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“Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” — Matthew 6:10 (NIV)
I have said the Lord’s prayer countless times in my life. At every church service, I grew up going to and before every football game I ever played. It was a staple to my life, though I had no idea what it really meant.
Honestly, I simply chanted it because I learned it in Sunday School and it was part of our pre-game routine for football.
Yet, this small part of scripture unlocks something that we all want to know:
What is God’s will?
Seriously. When I first became a Christian in college, I was plagued with trying to understand God’s will for my life. Was I supposed to stay in my major or career? What was I going to do with my life? Would become a missionary or pastor instead?
I had tons of questions and would get this weird canned response from other Christians, “follow God’s will.”
Well, what the heck does that mean?
Eventually, I figured out some of what that would mean, but it was an uphill frustrating process for me. For a long time, I would struggle with trying to understand God’s will for my life. And when others would ask me, I would vomit out the same response I received.
First, we need to look at the very passage above, Matthew 6:10. Then we need to break it down a little bit to understand what God’s will is for ourselves and the world.
“Your Kingdom Come”
“God’s Kingdom is wherever God is King.” — Jesus Storybook Bible
This is a very simple way of putting it. Yet, we complicate it so much in our lives today. We ask where God’s kingdom is more often than making Him king over our lives.
Not only is God’s kingdom wherever He is king, but it is where He is. His very presence is in the places where he is king. Not a church building per se, but in the people who believe in Jesus.
If this is the case, we need to know more about God’s Kingdom. One great way to explore God’s kingdom is by exploring the Bible for information. Jesus talks a lot about the kingdom of God, and it is a central focus in the Gospel of Matthew.
The more we know about what it is like in the presence of God and in His kingdom, the more we will know about His will.
“Your Will Be Done”
“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” — Romans 12:2 (NLT)
God’s will for us is to know him and to have his kingdom here on earth. This should be our main concern when it comes to understanding God’s will for our lives.
After that, we can learn more about the details of His will.
How do we do it? By allowing God to transform us and change our thinking. How do we do this? By reading the Bible, spending time meditating on the scripture we receive, and spending time in prayer with God.
When I put it this way, it seems really easy. However, it can be quite difficult with everything going on in the world around us. Even before our present time. What we can do is spend our time doing those three things.
As we do this, we will begin to understand God’s will for our lives.
“On Earth, as it is in Heaven”
Ultimately, God’s will is for His kingdom to come to earth. This means we want God’s presence to be here with us, his rule to be here on earth, and brokenness to be removed from our lives. This is God’s will for us.
Yet, how does this happen?
Well, when Jesus died and was resurrected he essentially through the doors open to heaven unleashing the presence of God on earth. This initiated the beginning of God’s kingdom coming to earth.
Every day, we have the opportunity to continue the work Jesus and the apostles started thousands of years ago. We do this by sharing our faith, growing in our relationship with God, and looking for ways to see God in our everyday life.
As we do these things, we will begin to see heaven on earth.
God’s Kingdom: It Is Here & It Is Coming
God’s kingdom is here now. It lives within us thanks to the Holy Spirit. We have access to the power, love, and self-control that comes with it. These traits along with many more are already available and here with us.
However, His kingdom is still coming. There is still brokenness, sadness, and pain in the world. We have the chance to help bring redemption to these areas too. This comes in our prayer, meditation on the Bible, and sharing Jesus with others.
We need to step into the ‘here and now.’ We also need to embrace the ‘not yet’ nature of God’s kingdom. As we do this, it will help us to break into amazing things in our lives and for our world.
PRAY: Ask God to help you see God’s Kingdom in your life today.
WRITE: Write down the ways God has helped you see His Kingdom.
DO: Spend time today looking for ways to share your faith, meditate on the Bible, or spend more time in prayer to bring the Kingdom of God into your life and the lives of others.