Beyond the Weekend

July 12 | Say Yes to God’s Kingdom

July 12, 2019


Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Matthew 6:10

Read: Matthew 6:9-10

Listen: Matthew 6


Jesus was all about saying yes to God. In Philippians 2:7–8, we see he willingly “made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness… he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross.” Jesus is the ultimate model of saying no to self—and yes to God’s Kingdom.

During Jesus’ time, some of the Jews thought praying loudly at the temple and on street corners would show others their great devotion to God. But Jesus taught worshipping God is not about you. It’s about God, his Kingdom, and doing his will. That’s why he said personal prayers should be done in private with your focus on doing God’s will.

Sometimes focusing on God’s will tends to be about the bigger events in our life like looking for a new job, finding the right college or the best place to live. But to keep the bigger things in the right focus, we should be saying yes to God’s will in the day by day things like quiet times with God, working hard with a good attitude, learning the Bible with other believers, treating the people around us the right way, and attending weekly worship.


We will have more fulfilling, productive, God-honoring lives in direct proportion to how well we learn to say no to our selfishness and yes to God’s will. Write “Your will be done” on a sticky note and place it where you will see it every day as a reminder to say no to things that pull you away from saying yes to God. If you didn’t already on Monday, you can download the lock screen today for a reminder.

Download a printable PDF of the BTW week here.

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