How do we honor God? It’s a pretty safe bet that a small fraction of the global population wakes up every morning asking that question to begin their day. Yet, our ultimate fulfillment really does depend on how we answer. So, how do we honor God? One of the best ways is to breathe His desires and to crave His will. There aren’t many of us who claim to be followers of Jesus who will do that consistently; it isn’t very natural, and it doesn’t appeal at all to the fallen self. But if we knew the glory and the peace of being at one with His will, we’d have no greater craving. God’s desire for us is for us to desire only Him.
To desire God goes beyond the need for His friendship that we so desperately seek. It is a desire with feet. It works. It isn’t content with only the emotional side of the relationship; it must put godly emotions and allegiances into action. Our desire for Him necessarily includes a desire to work with Him. There is no way to separate our love and our will.
“My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to finish His work.” (John 4:34)
Jesus didn’t just seek to do His Father’s will from a sense of obligation. There is no drudgery in it. It wasn’t a matter of gritting His teeth and getting it done so He could go about His other business. There was no other business. This was His food – His life, His breath, His passion. Doing the Father’s Will was the entire preoccupation of His life. And at the end of John’s Gospel, Jesus tells His followers that they are sent out the same way the Father sent Him (John 20:21). His food is their food. His love of the Father’s Will was to be theirs. And ours.
How can we accomplish such a thing? There’s no other way than God’s way; He fills us with His Spirit. It is He who is working in us, both to will and to work for His Father’s purposes (Philippians 2:13). Not only does He give us the desires of our hearts (Psalm 37:4), but He also gives us the desires of our hearts. He puts them in there, if we’ve submitted our hearts to Him with delight.
So, is God’s Will our food? Do we seek to accomplish His Will as a bonus to pursuing our own, or is His the only one we really care about? The truth is, the single-mindedness of someone passionate about His will is liberating. It is. Crave His Will Alone.
Have a satisfying weekend. Make it better by worshiping The Lord with those who have learned the secret that the abundant life is found in our hunger and thirst for Him and His righteousness.
All For Jesus – Nothing More, Nothing Less, Nothing Else.
“He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, The King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see, to Him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.” (1 Timothy 6:15b-16)