“Man’s greatest honor and privilege is to do the will of God. This was what the Lord Jesus taught His disciples. He once said that only those who did His Father’s will would enter the kingdom of Heaven (Matt. 7:21). He also said that His true brothers and sisters were those who did the will of God (Matt. 12:50). ”
– Zac Poonen
Zac Poonen’s Greatest Honor Quote Commentary
One of Rick Warren’s opening lines in ‘The Purpose-driven life’ is ‘It is not about you.’ This is a humbling sentence because it goes to the core of a proper and bible-centered Christian life. The whole thesis of Christianity is not about us getting what we want and enjoying the pleasures the world has to offer. Instead, Christianity is all about doing God’s will. This is easy to say. This is probably even easy to conceptualize and intellectualize. However, when it comes to actually doing it and living by it-it can get very challenging. Most of us have been trained up to seek ourselves first. This is why seeking something above and beyond our mortal wishes and ambitions seem so, well, foreign. This is precisely the foreign territory the Gospel takes us through. This is precisely the journey we need to take-from self-seeking and self-absorbed people to God-seeking followers.
Take the adventure of faith by seeking after God’s will
The Christian way of life can be summed up by many different words but my preferred word is ‘adventure.’ It truly is an adventure when we devote ourselves to following the will of God. At first, it starts with an exploration. We need to figure out what God’s will is for our lives. This involves being silent and letting God speak to our heart. This involves digging deep into his word and seeking his guidance. Next, we need to let God’s will overtake our daily dealings. This means letting go of the stuff we want and the stuff that made sense from our own personal carnal perspectives and trusting that God has something better. This means forgiving when holding grudges seemed so much more satisfying. This means trusting and taking leaps of faith when curling up in our comfort zones seemed so much more reassuring. Following God’s will involves exploring foreign and unfamiliar territory. It definitely involves making a trek far from our comfort zone. Just like with any adventure, it can be scary or it can be very thrilling.
Are you ready to slay the giants in your life
Just like how God led the Israelites from Egypt, our journey of faith with him involves foreign territory and conquering areas in our lives we would rather leave alone. By trusting fully in God, his will leads us to become fuller, gentler, more loving people. All it takes is trust and focusing on the only thing that matters-God. It’s not about us. Instead, it’s all all about God’s will. The good news is that we can trust that God only wants happy results for us.