Christianity 201

April 20, 2010

On Earth As It Is In Heaven

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We’ve prayed it many times:

Thy Kingdom come
Thy will be done
On earth as it is in heaven

But how is God’s will done in heaven?

I see two things, but perhaps you can think of others:

(1) There is constant worship. The KJV of Rev. 4:8 says “they rest not.”  The NLT reads:

Day after day and night after night they keep on saying, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty — the one who always was, who is, and who is still to come.”

So if you want to see a bit of the will of God done here on earth, there’s going to be non-stop worship.

(2) There is instant compliance. God simply speaks the word and it happens.   “And God said…” is the constant theme of the creation narrative, giving new meaning to the old phrase “God said it, I believe it, that settles it.”

Except the missing middle part wouldn’t be “I believe it;” but something closer to “I’m obeying it.”

Unlike creation, God cannot always simply make things happen unless we’re willing to be used as partners with him; he has chosen in this time and place to work through willing people.


  1. Good, concise, thought producing post. Thank you.
    There is a fantastic book out on this topic by award-winning author Robert Lloyd Russell. It is called THY WILL BE DONE ON EARTH: Understanding God’s Will for You” and is one of the best books, most life-changing books I have ever read (other than the Bible itself).

    Comment by Butch — April 21, 2010 @ 8:24 am | Reply

    • Readers:
      I did a quick check and the book is a 2008 title available from self-publisher Xulon Press. The author has also done a biography of Jim Elliot.

      Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — April 21, 2010 @ 9:35 am | Reply

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