Thursday, March 21, 2013

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

Doing His will
Hebrews 13:18-21

"Now may the God of peace... equip you with every good thing to do His will" (Hebrews 13:18-21)

These verses are the final exhortation to the readers from the writer of Hebrews. The major thrust in these verses is about equipping everyone with all good things to do his will. The writer says every hu-man who is following Christ Jesus is entrusted with this supreme task of doing the will of God. The writer is sure about the life’s purpose to have a clear conscience and desire to live honorably in every way.(18) This is possible only by doing the will of God.
Our loving heavenly Father supports us in 3 essential ways to do His will.
First, He sent his only-begotten son to earth to die for our sins and thus provide our only means of salvation (John 3:16; Romans 5:8,9). The eternal shepherd brought His only son from death to life to equip us to do all good things. Without his grace human beings are nothing and won’t be able to lead life doing the will of God.
Second, He has provided a warm Christian fellowship with which we benefit from "encouraging one another, and all the more so as you behold the day drawing near" (Hebrews 10:24,25). This Fellowship with our brothers and sisters is the strength in this spiritual journey. We have a place to go and share our pain and suffering, our joy and happiness, that is our community fellowship.
Third, He has provided His word the Bible. By means of His word we are able to comprehend how to live and how to do His will. God’s word is our daily bread that gives us the spiritual strength every day. God’s word is the light in our paths and strength in our weaknesses. Let us use this great gift to strengthen our ways of doing the will of God
Yes, our loving God has provided superabundantly for us. Out of underserved-kindness, He has doled out for us countless provisions and blessings. However, what He has given us is for a purpose. God has given us these things to "equip you with every good thing to do His will" (Hebrews 13:21). How can we use what we were given to do God's will? Diligently read and meditate on the word of God so you can accurately ascertain what the will of God is (John 17:3). Pray sincerely to our Father to help you carry out what you have learned (Psalm119:66-68). And remember the most important thing of all, that "This is what the love of God means, that we observe His commandments; and yet His command-ments are not burdensome" (John 5:3). Yes, our God, expects us to show our love for him by obeying him. He as already shown His love for us by creating us, maintaining our lives every day, and giving us everything we need to carry out His will. What will we do?

Prayer: God our heavenly father, we are humans and need your grace to do your will. Give us the courage to do your will all through our lives. Amen

Rinu Varughese, Epiphany MTC, NY