Matthew 6:10 | God's Will Be Done
Matthew 6:10 (NKJV): “Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
This verse is within the passage where Jesus teaches us how we should pray to the Father. I will be focusing on the verse mentioned and exploring what it means, and hopefully gain a better understanding of God’s will.
Jesus is instructing us to pray that the Father’s will would be done in this world. The verse from Matthew provides us with a powerful picture: Jesus, being God, is telling us to pray that God’s will would be done on earth. God is telling us to ask God to carry out His will on the earth. This brings to light a tragic reality, but a truth that is evident every day. If Jesus is telling us to pray that God’s will would be done on earth as it is in heaven, then that would mean God’s will is being done differently in heaven than on earth. Why would Jesus tell us to pray for God’s will to be done on earth if it was already being done as it is in heaven? We know heaven and earth are not the same, because sin is an undeniable factor in this present mortal reality. Because of the impediments that God allows to exist within our frame of existence, this world we currently live in is broken. Heaven is not broken.
And why is heaven not broken? As we see from Christ’s words, heaven is what it is because of God’s will, and that His will is done there. In heaven, there is nothing that impedes the will of God. Of course, we cannot deny God’s sovereignty, and that He is still, and always will be, the author of what has passed and what will be. But God’s sovereignty doesn’t mean He wants sin, or that He caused us to sin. We know God does not tempt us to do evil, for God is entirely and perfectly good (James 1:13-15; Mark 10:18). Why would God want His creation to sin and separate themselves from Him? Jesus has told us that in this world we will have trouble; our sin has made it so. Yet, Christ also says, “But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 NIV). The impediment of earth is sin, and in heaven there is no sin. Sin is simply acting contrary to God’s will.
So, how does one not act contrary to God’s will; how do we not sin? To not sin, and to be good enough to honor God’s will entirely a