Question #7 (continued) – Do we humbly seek and do God’s will?
If we answer Yes, the next question is Why do we do God’s will? This week, the Why question is different from the last 2 weeks, after we looked at the humble attitude to do God’s will and how to know God’s will… This week we look at the motivation for doing God’s will.
The Bible talks about motivationin 2 specific verses: Matt 7:21-22 and 1 Cor 13:1-3.
Matt 7:21 – Not everyone who says to me, “Lord, Lord”, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. In this verse, Jesus warned us to look underneath the outside appearance. People often do things to benefit themselves, instead of God’s kingdom. Matt 7:22 – Many will say to me on that day, “Lord, lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?” Then I will tell them plainly “I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!” Many false teachers teach what people want to hear it, instead of the Gospel of Jesus and God’s truth. Many believers and pastors strive for fame, money, and/or power, instead of God’s kingdom. Many believers and pastors focus on religious legalities above being a humble earthen vessel filled by the Holy Spirit… above a humble spirit, seeking God, knowing God and doing God’s will.
This would include people who make offerings when they ask God to do something for them and/or ask God to give them something. Remember the Lord Jesus Christ willingly died for us when we are still sinners, therefore, we do not have to bribe God. With God, the motivation always is love, not an exchange. God needs our love, not our money or abilities. Once we have love, God will give us joy, peace, hope, money and abilities to do great things that exceed our imagination.
1Cor 13:1-3 – If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing. In these verses, God told us more clearly that while we could seek knowledge, skills, degrees, positions, success, and riches in our life, to God, Love is most valuable, and is the only goal that matters and lasts forever. This is exactly why in Goodworks Ministries, we have chosen names such as “PAC love never fails”, “Love food”, and “Love partners” to describe what God has called us to do.
May the Holy Spirit transform our heart/spirit to be guided by Love (Love=Give+Serve)... Love never fails.