Wednesday, January 15, 2014


This morning while studying this very well known phrase of the Lord's Prayer I was refreshed...Why? 

I have returned to a place that wants everyone to feel comfortable, okay with where they are in every way. Everyone's choices are their own, and there are no other choices that are any better than any others! This phrase says that there is a good Father who has a divine will for his creation.  Which includes all of these very free individuals that wander on earth as a mist in time.  

What is God's will?  God's will is that we be brought back to himself, secondly.  God's will is that he is glorified, firstly. The Son glorified Father by doing the work that Father sent him to do (Jn 17), and the Son received glory through those the Father gave the Son out of the world to reveal the Father to! Yeah!  The Son glorifies the Father by revealing the Father to the Father's beloved creation. This is God's will, therefore, that we believe in the Son and are brought into right relationship with the Father and live forever worshiping him.  What a marvelous, good, and perfect will. 

This is refreshing to me because in praying, "Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven,"  I imagine that the angels KNOW that Jesus is the Saviour of the world and they worship him and the Father...all the time!  If I'm praying that God's will be done on earth as it is in heaven, I am saying I want to be part of the whole world knowing the Son of God and believing in him as the way to the Father just as the angels in heaven do!

This refreshes me because it reminds me that just because we all want to be comfortable and let everyone else be comfortable too...God's will is so much greater than that!  His will is that we be satisfied deeply and eternally in Him.  Why would we want anyone to miss that by letting them stay comfortable for the mist of a lifetime on earth?  What's so great about being comfortable anyway?

I love Nigeria and I love the United States for very different reasons.  One thing I love about Nigeria, is that in the dust and dirt and harsh realities of infants dying unnecessary deaths and violence threatening your life, you don't have as much time to think about settling down to make yourself comfortable.  This earth is not meant for eternity, but we are. That's why we long for wholeness and peace.  Why don't we tell people we've found it? 

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