“…your kingdom come, your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.”
Matthew 6:10 (NIV)
The little boy was asked repeatedly to sit down. Finally his mother gave him some physical encouragement to obey her request. Once he was seated he said, “I may be sitting down on the outside but I am still standing on the inside.”
The rebellious attitude of the little fellow illustrates what goes on in the hearts of all of us far too frequently. We have the teaching from Scripture (2 Corinthians 10:5) that we are to bring every thought into conformity to Christ. There are to be no evil, rebellious thoughts willingly entertained in our minds.
Certainly evil and rebellious thoughts will enter our minds. In Luke 4:1-13 we read about our Lord’s temptations by Satan. There is no question about the fact that Jesus understood the three rebellious thoughts uttered by Satan. Jesus knew exactly what the sin was that Satan sought to lure Him into.
Jesus had those evil thoughts in His mind but that did not pollute His perfect moral character. As soon as our Lord understood the temptation He resisted it totally.
The petition in our verse today is for God’s will to be perfectly done here on earth just as the angels in heaven are perfectly and perpetually obedient to the will of God.
Our Lord’s boast while among us was recorded in John 8:29 (NIV)
“The one who sent me is with me;
he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him.”
Our Lord gave perfect obedience to the will of the Father for His life.
In this life we shall never achieve perfection in thought, word and action as our Lord did (1 John 1:8). However, we keep on trying for the perfection that eludes us (Philippians 3:7-14) until we see Jesus (1 John 3:2).
We must not become discouraged when we stumble into some sin. Rather we take encouragement from the fact there is forgiveness in Jesus and if we repent and seek to cast off the evil, the Lord will certainly give us both the determination and the power to resist the next time that particular sin comes calling for us (Philippians 2:12-13).
So we go on asking for God’s will to be done here as in heaven. That is the goal of life—to bring all creation into perfect obedience to the Lord. One author, (C.S. Lewis I believe) has wisely said that there are just two classes of people, those who say to God, “Your will be done.” and those to whom God shall say in the end, “Your will be done.”
May we have submissive hearts today to invite the Lord to have His holy will done in our lives regardless of the cost to us.