Let your will be done

“Father, let your will be done.” Jesus said this prayer when he was going to be persecuted by Roman soldiers. Jesus chose God’s way and was faithful even on the cross. Phill 2-8, “Who being in the very nature as God did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbles himself by becoming obedient to death-even death on a cross!

Not everyone chooses God’s way as the way of the Lord is “narrow”. Jesus said in Matthew 7:13-14, “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.” 

Apostle Paul chose God’s way and God used him mightily to spread the gospel. Fourteen out of twenty-seven books in the new testament have been attributed to Paul. A persecutor turned disciple of Jesus, Paul submitted himself fully to God’s divine will and purpose and gave himself to be served as God’s instrument. His letters still speak with the same power of conviction as it did centuries ago for Paul never relied on his own wisdom and understanding but on the mighty power of Christ that worked in him and through him to benefit others.

Centuries have passed since Jesus spoke those words but in every generation there will always be God’s children who cry out to the father “My father let your will be done in my life.” Following God’s will is looking at the father in every situation and imitating Jesus’ way. There is no better way to know the will of the Lord than spending time in his presence and learning from his word.

Are you wondering about God’s will in your life. Know for sure that if you have submitted your life to the Lord, you are at the right place and the Lord will bring new blessings into your life at the right time that will benefit everyone around you.

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What happened on the road to Damascus

Acts 9: 3-5, “As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul why do you persecute me”? “Who are you, Lord”? Saul asked. “I am Jesus whom you are persecuting, he replied.””

These verses describe the conversion of Saul, when he was on his way to Damascus.

Saul, later called Paul, was a persecutor of the followers of Jesus. Saul was a devout Jew and in his rage to destroy those who were preaching Jesus, he would go anywhere to drag them out of their houses and beat them in public squares. When a disciple named Stephen was stoned, Saul approved his death.

Saul was so full of hatred that In his rage, “he went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the Synagogues in Damascus so that if he found any there who belonged to the way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem.” Acts 9:1-2

While Saul was on his way to Damascus, something happened unexpectedly. A miracle turned Saul, a persecutor of Jesus into Paul, a prisoner of Christ.

“As Saul neared Damascus in his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him” The flash of light was so strong that Saul fell to the ground.

The Lord chose his light to play a part in converting Paul. God chooses different ways and means to get us in closeness to him. For some, he uses his written word, for some he uses his messengers and to some he appears himself. God knows us more than we know ourselves and he knows the perfect way to change us in the image of his son Jesus.

The Lord sent first his light and then his word to convert Saul. After the light appeared, Saul heard the someone asking him, “Saul, Saul why do you persecute me?”.

Jesus didn’t Say “Saul” but called out twice “Saul, Saul”.

Saul was dead twice at the time the Lord had called him. He, in his rage and passion to persecute the followers of Christ, was neither listening to his own voice nor the voice of others. The Lord woke him up by calling out his name twice. As soon as Saul heard his name from the mouth of the Lord, his spiritual ears were opened and he came back to his senses. The moment he realized his act of cruelty towards Lord’s disciples, he spoke up “Who are you, Lord.”

As soon as Paul cried out LORD, Something happened deep inside his heart, the ground of his heart that was dry for a long time suddenly became moist and softer. Saul was all full of pride but the moment he said “Lord” he accepted Jesus’ authority over his life.

Once Saul was made humble, he was ready to receive the word from the Lord. In response to Saul’s question, the Lord answered “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.”

Surprisingly, the one who is called the King of Kings and the Lord of the Lord didn’t introduce himself as the King or the Lord. All he said was his name ‘Jesus’ and the purpose why he had appreared to Saul.

Saul had never experienced the love of God in such a way that God himself could stand on behalf of his disciples and share in their persecution. Jesus, who is called the lion of the tribe of Judah, did not use any force or authority to convert Saul. All he used was his humility and an expression of his deep love for his disciples. Saul was completely broken, and his spiritual eyes were opened. He not only became a disciple of Christ at that very moment, but was also sold to Christ’ humility and agape love.

Paul became a prisoner of Christ and remained faithful until his death on this earth.

My father is always working

In John 5, Jesus healed a man who was disabled for thirty-eight years. Since Jesus had done this healing on Sabbath, the pharisees came to persecute him. Jesus said to them, “My father is always at work to this very day and I too am working.”

Paul says in 1Cor.3:9, “For we are God’s fellow workers.” Fellow workers are those people who have a desire to work with God, under the guidance of HIS divine word that came to us through Jesus Christ, our Lord. A worker who is well aware of the goals of company he works for and is dilligent enough to align his own career goals with those of the company, will be succesful in his career. Likewise, Unless we know the purpose behind God’s work and the way HE works, our works will not be fruitful.

Bible says in Genesis 1:3, ” God said, Let there be light and there was light.” God our father and creator brings things to life by speaking his word. Not only so, He desires to give the same auhority to his people, the same way He gave to his son Jesus. The word of God is active and alive (Heb 4:12). Isaiah says that God’s word never returns empty, but accomlishes what HE desires. The word of God that came to us through Jesus Christ is the absolute truth. It is written in John 8:32, the truth will set you free. In other words, God’s word not only creates and bring life but also brings complete freedom.

Father is into the business of setting people free: emotionally, physically and mentally.  Jesus was setting people free when He was here on earth. What are we doing? Let’s evaluate the consequences of our words today. Are we acting as co-partners with God and proclaiming his word that brings freedom?