To the Called Out Ones of Jesus Christ,
The Will of God,
To the Called Out Ones of Jesus the Christ,
Do you know what the will of God is? Do you know what it is for you, your family, your city or the world? Does that sound like a funny question? Maybe one that’s hard to answer, as if were some great spiritual mystery? Although I struggled with this myself when I was younger, I now wonder at how prevalent the lack of understanding of God’s will is, especially among Christians.
Jesus taught us to pray, “Our Father who is in Heaven, may Your name be honored and may Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.” If we pray this prayer then shouldn’t we know what it would mean to fulfill it? Or has this just become a nice sounding liturgy that we say in church services and funerals without seriously considering that we should actually understand it and be doing something about it?
It is every Christian’s duty to fulfill the Lord’s prayer – seeing the will of God done on earth as it is heaven – by doing what Jesus taught us to do
(His commands / His will) and teaching others to do the same. This is exactly what He told us to do when He gave us the Great Commission.
“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.”
But what is it? Although we may not know in a specific moment of time exactly what job we should pursue, who to marry, or what to have for dinner, knowing God’s (or Jesus’) will should be a clear as day to us because they have made it abundantly clear. Jesus said, *
“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. This is my command: Love each other.” John 15:9-17
The Apostle John later spells it out this way:
“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us….
God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. We love because he first loved us. Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.” 1 John 4:7-21
God’s will is His command. God’s will is for us to love one another, plain and simple, and above all else. It’s more important that our doctrinal differences and our cultural and political barriers. It’s not complicated and can and should begin right at home. Among other things, God’ will is:
– good marriages – husbands loving their wives in a sacrificial and deferential way. It means wives respecting and honoring their husbands. It
means fathers focusing on their families above all else to love them, to be at home leading their families, providing for them faithfully so that their
wives and children don’t suffer from poverty and neglect.
– healthy and happy kids who love and honor their parents, are well-mannered and respectful of their elders and leaders in their churches and schools and government. God’s will is that all children be nurtured and cared for with love so that they are able to learn and grow and fulfill their God-given potential.
– loving our neighbors (and fellow church members) as ourselves, bearing each other’s burdens, sharing with and caring for one another, forgiving one another and treating each other with kindness and grace, speaking kindly without malice and anger.
– justice for everyone, especially for those most vulnerable among us – the poor and needy, the immigrant, the elderly, and the widow and orphans.
It doesn’t matter what we “say” we believe if our lives do not honor God and accomplish His will. Our lives and the world around us should be like heaven because we’re doing His will. Even though we may not do this perfectly, we should be seeking it passionately and intentionally (Matthew 6:33) and helping others to do the same. This is the call and “great commission” of everyone who calls Jesus their Lord. Let us do this with all of our hearts.
For the sake of the world and the glory of God,
Saturdays At Camp Hope Winter Shelter – 8:30am
We are moving to the Camp Hope Winter Shelter Conference Room to meet every Saturday, 1702 Englewood Avenue, 98902 from 8:30 – 10:00am.
Please call or text Dennis Crane, 509.910.7772, if you have any questions.
Please invite others to come that share their desire for Transformation in the Yakima Valley.