What do you suppose Jesus meant when He taught us to pray, “Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven”? Do you wonder would it would look like if God’s kingdom and will ruled the earth?
Maybe that’s part of what Jesus was showing us when He walked with humans long ago.
- His miracles give us a peek into a kingdom where everyone would see, hear, walk, jump, have enough, and be well.
- His casting out demons show us what it will look like when we’re all free from the influence of evil.
- His teaching reveals God’s kingdom as a place where grace, unity, forgiveness, and integrity reign.
If we’re sincere when we pray “Your kingdom come, Your will be done”, how could we not desire to be working alongside God to bring His kingdom values to earth today? Of course we won’t do it perfectly, but we can at least be moving in the same direction God is.
Jesus exampled what it means to live in a kingdom-come way: He taught truth, showed compassion, decried evil, and dealt honestly with everyone. He helped us see what it means to begin the process of making all things new (Revelation 21:5). And, He sends us out to continue what He started.
What does He want us to do today to help accomplish His will on earth? I think we should ask Him. It seems there’s a lot to be done!
“God’s will done on earth as it is in heaven would mean food, water, and homes for all who lack, justice in politics and economics, peace between nations, harmony with nature, healing and comfort for the sick, souls reconnected to their spiritual source.” – Philip Yancey