Let it Be

2 Jul

Part one:

“Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done.” Jesus taught his disciples to pray.  There is no “If” at the beginning.  In fact, the implied missing word at the beginning of this phrase would be, “Let”.  It is a praise of faith and faithfulness.  Believing and doing.  It requires both to be a defender of the fatherless.  It requires both faithfulness and faith to engage in duty that is being fulfilled in the present and in the future interconnected.  (Let) Thy kingdom come.  “Let it be.  Let it be.  And in it’s allowing, show me the part you expect of me.”  No, we did not slow dance to this one in ages past.

Jesus first entered the synagogue in Nazareth and was given the book of Isaiah to read.  He carefully chose, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; He hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised and to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.”  This opening message in Christ’s earthly mission demonstrated a constancy toward the “last, least, littlest and lost” (J.E. Tada) lasting throughout His earthly course.  In one of His last messages, as they asked, “When saw we thee hungry, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or
in prison and did minister unto thee?” His response then was, “Inasmuch as ye did it to one of the least of these, ye did it unto me.”  The kingdom would come and the purpose of His ministry would be accomplished as people were obedient in allowing themselves to reach out to those in need.  The fatherless and orphan are chief among them all.

(Let) Thy will be done.  Jesus’ prayer and His intended meaning was not for this, God’s-will being-done thing, to be a spectator sport.  Although God in His sovereignty, in His omnipotence would need nothing more than our individual passive observance, He nonetheless requests our complete uncompromised involvement.  We may choose to be a cheerleader from the sidelines and He will find another player for the field but His intention is for each of us to get into the game.  Not all as quarterbacks.  Christ was acknowledging the final success of God’s plan and committing Himself to performing the choices that would take it to completion.  So should we.  And He was teaching others to teach others to do the same in a chain reaction through time.   God’s will would be accomplished in the present and into the future interconnected.

“If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him.”(Mt. 7:11)  Faith and faithfulness for God’s kingdom accomplished and God’s will being done in this interlocked present and future, hinges on the successful transfer of the concept contained in this verse…a loving, nurturing God…a Father.  Christ implies that a father’s love for his children, though only a flimsy model, illustrates a picture we can comprehend of our Father in Heaven’s love being even bigger.  The bigness of that love was to be the basis of faith.  “Ask and ye shall receive, seek and ye shall find, knock and it shall be opened.”  The Father loves his children.  He loves them enough to teach us to love Himself as God more than ourselves and to love others more than ourselves.  Earthly fathers have a responsibility to teach their children these same principles.  They do this by being a role model.  Children learn how to respond to a Loving Father by experiencing a loving father and they learn how to be loving fathers by experiencing a Fatherly father role model.  The present rotates around these truths and becomes the future of sharing hope with hearts.

(to be continued)

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