Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will Be Done
“And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.” Luke 11:2
Familiar words, spoken in prayer around the world daily. In the days of the last of the Old Testament prophets the Jews prayed for and believed that the Messiah would one day come. From one generation to another over many centuries they prayed. For 700 years from the days of Isaiah the prophet all things continued on as they had been and the people of that day all died never seeing their Messiah. Generation after generation praying and hoping but never seeing the fulfilment of the time of Messiah’s coming. But He did come at God’s appointed time.
And there were those who bore witness to His birth, Mary, His mother, Joseph the husband of Mary, the angels and shepherds, the Wise Men from the East, and of His earthly life, those who saw Him face to face and walked with Him, the disciples and all those who followed Him before His crucifixion and death. After the resurrection there were those who saw him for forty days on the earth and believed that God had indeed raised Him from the dead.
Since the Resurrection and His ascension, all who have come to believe that He is the Messiah, bearing witness of Him by faith not having seen Him face to face, pray for His Kingdom to come and His will to be done on earth as it is in Heaven. For 2000 years and counting, believers have been praying this prayer.
Yet as in the days of the prophets of old, it may seem that we though we have been praying, little has changed. If anything, it would appear the world grows more ungodly every day and more dismissive of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ and God our Father.
Sin has become a concept to avoid discussing among many people, even among many of those who claim to be followers of Jesus Christ. The secularist and anti-Christians have all but succeeded in removing from any public discourse the realities of hell, of eternal death, damnation, condemnation and the fire of eternal judgment or that the wages of sin is death. And the same sadly has become true for many Christian churches.
Let me hasten to say that hell fire and brimstone messages are not the Good News of the Gospel. But before there can come forgiveness and repentance there must first come and acknowledgement of our sins.
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God…” Romans 3:23
“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” 1 John 1:8
But after we acknowledge our sin, then this is the good news.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” 1 John 1:9-10
“My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous…”1 John 2:1
Many years ago, among the major and minor contemporary Christian music artists it was generally agreed that the best way to get popular attention to their music was to only present so called cross-over music about Jesus. That is music that could be played on Christian and secular radio stations because Jesus’ name was never mentioned and references to God were satisfied by substituting neutral, personal pronouns, He, You, Your, or metaphors, sun, light, love, friend and so on, but never specific references, such as Jesus, Savior, Lord, Redeemer, Lamb of God and so forth.
They believe that talking about hell and judgment, about sin and dying and our souls ending up in hell was a turn off to people. So, to win them to Jesus many stripped those messages from their preaching and put their hymnals on the shelf or threw them out or burned them altogether so that hymns that used terms like the blood of Jesus, His suffering and death, the grave and judgement were replaced by so called “contemporary Christian music” popularized by their absence of conviction or call for Godliness and repentance from sin or the price Jesus paid for our redemption.
The so called popular contemporary Christian music of the time became more about the individuals singing them and very little, if anything, about Jesus or God or the work of the Holy Spirit. Most were “me”, “my” and “I” centered songs, rather than Jesus Christ, Holy Spirit and God centered.
This evaluation is by no means intended to say that all contemporary Christian music was then just fluff and devoid of and life affirming truth of the Word of God or that all of it failed to make direct reference to Jesus in their lyrics. There were many who did sing and write songs worthy of the worship of God and many of those remain today as anointed as they were when they were first performed recorded or aired in live broadcasts.
However, with the spread of the more secular based songs, over time, congregations ceased to sing the Biblically based hymns and songs that taught the stories and truths of the Scriptures and resigned themselves to be entertained by music that more readily resembled the spectacle of light and sound shows dependent upon ever changing technology resulting in fewer and fewer transformed lives having less and less impact on the prevailing popular culture. But those who truly seek Him today still earnestly pray, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.”
The kingdom of God is not about eating and drinking, not about the acquisition of daily sustenance but about righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. [Romans 14:17]
“For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication…”1 Thessalonians 4:3
“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you…”1 Thessalonians 5:18
DOING WHAT IS GOOD AND ACCEPTABLE BEFORE GOD
“For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men…”1 Peter 2:15
RENEWING OUR MINDS
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God…” Romans 12:2
The will of God in Heaven is all that gives and sustains eternal life in the presence of the glory
of God. This is also the will of God on the earth. That the hearts of men women and children, the old and the young, would be so tuned toward Heaven that we become indistinguishable from Jesus in our thoughts, our words and our deeds. The key to attaining that identity is love, God’s love, the love that the Holy Spirit is shedding abroad in our hearts [Romans5:5]. In that love there is no fear.
“And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.” 1 John 4:16-18