I have been studying the famous Sermon on the Mount the last couple of weeks. Today I was struck with the Lord’s Prayer and the verse “Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10).
What a blessing this would be! To live out our lives in the true will of God, and to know, without a doubt, what that true will would be. Should this be our goal, and has anyone ever achieved that goal?
Here in the United States it is the right of every child to be educated, and the right to study to the point of graduation from high school. It is a right, and a privilege. If we work hard in school, and if we study, we will graduate. Many important concepts are revealed to us from learning to share in kindergarten, to learning about literature and the world around us in high school. Much has been revealed.
It is the same way with the will of God. At least to Christians, concepts regarding heaven and the will of God are revealed to us, almost without our even noticing. We can be walking along a path in Washington Park, and be dumb-struck by the beauty of the leaves in autumn. Or we can attend our favorite church and pay attention to the sermon surrounding scripture. Or, sometimes, a concept from God may just pop into our heads. It is all the same. If we are paying attention, we can learn, study, thrive and strive for an existence within the will of God.
Has anyone ever actually graduated from these studies, and become a living example of God’s will on earth? I would say, emphatically “yes.” That was the Disciple Peter. And we can do it, too. Want proof? Please see Matthew 16, especially verse 19.
Jesus says to Peter (continuing a discourse) “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind (declare to be improper and unlawful) on earth must be what is already bound in heaven; and whatever you loose (declare lawful) on earth must be what is already loosed in heaven.” (And I only got a car for my graduation! (Ha-ha, I didn’t.)
We can learn God’s will, I am certain of that, but it takes work and cooperation. Peter is waiting for us. Have faith.
Matthew 16:19 is taken from the Amplified Bible.
Matthew 6:10 is taken from the book of life.