Thy Will Be Done
Are you living according to the Lord’s will? Are you doing what the Lord has intended for you to do? Have you submitted yourself to the Lord’s will?
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Text for today’s sermon: Matthew 6:7-10, Romans 12:2
And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do.For they think that they will be heard for their many words. “Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. In this manner, therefore, pray:
Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.
Thy will be done – on earth, as it is in heaven. I don’t know how many of you use this in your daily prayer, but I incorporate the beginning of the Lord’s prayer into my daily prayer. I always say, Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. I typically go on into my prayer, talking to the Lord, and asking of the Lord His many blessings for not only me but for other loved ones and acquaintances. Have you ever really looked at what you pray for? Within the start of my prayer, praying that the Lord’s will be done, have you ever looked at that and tried to understand what that means?
I ask that question because we often say things without really understanding or comprehending what exactly we are saying at the time – especially we Christians. Not so long ago, while singing one of the hymns out of hymn book, I asked the church congregation did they realize just what they were singing? I have been saying for years, “thy will be done,” and some of you may have too, but it was only until recently that the Lord’s will truly dawned on me. As Christians we ought to try and understand and discern the Lord’s will and what His will means to us. Are you living according to the Lord’s will? Are you doing what the Lord has intended for you to do? Have you submitted yourself to the Lord’s will?
The Lord’s will
God’s will, His purpose for your life. You were born at specific time, a specific place, for a very specific reason – I truly believe this to be true. My dad was born in 1948 and lived 63 magnificent years. He had a try out for the Atlanta Braves that he would proudly brag about, even though he did not make the team. He joined the military and served until he was honorably discharged. My dad did a lot of things, but ultimately God had a specific plan for him. You see, we all have gifts, and I believe that God has a specific plan on how He intends for you to use that gift. My dad was a really good people’s person, in a way, but most importantly he was a really good communicator.
All the things that my dad wanted to do, but God intended for my dad to preach His gospel and spread His truth. Pop would tell the story of how he tried to run from his destiny, but found himself spent out on a highway with my mom who was pregnant at the time. In their spin out, as they cross all the lanes of the highway, they were not hit by not one vehicle. Pop realized that he was being put on notice – you cannot fight what the Lord has for you to do.
I found myself in the same boat as pop – like father like son, right? I thought that I was going to run from what the Lord had willed for me to do but God didn’t even let me run – I couldn’t even get out the blocks! On the day I was going to run, pop was called on home, and it was in that time that I realized, I cannot run from what God’s will. Ultimately, we must all realize and understand that God has a purpose for each and every one of us. I truly believe that all of us have been given a gift according to God’s purpose – God’s will. We, the true believer of God, must become attuned to the Lord’s will so that we can better live to our purpose.
Within God’s will you will find that God does not want to do battle with you. God has no intention of fighting somebody in listening and following after His will. God wants to guide and lead you so that you can better use your gift and perform your task. The question becomes, are you going to listen to God’s guidance? The better question, will you actually submit yourself to His will?
Neglecting the Lord’s will
Submittance? Good grief, what a word. You know, submitting becomes a word that when you hear it, it bugs you. Wives, submit yourself to your husbands. How many women do you think I just bugged with that phrase? When you submit yourself to somebody, you’re giving them the reigns – the control. To submit yourself to somebody means that you’re putting yourself beneath them and giving yourself over to their power. The last thing that we want to do is is submit ourselves to somebody; we are a slave to no man.
You see, we like our freedom, right? Yes, we absolutely love our freedom and to do whatever it is that we choose to do. We want to go out whenever we want to go out, and we want to eat whatever it is we choose to eat. We want to be the boss of our own life, we don’t need nobody being our own boss – especially God. It is us that live down here, therefore we typically choose our way over any other way that may be available to us. We choose to neglect the Lord’s will for our very own will because our will is the best and only will there is.
Do not neglect the Lord’s will. Do not neglect what God has for you. Do not rebel against the Lord. To reject, to neglect, to rebel against the Lord is to sin. Do not be a sinner. The sinner, let’s take a moment to look at the sinner. The sinner completely neglects, rejects, and rebels against God and God’s will. The sinner believes that his or her ways is absolutely better than God’s ways; maybe because God hasn’t given them all the money in the world or don’t have the finest car in the world. The sinner wants what others have and so you find that they are in love with the world and chase after the things of the world. The sinner loves the world, love his way, and loves his will over the Lords. The sinner actually believes that he or she is responsible for his or her blessings.
Do not neglect the Lord. Do not neglect what the Lord has in His will for you! Don’t neglect God’s purpose for you – don’t be like the sinner. Here is what the Apostle Paul has to say to you:
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. – Romans 12:2 NKJV
In other words, be better than the sinner! Do not conform to the same kind of mind as that of the sinner but let your mind be transformed by the Holy Spirit. You see, our minds must be transformed – let us understand this point – living to the world and living to your own will will profit you nothing. Let us also understand the point that it is when we serve to the Lord’s will that we find the Lord’s blessings. When we submit ourselves to the Lord’s will, not fighting against His will, we’ll find that the Lord profits us as well. How can we be a profit of ourselves? Can we truly bring about our own blessings?
Our role in His will
So what do we do differently from the sinner? We must learn to submit ourselves to the will of the Lord instead of fighting or neglecting His will. Ultimately, understand this, the Lord is going to get done what He wants to get done – there is nothing you can do to stop that. Do you really think that you can stop God? Trying to stop God is like jumping out on the highway and trying to stop a truck going 75 mph – good luck with that.
The best thing that we as Christians can do is learn to submit and ride the will of God. God’s will is like a wave, like a streaming current, that we should learn how to ride out on and not fight. Learn to trust in God. We get like the person that’s about to get baptized by the preacher, but doesn’t trust the preacher and so they begin to fight as the preacher lets them back into the water. Trust God! Trust in His will!
Over the past few weeks, going through what I have been going through, I could have easily said I am done with God’s will. I could be mad at God, but over these last few weeks God has continually brought me through and I understand that God has a plan for me. You see, I have a testimony; where I could have been dead and gone, God has allowed me to live on and continue to teach and preach in His word. I can say today that I have a testimony! You see, I couldn’t necessarily say that before but today I have a testimony! I am ridding the wave of the Lord’s will and I am anxious to see where it is that the Lord is taking me.
Understand that God has something special for all of those who choose to submit themselves to His will and ride the wave of His wave. The Lord’s will is going to be done, are you going to be there at the end to see the end result of His will? I don’t know about you, but I plan on being there and I want you to be there too!