“Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:10 (NIV)
“One of these things is not like the other…” If you grew up watching Sesame Street, you can finish that song. For those of you who didn’t, it’s a simple song to teach children about similarities and differences.
People seem to have little problem seeing the differences between objects, people and places. On earth as it is in heaven; that seems very different. Sometime similarities are subtle and go unnoticed.
As Jesus continues to teach His followers to pray, He becomes very bold.
God’s kingdom, His will, here on earth just like heaven—that’s bold! That seems so bold it could be unobtainable. If that is what you think, than Jesus is mocking us with His very lesson.
God’s Kingdom: Earth and Heaven
How different is earth from heaven? Superficially, I’m convinced very different. Still, at the same time, God created heaven and earth. God created both. Each has a separate purpose, but Genesis tells us God spent time in both places. I don’t want to debate the how’s and whys; I simply want you to consider how difficult it is to disguise your own handwriting, or how hard it is to change your voice. The mark of YOU is all over the things you do—and you are created in God’s image.
If you’ve ever watched someone die, you understand heaven and earth are only one breath apart.
Do heaven and earth seem a bit more similar now?
God’s Kingdom and His Will
Jesus in His lesson on prayer tells His followers to pray God’s kingdom will come and His will be done here, as in heaven. As I think, Wow! The earth couldn’t be farther from being like heaven than it is now –I realize I’m guilty of the same mindset the first disciples held. The disciples that Jesus walked with, the ones who wanted to learn to pray, were waiting for someone to change the world they knew. They wanted a Messiah or someone to rid them of the tyrannical rule of the Roman Empire –not so much someone who would change their hearts.
Ugh! God wants His kingdom and will to be in ME!?
God’s Kingdom and His Will, On Earth as it is in Heaven
I’m an all-or-nothing sort of person. I’m either in over my head or completely disinterested. Keeping heaven and earth two places, makes it easier for me to hope for someday when things will be better and to simply tolerate the now that is not so great. That’s not Jesus’ lesson.
The believer is God’s home here on earth. His kingdom has come—to dwell in each believer. The believer is the doer of God’s will on earth as it is in heaven. See what I mean—this is a bold prayer. You and I as believers are the keepers of God’s kingdom until the day when Jesus finally comes to reign physically on the earth. You and I, as believers, are the doers of God’s will—on earth as it is in heaven.
If you aren’t sure what God’s will is—this lesson on prayer follows Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount.
The God who is your Heavenly Father, who is Holy, whose name is worthy of diligent guarding; places His kingdom here on earth is the most unlikely of places—clay pots—for His divine purpose and glory—as it is in heaven.
Father, thank You for putting Your kingdom in me—a fragile clay pot. Help me live out Your will here on earth as it is in heaven. Remind me, that no matter how evil this world seems, You are king over all. Help me declare your holiness, glory and majesty today.