10th May 2011
Doing God’s Will
“Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
Matthew 6:10 (NKJV)
This verse from the model prayer that Jesus gave us, says a lot more than many see. It doesn’t just encourage us to do God’s will, it actually tells us how to do it as well. We are to do God’s will as God’s will is done in heaven. How is the will of God done in heaven? Willingly!
There is a determination to do his will, not a reluctance. There is a zeal for God’s will, not hesitancy. You might say that the heavenly inhabitants run to do the will of God. There is exertion toward his will and a wholehearted desire. It’s as if it is the reason for their very being. It is!
Since now, as Paul informs us, we sit in heavenly places in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:4-6) we are also inhabitants of heaven and should emulate the other inhabitants of heaven in their desire for God’s will to be done.
Yes, even on earth we should willingly seek and do God’s will.
Paul wrote to the church in Philippi in this manner: “Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press towards the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:12-14)
Paul saw the need, even here on earth, to be about the will of God with energy and a burning desire. He saw that this was the only thing of value and would not let anything discourage him in his pursuit of this goal. He encourages us with these words; “Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind;” (verse 15)
This is a call to arms for all of us. A call to do God’s will as it is done in heaven…willingly!
Father in heaven, how perfect in every way is your will; I desire to do it willingly as it is done in heaven.
Study by David Stirk