Jesus prays to our Father, “Your Kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Jesus preaches the Kingdom of God. Jesus declares the coming of the Kingdom of God. He proclaims, “It is at hand!” It’s here! The Kingdom! Look at it!
Jesus casts out demons because there are no demons in heaven.
Jesus heals because there is no sickness in heaven.
Jesus comforts because there are no tears in heaven.
Jesus feeds because there is no hunger or thirst in heaven.
Jesus raises the dead because there is no death in heaven.
“Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
Are you praying this prayer? Jesus said it was a good idea to pray this prayer, to ask God to please do his will on earth just like it’s done in heaven. Are you bringing the Kingdom of God to your part of the earth? Are you obeying his will like the rocks and the trees and the oceans and the animals obey his will?
There is no revenge in heaven. There is no hate in heaven. There are no arguments in heaven. There are no disagreements in heaven. No suspicion. No politics. No war. No division of any kind. No violence, verbal or physical. No mistrust. No gossip. No complaining. You won’t find any of those things in heaven.
Is the will of God being obeyed in your church just like it is in heaven? In your elders’ meetings? In your congregational committees? In your marriage? In your family around your dinner table at night? Are you bringing the Kingdom of God to your work place? To your school? To the Little League team you’re coaching or the civic club to which you belong?
If God has completely eradicated selfish behavior and gamesmanship and competition in heaven, if that is his holy will, why would you insist on bringing any of that into his Church? Or putting up with it?
The rivers and mountains and squirrels and fish all obey God’s will on earth just as it is in heaven. What’s wrong with us?