C. S. Lewis offered an astounding thought in his book The Great Divorce, “There are two kinds of people in the world; those who say to God, ‘Thy will be done,’ and those to whom God says, ‘Thy will be done.’ ” It may seem surprising at first, but this is God’s love in action. He loved people enough to allow them to beat Him, spit on Him, and crown Him with thorns. Furthermore, He prayed for their forgiveness while they did all that!
With our Father, it’s all about a loving relationship. Forced obedience and forced participation are not part of a loving relationship. God did not force Jesus to be obedient to the point of death on the cross. Jesus was obedient out of love to the Father. We are to emulate His loving obedience. Our Father offers a loving relationship to any who will enter in to it. However, Philippians 2 tells us forced obedience is in the future for all who refuse Him. When that day comes, obedience will be universal, but it won’t be part of a loving relationship!
When Zaccheus came down from the tree and said, “Lord…,” he was recognizing the truth of Jesus’ being. The same was true for Saul on the Damascus road. God blinded Saul and Saul cried out, “Lord…” When a person calls out and says, “Lord,” they are agreeing with what is actually true. Sadly, there are times and situations when we fail to recognize the truth of Who He is. There are those times we don’t say, “Lord,” and our actions are not in line with the truth of Who He is.
Think about this. There are only two choices. Choice one: He is Lord, and this agrees with God, His Word, and all we know to be true. Choice two: He is not Lord, and this puts one in agreement with all that is false and ungodly.
When we submit ourselves to His Lordship, we are saying, “Thy will be done!” And rather than state the alternative, let’s just agree we never want to be in the position for God to say to us, “Thy will be done!”
Soli Deo Gloria!