Your Kingdom Come
Friday - September 10th
Scripture to Read Today: 1 Peter 2:9-10
Your Kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
The last person to receive a Civil War pension died last year (in 2020) at 90. Irene Triplett, who just passed, received a check for $73.13 every month as a dependent of a Civil War veteran. Her father, Mose Triplett, served as a private in the Confederate Army before deserting and shifting his allegiances to the Union Army. Irene, his daughter, suffered from cognitive impairments from birth that qualified her for a pension "as the helpless child of a veteran."
The fact that Triplett was receiving a Civil War pension in 2020 owed much to the advanced age of her father, who was 83 when his second wife, 34-year-old Elida Hall, gave birth to their daughter in 1930. Such marriages were fairly common during the Great Depression. Civil War veterans' pensions offered financial security to younger women willing to take care of aging husbands. Mose died in 1938 at age 92. Elida died in 1967. From the time of her mother's death, Irene had lived in several different homes for adults affected by cognitive impairments until she died at the age of 90 in May of 2020.
Mose Triplett abandoned the South by slipping away from a Confederate military hospital days before the Battle of Gettysburg. If he had not deserted the South and joined the North, he would likely have died at Gettysburg. Over 92% of his former confederate unit was killed that July of 1863. Without knowing the odds he would have faced at Gettysburg, Mose Triplett decided the North's cause was a just cause. He later described his transition from the Confederacy to the Union as moving "from darkness to light."
In 1 Peter 2:9-10, Peter goes to great lengths to describe the difference in who we are now in Christ and who we were in our sin before coming to Christ. He says God has called us "out of darkness into his wonderful light" (v.9).
The Apostle Peter delineates so clearly the distinction between the Kingdom of darkness and the Kingdom of light. The Kingdom of darkness represents the Kingdom of humanity and its sin. The wonderful, marvelous realm of light represents the Kingdom of Christ. Satan does all he can to stir up man's greed, lust, and pride to keep as many people trapped in the Kingdom of darkness as possible. He wants no one to move to the realm of Christ's light.
When Jesus prayed in the Lord's prayer, "Your Kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven," He drew attention to the same contrast Peter expressed. The Kingdom of God offers us radically different values and priorities to the selfish and destructive values our world celebrates. As we follow Christ's example of prayer, we too should ask for God's will and Kingdom to settle more and more on earth. As we pray for Christ's Kingdom to come here on earth, we pray that we will be channels of that Kingdom's values in our daily lives. We want the light of Christ to spread through us and how we live.
Look at your own life. Would people say that the patterns they see in how you live reflect the light of Christ and His Kingdom or the darkness of this world? Today, think about each decision you make. With each decision and choice, do you spread the Kingdom of Heaven or the Kingdom of earth?
As we pray for God's will to be done and His Kingdom to spread, we stand on the side of light against darkness.