- Jesus knew that the Father’s will was supreme.
- Jesus accepted the absolute authority of the Father’s will.
- Therefore, Jesus' mission on earth must be totally governed by the Father’s will.
- Unlike us, Jesus never tried to do things His way.
- This is the beauty of total submission, yet divine equality.
If we really believe that Jesus is our model for life and mission, why do we experience such difficulty in following His example? The standard answers don’t work for me; ‘we’re still sinners’, ‘I still live with the old nature’, or ‘we still live in a sinful world’. These statements ignore the truth about who we are in Christ and the purpose for which God has given us His Holy Spirit.
Here are a few references that give God’s perspective on how we do the will of God:
- “If anyone’s will is to do God’s will, he will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority.” (John 7:17).
- “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:2).
- “Not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart,” (Ephesians 6:6).
Paul also affirms that “all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God” (Romans 8:14). We have been born anew and given the Spirit of Jesus so that through His power we also can do the will of God. This is our purpose so that God is glorified! Let us renew our thinking about why we are here and do God’s will from the heart in the power of the Spirit.