Is Your Will in Line with God’s Will for Your Life?
Obeying God’s Will Establishes His Rule on Earth
by J.M. Troppello
I am a sinner saved by grace. John Blanchard wrote, “You are a sinner by birth, by nature, by practice, and by choice.” In Matthew 6:9-15, Jesus gave a model for prayer. The entire passage is important and shows believers how to pray. However, verse ten focuses on something pivotal in the Christian’s life—praying for God’s will to be done.
Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.
(Matthew 6:10, NKJV)
Dr. David Jeremiah gave a clear definition of what this verse means and how it should play out in the Christian’s life. “When Jesus taught His disciples to pray that God’s will would be done ‘on earth as it is in Heaven,’ He was saying to pray for God’s Kingdom to come, using different words. God’s Kingdom is the realm in which God rules. When God’s will is done on earth, His Kingdom has precedence. So, the best way to establish God’s rule on the earth is to obey God’s will. His rule and His will are the same. God’s will is always done in Heaven. It is done on earth when we submit our will to Him—as Jesus did in the Garden of Gethsemane (see: Luke 22:42).” [Source: Turning Points Magazine and Devotional]
I admit that I haven’t always been good about following God’s will for my life. I have veered off the path many times from where He had wanted me to go. During those times, there were consequences for me following my own will—many times selfish and fleshly desires.
God had a better plan for me, and I choose to walk in my flesh – instead of by faith and the Spirit – and that led to disasters many times in my life.
I had to learn a lot of lessons. However, when I remained open and allowed myself to become better and not bitter, I grew from those situations. Yes, there were times when I allowed myself to wallow in the victim mentality. Yet, most of the time, I got refocused on God and He helped me see that I am a victor in Christ.
50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption. 51 Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”
55 “O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?”
56 The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. (I Cor. 15:50-58, NKJV)
Jesus has already conquered death and hades (the grave). We have victory through Christ’s death on the cross, subsequent resurrection, and second coming. I love how this passage ends in verse 58. Paul urges believers to be steadfast, immovable, and always abounding in the work of the Lord. You need to know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. Hold onto that fact! You can read 2 Cor. 5:10 and Rev 22:12 for more insight into this truth and your future in Heaven as one of the redeemed!
Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.
About the Author
J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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