Posted by: admin on Thu, May 12, 2011
Pastor Bob Chapman
Are we doing God’s will or doing our works?
John 4:34, “Jesus said unto them, My meat is to do the will of Him that sent me, and to accomplish His work”.
Are we doing God’s will and accomplishing His works as determined by His will or are we determining works for Him and seeking to accomplish them in our own willpower?
Jesus desired to do the will of the Father and accomplish the works defined by the Father within the determined will of the Father. In other words, Jesus submitted Himself to the Father’s will regardless of the nature or the consequence of the work that God determined had to be done.
Are we living our discipleship like that? Are we seeking God’s will for our lives according to the plan He prepared for our lives before the foundation of the world, (Ephesians 2:10) so that we may accomplish His works His way, regardless of the nature of or the consequence of the work He chooses? Are we seeking to know His personal will for us in His kingdom (Ephesians 5:17) in order to accomplish His works His way?
My observations convey to me that most of what is going on in disciples’ lives is the very opposite of this. Disciples are determining what work to do for God, most of which is qualified by them or their denomination before they enter into it. Will it be comfortable? Will it be rewarding? Will it be successful? Will it interfere with my plans for life? Will it affect my family plans for the future? Will it upset the brethren? These are but a few of the concerns disciples have when it comes to doing the works they determine have to be accomplished “for” God.
The true disciple merely commits their will to God’s will and gets on with whatever work is designated to them by Him. They dismiss the outcomes, the personal costs, and any other obstacle their flesh or others may erect before them. They go around, over or through those obstacles in their determination to accomplish the works of Him who is sending them. They know the filling, leading, empowering and anointing of the Holy Spirit and are not ignorant of God’s personal will for their lives.
For Jesus, doing the will of God was the meat that sustained Him. Doing the works of Him who sent Him was not the meat that sustained Him. Let’s not be ignorant of what God’s personal will is for each of our lives and let us sustain ourselves in that will doing whatever God determines for us to do, thus bringing glory to Him. Let’s stop doing selective works we determine may be pleasing unto Him and which too often bring glory to us.
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