Your Kingdom, your will.
‘…Your Kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.’
Oh, the differences between the Kingdom Jesus is establishing and the kingdom I would build, if left to my own devices! There is much that needs to take place in our hearts and minds, to align (and then re-align) our will with the will of our Lord Jesus Christ. Even Jesus found his will in conflict with the will of God. In the Garden of Gethsemane, we see him praying to the Father ‘…yet not my will, but yours be done.’ (Luke 22:42)
It’s a challenge to pray ‘your Kingdom come, your will be done’ because it may come at significant personal cost. Seeking the Kingdom of God first and chasing after the will of God, led Jesus into a place of deep personal suffering. While it may not have been obvious at the time, as Jesus suffered God was at work changing the world.
Oftentimes pursuing his Kingdom will be costly for us, too. It may be, for example, that we want our child to go to a certain school but God doesn’t open that door because he has a purpose for them (and us) in another school. Or perhaps God has different priorities than we do for how we use our time and how we spend our money. Perhaps his timing is different to ours. Whatever it is, God is still at work changing the world and is inviting us to join in.
‘May your kingdom come, Jesus, and your will be done.’ Amen.
Tons of love, Fiona Green (Youth Minister)