Monday, February 14, 2011

Thy Will Be Done Among Us...

We live in a democratic culture that values very highly personal independence, individual freedom, self realization, and self determination. Anything that restricts "rights" is often looked upon very critically. We want to be in charge of our lives, from cradle to casket. However, in the Third Petition of the Lord's Prayer, Christian's pray to their heavenly Father that His will, not ours, be done. In outward Christendom, society's love of freedom expresses itself in the teaching that man is free to "choose" to follow Jesus. When carefully examined, we realize that this is a claim that we are able to emancipate ourselves from the kingdom of the devil and join the kingdom of God, as if both were human organizations or clubs. If we accept this thinking for argument's sake, we might wonder: If our will is stronger than the devil, what prevents it from creating for ourselves a pain-free paradise on earth? The simple answer is: God's will be done. Cross We Suffer With Jesus pg. 12

As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient... ...But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved... Ephesians 2:1-5


  1. Thank you Jesus for baptism so I don't live my whole life under the illusion that I'm in control of steps. The Lord orders ours steps. Of this I am certain!

  2. I like this part in the catechism also...

    Thy will be done on earth as in heaven.
    How is this done?

    (God's good and gracious will is done) When God breaks and hinders every evil counsel and will which would not let us hallow God's name nor let His kindom come, such as the will of the devil, the world, and our flesh; but strengthens and preserves us steadfast in His Word and faith unto our end. This is His gracious and good will.

    This is most certainly true.

    Bethany :)

  3. Bethany I was debating whether or not to mention that part in the catechism as well! Thanks for sharing that with us! See you Thursday!