Seeking His Will

Thy will be done on earth as it is in heav­en.” Matthew 6:10

God wants us to align our­selves to the pur­pose He has set in His sov­er­eign will. We have the pow­er to decide whether or not to align our lives with that pur­pose. Our deci­sion to sub­mit to the Lord­ship of Christ includes acknowl­edg­ing our align­ment with His pur­pos­es. The soon­er we rec­og­nize His sov­er­eign­ty and seek His per­fect will, the quick­er we will be pre­pared to ful­fill His plan for our lives. This implies the recog­ni­tion that each one of us has a par­tic­u­lar pur­pose and unique mis­sion in the King­dom of God. He does not raise robots, or begets chil­dren in series, as in a fac­to­ry assem­bly line. We have been cre­at­ed, shaped, and pre­pared for a spe­cif­ic mis­sion.

I remem­ber watch­ing an inter­view with William Franklin “Bil­ly” Gra­ham Jr. to a tele­vi­sion net­work in which he con­fessed that he was not God’s first choice to ful­fill the min­istry he decid­ed to take on. Anoth­er per­son was called to receive that man­tle and anoint­ing of the Spir­it to per­form that assign­ment, to become an elo­quent preach­er, to over­come many per­son­al dif­fi­cul­ties, to become the coun­selor to var­i­ous pres­i­dents of the Unit­ed States and oth­er coun­tries.

Bil­ly Gra­ham accept­ed the chal­lenge and dif­fi­cul­ties of the ardu­ous task and per­formed it in total sub­mis­sion to God’s plans, and mil­lions accept­ed the Lord’s redemp­tion through the glo­ri­ous work of His ser­vant.  We must be ful­ly aware that, if we reject God’s plan for our lives, He will raise sur­ro­gates to ful­fill His will. Despite His omni­science and fore­knowl­edge, God depends on our voli­tion­al deci­sion to move. The same applies when accept­ing His sov­er­eign­ty over our lives. Hence, let us be respon­sive to God’s call.

Since we are born we are sub­ject to this shap­ing process, i.e., to be con­formed to the image of Christ, a process that endures through­out our life. We are called to reflect the image of Christ as con­trib­u­tors for the estab­lish­ment of His King­dom on earth. Our great­est mis­sion is to per­form our call­ing for the advance­ment of His will on earth just as it is in Heav­en. Jesus’ priest­ly prayer taught to His dis­ci­ples includes the sup­pli­ca­tion for the Father’s will to be done. He declared: “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heav­en.” See Matthew 6:10. This state­ment assumes indi­vid­ual sub­mis­sion to His eter­nal plan.

We need to be will­ing to hear what the Lord has to say to us. This pre­dis­po­si­tion is expressed or act­ed upon as we engage in prayer and med­i­ta­tion on the Word.

Source: from the book enti­tled “The Will of God Amid Cri­sis”, Author: RC Brud­er © 2014 — Orlan­do, FL, USA.