PFOA: Thy Will be Done on Earth as it is in Heaven
C.S. Lewis in " The Great Divorce" wrote "There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, 'Thy will be done,' and those to whom God says in the end, 'Thy will be done.'" That is the fundamental difference. It is an easy question to ask "Whose will will it be?" But our sinful selves often makes it hard or unwilling for us to discern and distinguish.
This week I am writing this in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Up in the cool highlands, we are enjoying fellowship with some 130 missionaries from China who are having their biennial conference. Each one of them is here because they have gladly said "Thy will be done" to God when they received the call to serve as missionaries. There are all kinds of people here, singles, couples, families with several children; from many countries, some young, straight out from college and seminary, others in their second careers after retiring from their first, yet others have made the switch to serve as missionaries in the midst or peak of their previous careers.
But daily they, like each of us, still need to say to God, "Thy will be done". And sometimes not without a struggle. The Apostle Paul understood this struggle well (Romans 7:23,24).
"Thy will be done, in earth as it is in heaven". Jesus further explained how God's will is done. God's will is perfectly accomplished in heaven. The obedience and submission is willingly expressed. Everything works together in peace and harmony. There is no chaos. God's order and commands are joyfully followed, not grudgingly complied with. Everything fits together; works in concert. There is continual praise and worship with joy and awe because God, the object of the praise and worship is infinite. Let us pray, "Thy will be done, in earth as it is in heaven", with joy and understanding, placing our trust in the Triune God who loves us, cares for us, and enables us.
Postscript: At this time of Chinese New Year, let us pray for
- our families,
- for the salvation of family members and relatives that have yet to know Jesus as Lord and Saviour,
- for loved ones who are ill and suffering,
- for those who are separated from us physically, emotionally or spiritually.