Matthew 6:10-13The Message (MSG)
7-13 “The world is full of so-called prayer warriors who are prayer-ignorant. They’re full of formulas and programs and advice, peddling techniques for getting what you want from God. Don’t fall for that nonsense. This is your Father you are dealing with, and he knows better than you what you need. With a God like this loving you, you can pray very simply. Like this:
Our Father in heaven,
Reveal who you are.
Set the world right;
Do what’s best—
as above, so below.
Keep us alive with three square meals.
Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others.
Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil.
You’re in charge!
You can do anything you want!
You’re ablaze in beauty!
Yes. Yes. Yes.
Have you ever sat and imagined Heaven? Not the infantile version taught in Sunday School. The place where white Jesus grants the next in line permission to sit on a cloud, playing the lyre for all eternity? No, not that Heaven. Have you ever really sat and contemplated the Real Heaven? I think in order for me to really dive deep into this , I have to list what I believe His will is, and what Heaven is.
Let’s look at what Scripture says is His will:
- Love Him with all your heart, soul, and mind
- Give Thanks in everything
- Have faith and trust in the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit
- Love your neighbor as yourself, including your enemies
- Love yourself
- Be joyful
- Pray without ceasing
- Be love
- Be inclusive
- Use your spiritual gifts to build up the body of Christ
- Love, thirst, and hunger for justice
- Walk humbly
- Serve one another
- Love all of His creation
- Do no harm
- Keep and create peace
- Be patient with one another
- Be in communion with Him and all creation
- Be a good steward of His gifts
- Be honest
- Do what glorifies Him
Now let’s look at what Heaven is to be like:
- No more sorrow
- All are healed
- Singing praises
- In communion with all and the Father and Lamb
- No more hunger, thirst, or poverty
- Joyfully serving
It seems to me Jesus was the literal interpretation of how to do His will on Earth. Jesus was willing to heal the sick, sit at tables with lepers, wash his disciples feet, feed thousands through faith. Simply put, he served all without questioning their worthiness or whether or not they were going to ask again for help. Jesus fed thousands through faith, he found time to have his personal relationship with God and with everyone else, he walked on water and convinced Peter that with enough faith he could walk on water as well. Simply put, God was God and Jesus taught to have faith in that, and drop the ego and pride. Jesus, while hanging on the cross, asked his Father to forgive those inflicting pain on him, he welcomed the criminal next to him into the Kingdom without ever asking if he qualified in regards to the Temple’s regulations. In other words, Jesus was forgiving, even in extreme cases. Jesus was welcoming without ever questioning one’s validity in society, social status, employment, wealth, color, or any other factors that might keep someone out. Because to him, nobody was allowed out. Not even Judas if you ponder about it, Jesus washed his feet with the same care and love as he did the other disciples, knowing fully Judas was about to betray him. These are extreme cases to learn how to live our everyday life!
This to me is partly what Heaven will be when I get there. Just everyone serving and loving one another and praising God all the while. Is that not God’s will for us here on Earth? If we are only loving and serving one another without disqualifying anyone, there would be Heaven on Earth.
Lord hear us in your grace and mercy,
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.