“Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.” -Hebrews 12:28-29
To read the whole Scripture passage that I will be referring to, follow this link: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=hebrews+12%3A18-29&version=ESV
If you are a Christian, you have likely heard talk of God’s coming kingdom. Have you ever thought about the implications of his kingdom coming to earth, though? Think about this: “The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.” (Romans 8:16-17) We are co-heirs with Christ. If we are an heir, that means we receive and inheritance. We are heirs of God’s inheritance because we are God’s children. Jesus is inheriting God’s kingdom so we are also inheriting this kingdom!
What does that mean for us, though? If we are to inherit a kingdom that cannot be shaken, we must be unshakeable! In Hebrews 12:27, the author mentions God removing the things that can be shaken so that the unshakeable things remain. Our God is a consuming fire, so he is able to consume the things in us that can be shaken.
Are you willing to pray a terrifying prayer? Pray this with me: “God, I know that I am your child. I know that your unshakeable kingdom is coming soon, and I know that I will be an heir to your kingdom. Remove everything in my heart and in my life that can be shaken, whatever it might be, so that I can be an unshakable heir to your kingdom. Give me the strength and the faith to endure when you take these things from me. Help me to remember that even though I am losing things, I am gaining an unshakeable kingdom. In Jesus’ name, amen.”
This will probably be a painful process. After I prayed this prayer two years ago, I was met with God’s holy discipline as he shaped me into what he wanted me to be. The removal of shakeable things is hard, but I can tell you from experience that the life the follows is worth the pain. Be encouraged that God will hold you close through it all, and provide you with “grace upon grace!” (John 1:16)