2009-08-07 - Knowing and Doing God's Will
Note: This is written based on a message that I preached way back in 2001 so a little background here might help. I was wrestling with whether God wanted me to be a preacher or not. I prayed a while then asked my pastor for an opportunity to speak as part of a Youth Sunday service. He agreed to let me speak. I prayed and prayed for God's guidance and wrote two closings to this message depending on how it went. I prayed for God to use me and give me peace while I preached if that was what He wanted me to do. And He did. Here is that first message...
Now, I'm not a great preacher but I'd like to speak to you about knowing and doing God's will. On this subject I believe that if we look to God's word we can see that there are five categories of people.
First category - Knowing and Doing
The first group is those who know and do God's will. Jesus is the greatest example of this category. As we just read, Jesus knew God the Father's will and He did it. From His birth, to His death, His every thought and deed was to do God's will. Yes that was God in the flesh so now let's look at a regular guy like us. Let's look at Paul. This guy must have looked like the Anti-Christ to early Christians. He killed Christians. But on the road to Damascus, God stopped him.
And he did it for the rest of his life. Despite personal suffering he did it. Paul knew the secret and shares it in Philippians 1:21 where he wrote "to live is Christ, and to die is gain". I live only to serve Him; I will rest and reap the rewards when I am dead!
John 15:14 says, "Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you." That is our reward; we get to be friends with the King and not just any king but the King of Kings.
There is a businessman in Texas who places signs outside his building much like a church might. One day it simply said, "Yes, Lord." This is the key to life and to surrender - it is how we are to be.
"Yes Lord, I'll be happy where I'm at."
Jesus gave his all for me. How can I give anything less?
To be continued ...
All scripture references from KJV unless otherwise noted