaven is within our reach as we work to know who we are, and demonstrate those Godlike qualities in our daily lives.
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Three: The Lord’s Prayer”
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