february 5th - Your Will
In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one cried to another and said: "Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!" And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke. Isaiah 6:1-4 (NKJV)
What is your greatest hope for planet earth? That we might enjoy a clean environment--that there will be peace on earth--that we will avoid getting hit by a giant asteroid? What we spend our time advocating tells the story of what we believe in at the core of who we are. Politicians are all about politics. Environmentalist are all about the environment. Fortune seekers are all about capturing the elusive fortune. As a follower of Christ, I try to pray the Lord's Prayer everyday. In the Lord's Prayer, there is an idea that strikes at the core of what motivates me in life. "Your will be done in earth as it is in heaven." There it is--my hope for planet earth...that the will of God would be done right here where I live.
Isaiah had a vision of heaven. He saw the Lord sitting in all of His glory. Voices crying, "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts." Angels flying around--the room filled with smoke--the construct shaking when the voice of God speaks; it makes for quite a visual. Make no mistake about it, when it comes to the throne room of heaven, our Heavenly Father is in complete control. His will is done; His words are law; His commands are obeyed; His desires rule the Kingdom. When I think of the complex problems that face our world--problems that are a direct result of sin--I am just scratching the surface of why "we" need God's will to be done in earth.
On our own, without considering the directives of God, all of our human effort and attempts to create utopia will fall short. As a species we do not have the intellect, the lucidity,
the wisdom or the moral fortitude to save ourselves. We absolutely need God. He is the only power in the universe that can save us. We need Him to rule in our hearts and for His will to be done on earth. Of all the causes I could join; of all the battles I could choose to fight; of all the energy I could expend to make a difference; of all the good I can commit to accomplish--there is only one context, one Kingdom and one Lord that has the power to effect a change. That is why I am a follower of Christ Jesus.
So, I put my effort to build His Kingdom. I live my life to bring glory to His name. I raise my voice to declare His message. I work to spread His fame. I sing to express His beauty. I study His Word to be His servant. I listen for His voice to do His will. And above all else, I pray for His Kingdom to come...
Author's Note: I've probably stated some things ad nauseam, but followers of Christ need to make the Kingdom of God their first concern. It doesn't mean that we abandon other good causes; However, our lives should echo Paul's stated purpose, "For me to live is Christ." What can we find in Christ's life worth emulating? Let's start with a life that makes no compromises when it comes to obedience to the Father; always speaking the truth regardless of the cost; and loving people, even those that are enemies. If we live like this, we can be a part of God's will being done in earth as it is in heaven. RJD