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What God Wants From You

 

WHAT GOD WANTS FROM YOU

By Dr. Richard Ing

The greatest need among Christians is not human compassion, feeding the poor, or even casting out devils.  The greatest need today is obedience to God.  The most important thing Jesus did when He walked the earth, was not His compassion for the less fortunate and spending time with them, or telling them that they mattered. 

The most important thing He taught us was obedience to the Father's will.  The Lord Jesus said, "For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of Him that sent Me."  Jn. 6:38.  "Not every one that saith unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven: but he that doeth the will of My Father which is in heaven."  Mt. 7:21. 

"Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He seeth the Father do: for what things soever He doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise."  Jn. 5:19.  "I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and My judgment is just; because I seek not Mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent Me.  If I bear witness of Myself, My witness is not true."  Jn. 5:30-31.

"I came down from heaven, not to do Mine own will, but the will of Him that sent Me."  Jn. 6:38.  "I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught Me, I speak these things."  Jn. 8:28.  "I speak that which I have seen with My Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father (Jesus chided the Pharisees by intimating that their father was the devil.  Verse 44).  Jn. 8:38.

In other words, the Lord Jesus said nothing except what the Father told Him to say, and He did nothing on His own, but only what the Father showed Him to do.  He went to the cross and suffered and died for our sins and had love and compassion for us in so doing.  But what drove Him to the cross was the will of the Father.  In the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus asked that the bitter cup of the cross be taken away if possible.  "O My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from Me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt."  Mt.26:39.  As soon as He knew the Father's will was that He be crucified, Jesus said to His disciples, "Rise, let us be going: behold, he is at hand that doth betray Me."  Mt. 26:46.  In the last analysis, it was obedience to the Father that led Jesus to the cross.

Feeding the poor, healing the sick and showing love is important, but even more important is doing the will of God in heaven.  The Bible says that there was a man lame from birth who was daily laid at the gate called Beautiful, to beg alms of them that entered into the temple.  Peter and John came upon him after Jesus had returned to heaven and healed the man.  Ac. 3:1-7.  Jesus must have seen the man many times as Jesus went to the temple often.  Yet, Jesus never healed the man.

In the episode of Lazarus, where Jesus was told that His cousin was sick, Jesus did not run to pray for Lazarus.  In fact, He went further away to another town.  After He received reports that Lazarus had died, He then went to visit Mary and Martha, the sisters of Lazarus.  Why?  You would think that Jesus should have hurried to Lazarus' side to heal him; but Jesus had heard from the Father and knew that Lazarus was going to be raised from the dead to glorify God.  Jn. 11:1-44.  Before that, Jesus wept to see how Lazarus' family and friends sorrowed over Lazarus' death.  Compassion was not the issue.  Obedience to the Father was. 

Satan is not afraid of Christians who sacrifice time, money and effort towards the church.  He is afraid of Christians that know how to obey God.  "Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord?  Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams."  1 Sa. 15:22.  People will donate large sums of money, spend much time doing things for the church and attending meetings - anything to avoid obeying God.  One can do his own thing and pretend that he is doing it for God.  Truth is that he is doing it for himself to assuage his guilt and justify his disobedience in other matters.  Very few Christians seek the will of God so that they can obey.  Most want to control their own lives in a false sense of security.

Satan knows that the natural and carnal man can never please God.  The carnal man is enmity against God.  Ro. 8:7-9; 1 Co. 2:14-15.  Only spirit man can receive from God, including the daily and specific will of God.  Love for God and His ways and will, is higher than human compassion and love for the less fortunate.  Ps. 119. 

You can feed the poor and orphaned, take care of widows, have compassion for the homosexuals and so forth, but is it the will of God in terms of how, when, where, what and to whom?  Is it the time?  There are many missionaries in the jungles of Africa or the Amazon Basin that were never sent by God.  There are many pastors that have never been called by God to be shepherds.  There are many Christians that don't have any idea or intention of obeying the pastor.  Week after week, the pastor or the church newsletter or bulletin board announces that there will be a prayer session or fasting or teaching during the week; yet, hardly anyone attends.  If it were Jesus standing in church and announcing that He will teach on Tuesday night, pray with the people on Wednesday night, fast and pray with them on Friday night, every single member would be there - one hour ahead of time and with their friends and neighbors.  The Bible teaches that obedience to God's delegated authority is obedience to God, and vice versa.  Who cares?

I have often heard Christians pray and ask for more faith and power.  They desire to hear the voice of God.  What for?  Why would God give them faith and power when they are not going to do anything with it but glorify themselves?  People also pray and ask God to show them what He wants them to do or what His will is for their life.  Why would God lay out His plan to someone who is not going to obey anyway?

Yes, the Bible does tell us the general and overall will of God, but it's like saying that overall I'm a good guy.  How, when, where, what or to whom is another question.  If you're not seeking God's specific will, you are doing your own thing.  It will never get you to heaven, rack up points or lay up treasures in heavenly realms. 

It is not true that Jesus hardly ever preached repentance.  Repentance was one of His main commands.  His very first message was repentance.  "From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."  Mt. 4:17.  That passage presupposed that it was only the beginning.  He began to say, "Repent!" and He continued to say "Repent!" until the very end.  In the Book of Revelation, He told six out of His seven churches to repent in Chapters Two and Three.  Repentance is necessary for salvation and the apostles continued to preach repentance.  Jesus spent much time pointing out the sins and hypocrisies of the temple leaders and the people. 

Acknowledging sin is the first step to repentance.  When someone points out what they think is sin on your part, the worse thing you could do is deny it.  Even if you don’t believe that you have sinned, humble yourself and repent or ask forgiveness from the person who was offended. 


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