Necessary: To DO God’s Will

September 27, 2012

Friends,
It is not the person who knows God’s will, but the one who does God’s will, who will inherit eternal life. For there are many who, in spite of what they know to be the will of the Lord, will not do it, but instead pursue their own will. This they do because their desire for glory, pleasure, and sin overwhelm Wisdom’s plea to obey God.

The heathen, we know, have no regard to seek God’s will, and they will be judged accordingly. But worse are those who seek it primarily for their own gain or reputation. Once they know it (through studying the Word, through sermons, or even through the conviction of the Spirit), they refuse to do what they know God is commanding them to do. And even if they know this is sin on their part (James 4:17), they don’t care! For they have the attitude that believing in Jesus’ atonement and asking for forgiveness of sin is enough, and that it is good, but not necessary, to walk in the will of the Lord.

However, the Word of God has much to say about God’s will. It says we must seek to know it and then do what we are instructed, and that if we do not, we will cease to be taught and a veil will be thrown across our eyes. We will no longer hear the Spirit’s voice, we will no longer understand God’s Word, and our minds and hearts will become dull and darkened. (Rom. 1:21,22,28 // 2 Cor. 3:14-16 & 4:3,4 // Eph. 4:17-19) By having known God’s will yet refusing to do it, a punishment of many blows will be awarded. (Luke 12:47) No, this does not mean merely an earthly punishment, for verse 46 makes it clear that the punishment is in Hell –and of a worse degree than that given for those who were less knowledgable or privileged. (v. 48 // Matt. 11:20-24)

Jesus says in Rev. 3:3, “Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; obey it, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you.” Compare His words there with His words back in Luke 12:46: “The Master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect Him and at an hour he is not aware of. He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the unbelievers.” Let us take note that this servant was Christ’s servant at one time, but was a servant who strayed from His Master’s will, and was thus assigned the punishment of unbelievers. Is, then, mere belief really the ticket to Heaven? Or is it obedience which gets a person there? –Obedience to God’s commands and will? Verses such as Heb. 10:36 and 1 John 2:17 tell us that it is the man who does God’s will who is given eternal life, while Jesus warns in Matt. 7:21-23 that those who do not do God’s will, even if they pretend they are doing it, will be refused entrance.

In light of these Truths, may all of us –daily– pray along with the Psalmist, “Teach me to do Your will, O Lord,” (see 143:10) “[for] to do Your will, O my God, is my desire; Your law is within my heart.” (Ps. 40:8) –Not having it merely in our heads or on our lips (as with the hypocrites), but having it abiding and working in our mind and heart (Mark 7:6 // Heb. 10:16) so that God’s will is accomplished in, by, and through us. (Eph. 3:20 // Phil. 2:12,13) For only by our full submission and total obedience to God are we enlightened with more knowledge of His will (Matt. 13:11-16 // Rom. 12:1,2) and are thus enabled to progress in His will, doing so in strength and confidence, performing those good deeds and exploits He has prepared in advance for us to do. (Matt. 11:12 // Eph. 2:10)

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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