The Lord’s prayer is rightly the most spoken prayer in Christianity. But there are several statement in that prayer that are for the most part glossed over by many in the current day church. One of the most obvious is “Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven”. Here is what Martin Luther thought of these words:
The good and gracious will of God is done even without our prayer, but we pray in this petition that it may be done among us also.
As expected, due to Luther’s extremely low image of self-worth he puts it all on God and nothing on man. Why would we need to pray that God’s will be done if it will happen irregardless of what we do or say? Luther was one of the primary people to help turn Christianity into a seemingly do-nothing religion. He has convinced so many that all you need to do is to say the right words and then get a “get into heaven free” card to use after your death. Luther adamantly believed that all of us should be able to read the words of God, not just the Pope and his bastions. I certainly thank him for helping to make that happen. I just wished he had not focused so much on one particular verse (you are saved by grace alone) in order to justify his personal feelings and seemingly ignored so many of Jesus’ commands.
Jesus, through his many words in the Gospels made it ultimately clear how we as his followers were to make God’s kingdom come to earth. We are to love God with all our hearts and love our fellow man, even our enemies.
Was Jesus wasting his breath giving us all his commands when everything was actually pre-determined and set in stone?
Another of the perhaps the most quoted verse in the Bible has the most important verse glossed over by us Christians. The Great Commission as it has been called says:
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.
We do a great job of baptizing and an ok job of teaching but why do we almost totally ignore his words to obey his commands?
Jesus told us how to make heaven on earth. He almost gave us a roadmap to make it happen. I personally look at that roadmap daily and try to keep my life well within the lines. Do I do this perfectly? Obviously not, but I will strive till the day I die to fulfill his words and yes, obey is commands.