I’m continuing to take a closer look into the Lord’s Prayer and this week we come to the words, Your kingdom come, Your will be done, On Earth as it is in Heaven. What does it mean for God’s will to be done on Earth?
Matthew 13:45-46 (NIV) says, “the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.”
Do we believe that the kingdom of God is so priceless it is worth losing everything else in order to gain it? That nothing else on Earth can possibly compare to walking in the will of God?
I remember when God first opened my heart to the possibility of having a deep, intimate knowledge of His heart. I was driving in my car on a beautiful sunny afternoon some twenty years ago and I heard Him issue an invitation to me. If you will allow Me, I will show you My very character.
Two things stuck out to me from that experience. First, that God would even consider revealing His character to me was astounding. But even more significant than that was the understanding that the decision to accept the calling was entirely up to me.
I wanted to know Him deeply and I’ve been trying to work out what that means for two decades. I have made a lot of progress. I have plateaued a few times. I have taken a few steps backward in the midst of seasons of disappointment or spiritual apathy. But I’ve never forgotten that invitation. The idea that if I opened my heart to the experience, God will continue to reveal His character to me.
When we understand the character of God through a relationship with Jesus, it becomes possible for His will to be done on Earth in our lives. We can imitate Him when we know Him. We can find Him when we seek Him. But we cannot do His will if we do not know His will.
What are we doing today, this week, this month, this year in order to know Him better? How committed are we to seeking Him? How deeply do we desire to connect with these words in the Lord’s Prayer and make them personal to us?
Thy will be done. In me and through me. So that the presence of Your kingdom and Your character might dwell on Earth.