Your Will Be Done. We continue our devotions on the Lord's Prayer with a discussion on doing God's will. Do we, as believers, really want to do God's will?
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Matthew 6:10 and Luke 11:2, NKJV
What is it that we, as Christians, really want? Is it peace on earth, a comfortable life, friends, happiness, health, or prosperity? All of these things are wonderful, but is that really what we want? No! In the end, it is not our life here on earth that matters--it is the kingdom of God that matters. What do we really want? We want God's kingdom to come, and we want God's will to be done here on earth just as it already is being done in heaven.
How can I say such a thing with such confidence? In the end, no matter what our life is like here on earth--good or bad, it is contaminated by sin. Ever since Satan brought sin into this world, it was doomed. Even on the best of days, life is difficult. Who does not get tired of the rampant sin and evil which seem to rule this world? Who does not get tired of battling the sin in their own hearts and lives?
When you think of it, heaven is more than just a wonderful place we want to be. With heaven comes the end of sin--a complete release for the true believer from the affects of sin, forever! In heaven we will not have to deal with the sins of others, but more importantly, we will not have to deal with our own sins! Gone will be our pride, arrogance, anger, bitterness, and any other sin which seems to so easily beset us on this earth.
We love to think of the peace, joy, and happiness of heaven. We love to consider that first glorious moment when we are in the arms of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, but how often do we ponder what it will mean to be released from the power of sin forever?
Freedom! Freedom from sin and all of its effects upon our lives and upon the lives of those around us. For once, we will truly be totally in sync with God's will. We will truly desire what He desires; we will love what He loves, and we will never even question His will. We will honestly be able to say, "Your will be done!"
When Jesus spoke these words to His disciples, we must remember that He, alone, truly understood their wonder. He, who came from heaven's glory, suffered unknown sorrow over the sin and evil that permeated all of this earth--not only manifested in its people, but also manifested in all nature. Imagine how difficult it must have been, for He knew from personal experience, what awaited Him and all of His children in heaven.
Let us then, as God's children, lift our eyes to heaven. Let us look upon this God we so love and worship, and let us pray that God would truly hasten the day when our faith will be sight. No longer will we long for heaven and eternity with Christ, for we will be with Him forever, and God's will, will be done!
Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Even so, come quickly, Lord Jesus!