Problem of doing God’s Will
The problem of modern humanity is that we are not seeking to do God‘s will so much as we should be. The way Jesus portrayed himself over here is he’s absolutely sold out to do God‘s will on earth. We kind of know what we should do that, but we find it so tough to do it really to the extent that Jesus did. But if you do even 50% of what Jesus did we would have revolutionized the church and brought revival to our land.
Motivation to do God’s Will
The challenge is to motivate people to be so consumed or consummate about doing God‘s will for their lives. Jesus said, “ my food is the to do the will of the Father.” In other words if he doesn’t do God’s will, he will die. In the context of what’s happening after teaching the greatest theology of worship to the Samaritan woman, Jesus turned around and explain to the disciples that his food is to do God‘s will. What he’s saying is that he’s reaching out to the Samaritan woman is the absolute will of God. That reaching out to the Samaritan woman should take precedence over our physical hunger and physical needs. That is aggressive passionate and intense. Not many people can do that. Perhaps Paul can do that.
Revival with 50% like Jesus’ Passion
We do not need to be exactly like Paul or like the Lord Jesus per se, however we do need to grasp the consuming desire to do God‘s will on this earth. In the Lord’s prayer, Jesus prayed the prayer “may your kingdom come your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” That is a prayer of the Lord Jesus that God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven. You know how beautiful it is in heaven? If we could even achieve 50% of what happens like on earth, we would’ve created a paradise in contrast to what we see today. That’s why we need to really seek to do God‘s will.
To glorify God & Enjoy God is more important than serving Him
So let’s face to the challenges. First is to find out God‘s will for our lives in the macro level and the micro level. We know at the macro level God’s will is for us to glorify him and to enjoy him. I like this better than doing things.
Example of go and make disciples of all nations without emphasizing first that all the authority has been given to Christ in heaven on earth. It will be devastating & difficult and you be burnt out! We must therefore understand we only go out and make disciples because authority has been given to Jesus. Authorities been given to Jesus on in heaven and earth because of his death on the cross and his resurrection from the dead. On the cross with redemption completed, then we go out to make disciples of all nations.
However even knowing authority has been given to Christ and he empowers us, we still need to have fun! Hallelujah!! we need to enjoy God, just like the Westminster confession #1 says the chief aim of life is to glorify God and enjoy God. Having a task oriented mission of getting a church to move in making disciples of all nations without enjoying God, it just makes everyone dry and dry up every soul in church.
I do think the day has come that we enjoy God more than doing God’s great commission. You cannot do God’s will and not enjoy God and love God. The unseen hands of God divinely operating behind your back in your life, is what motivates & drives you to do God‘s will to serve God to serve Him! Like Paul said,
Paul’s Passionate serving God’s secret
1 Corinthians 15:10–11 (ESV)
10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. 11 Whether then it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.
Paul said “it’s not I!” It’s the grace of God that’s in me!! Makes me work harder than anyone else! He never gets brunt out, but always burning for Christ. What a man! And he died got martyred for Christ!
I exhort you learn to enjoy God and love God and glorify God first and foremost, so make serving God a joy!