‘I delight to do your will’

girl-162474_640Psalm 40:8: I delight to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.”

The will of whom you do, shows who your lord/God/god is. If your god is self, then you will follow your self-will but Jesus said that if anyone will follow him, he must deny himself (Matthew 16:24), carry his cross to do that. You are not a follower if you are only about your own will.

If you are thrilled by money it will dictate your decision. There is a man who came to Jesus saying that he wanted eternal life, but when he had to choose between his money and following God, he chose money (Mark 10:17-22).

Down the ages there has been two choices put before humanity, not many, it is the way of the will of God or something else, it is the way of God or you get lost. The story of the lost sheep that Jesus related shows that for the sheep (Luke 15:3-7), there are only two ways: to follow the shepherd or get lost, there is no middle ground. It is an either-or situation. It’s either black or white, there are no grey areas.

The only reason Christians are supposed to engage with the process to renew our minds is to become internally optimised to choose the will of God, which is the acceptable and matured thing to do (Romans 12:1-2).

Moses told the people: I set before you today life and death, choose life that you and your children may live (Deuteronomy 30:19, Joshua 24:15). There is always opportunity cost in choosing the way of God. For Jesus, choosing the pain of the cross, for the glory after, was a good choice (Hebrews 12:1-4).

Adam and Eve were to choose between eating any tree in the garden or not eating one of it (Genesis 2:16-17; 3); it was a choice between the will of God or something else, between following the word of God or something else, between truth and falsehood, between life and death (God had said that Adam can eat the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil on the pain of death).

Moses gave Pharaoh two options. He was supposed to either yield to God and release the children or face divine judgment, it was either he cooperated with God, or his land is destroyed (Exodus 8:20-21, 10:4). He chose destruction, in a height of hardheartedness against God. Jesus said anyone who does not gather with him, is not doing any gathering at all, no matter what she calls what she does (Matthew 12:30).

Jesus said the people should rejoice when in the process of doing the will of God, they get punished, persecuted, because great is their reward in heaven (Matthew 5:10-12). The prize they pay for choosing the path of persecution was small compared to the joy of heaven. But they still had to make that choice.

We are called to walk in the light and reject darkness; to walk in righteousness, to make the choice between making our bodies instruments of righteousness or of unrighteousness (Romans 6:13).

A man told Jesus, I want to follow you but I must take care of some home affairs first, but Jesus said that the one who lays his hands on the plough and looks back is not worthy of him. It’s either you leave everything to follow him or you lose Him. The choice is yours.

In the focus verse, the psalmist does not just want to do the will of God; it excites him to do them. He holds that as his highest calling, the purpose for his living. It goes beyond the peer pressure, beyond eye service, beyond what is convenient or preferable. He is committed to walking in the light, in the will, word and way of God. A verse in psalm 119 says: thy word is a light unto my feet and a light to my path (Psalm 119:105).

The word is the composite will of God. Jesus, the word embodied the will of God (John 1:1-5). He said that he has not come to do away with the law but to fulfil them (Matthew 5:17). He is the fullest manifestation of God and his will to humanity (Hebrews 1:1-3). He is the light that shows the way to each one who comes to the earth. He generates consciousness in us, the consciousness of the right things, the conscience, that indicator of the right and wrong, (choice –making factory) with the corresponding pleasure and guilt. The message of the gospel is meant to stir the conscience into the truth of God in Christ, to choose him as the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6).

Jesus did the will of God with flourish. He told his disciples: my food is to the do the will of the father and to finish his work (John 4:34). It is that important to him, it defines who he is. While he was twelve, he said he needed to go about his father’s business (Luke 2:48). As a boy he was fully conscious of the purpose of God for him.

He lived in vital connection with the father even to this death, as an example for us. By bestowing the Holy Spirit to his disciples, he invested in them the possibility that he walked in even on the earth, of vital connection with the Father. Before his death he introduced the Holy Spirit to them, telling them how they need him to keep them doing the will of God. He said the Holy Spirit will remind them of the words of Jesus (John 14:26). He will help them in their walk with God, leading them into all truth (John 16:13).

There is relationship between of the word and the spirit. The Spirit helps you get in the word and in the word helps you contact the Spirit. When we are able to strike a balance between the Spirit and the word then we are home free, as we realise that the Spirit points us to Christ, the word, and the words of scriptures were inspired by the Holy Spirit, and a gateway to experiencing Him. Jesus, showing the relationship between the word and the spirit, said: the words that I speak to you they are spirit and life (John 6:63). Paul said that his preaching is not in words of men’s wisdom but the demonstration of the Spirit and of power (1Corinthians 2:4). He doesn’t want the faith of the people to be based on mere arguments, but on the power of God.

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