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Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. – Matthew 6:10

Text: Matthew 6:10

Prop: a large jar of water and a small pebble

Summary: Our goal is to align our will with God’s will, doing his work on earth. When we do that, our efforts have a ripple effect, starting with us and affecting everyone around us.

Sometimes I like to read the comic strips in the newspaper. If the printer does not line up the colors exactly, then it causes the image to blur and looks messy. If all four colors are aligned properly, then the result is a clear image of what the artist wanted us to see. That is a good way to think about how God wants us to line up what we want to do with what he wants to do in the world. The Lord Jesus taught us this in the Lord’s prayer: Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. – Matthew 6:10

I have often wondered why the words “in earth” were used instead of “on earth.” Then I remembered that God said he formed Adam from the dust of the ground. We were made from the earth! (Genesis 2:7) So when we are seeking for God’s kingdom to come, it must start with us first. There are two realms that must line up: the physical realm of things in earth, and the spiritual realm of things in heaven. When the two realms are in alignment, then we have our spirit lined up with God’s Holy Spirit. Then God’s will gets done “in earth” because he is working through us to accomplish his will here.

One way to know God’s will is to pray. So the Lord taught us to pray and seek His will. The result of doing that will make a big difference to everyone around us. It will have a ripple effect. Take a look at this jar of water. (Show the jar of water.) Watch what happens when I drop this tiny pebble in the middle of it. (Drop the pebble in the center to create a ripple.) That is what I mean by a “ripple effect.” It starts in the middle with you, just one tiny pebble in the grand scheme of things. But when your will is in line with God’s will, it has a very big effect. It spreads out in all directions for as far as you have a reach.

Let us pray. Dear Lord Jesus, help me to pray and seek what you want me to do so you will have a ripple effect on everyone around me. Amen.

©2005 by Jim Kerlin. All rights reserved.

This article was written by Jim

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