Doing God’s Will

Doing God’s Will

“I desire to do your will, O my God.”                                     Ps 40:8 NIV

Often when we’re starting out, we dream of doing earth-changing things and the thought of tackling them intimidates us. That is yet another reason to start small. Don’t try to help everyone, just try to help someone! Do that, and in time you may find yourself living what Saint Francis of Assisi described when he said, “Start doing what is necessary; then do what is possible; and suddenly, you are doing the impossible.” Even if you never get to do big things, you can find great fulfillment in doing right things. Every act of kindness, no matter how small, is worth doing.

One leader writes: “Little did I realize when I started with a desire to add significance to others, that it would add significance to me! Now I understand. We should not receive anything without giving, and we cannot give anything without receiving.” The truth is, your dream isn’t worthy of your life if it doesn’t bless others. President Woodrow Wilson stated: “You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.” There’s an old Middle Eastern blessing that says, “When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. May you live your life so that when you die, the world will cry and you will rejoice.” And that will surely happen if you live by the scriptural truth, “I desire to do your will, O my God.”

2 comments (Add your own)

1. Marcia wrote:
I know this is addressed to Matthew, but I would like to exesprs my opinion by stating that it is one's motive that is important for judging one's action and not the action itself. Even though nobody can ever be absolutely certain of one's motives, I personally believe in the sincerity of Matthew's intentions and his respect for the content of the words he recited. Furthermore, the wisdom and the profound meanings of these books are not to be found in their pages. Sure there they can be read, but their truth echoes throughout the cosmos and in our heart.Love,Alexander

Mon, March 3, 2014 @ 5:35 PM

2. wrote:
Why Church? Let s be clear on the question. By Church, you (and the blog series creators) seem to be referring to any number of political institutions called churches in our world. I reject this definition of the word as far too narrow and limiting. The Church is the Body of Christ Universal all believers everywhere and in whatever groups they gather in. This certainly includes, but is not limited to, those institutions.The Church exists whether defined within such constructs as denominations, pastorates, parishes, buildings and meeting times or not. No institution other than Christian community is necessary for the Church to be present and active. Conversely, a church entity may exist without being in any way connected to the Body (cf. Westboro Baptist Church). In my experience, I have found more healthy, life-giving expressions of the Body of Christ outside modern church institutions over the past decade than within them. That is not to say that these institutions are all evil or corrupt (though some certainly are), but that constructs of ministry and Christian community and especially definitions of what the Church is can no longer be so narrowly defined. As long as they are, doors to dynamic, whole-life engagement of faith especially for those who inherently distrust institutional constructs will remain closed.Why Church? Because the community of faith in Christ is enormous, beautiful, diverse and essential to well-lived faith. For me, though, institutions called churches in the modernistic sense are rarely a part of the equation. Why? Because I find it far more challenging and rewarding to integrate my faith into the whole of life without those organizations. Involvement with such groups has tended, in my experience, to create unhealthy dependency, disillusionment and disappointment and a constant battle against attending The Jesus Show every week without truly seeking after and being challenged by Christ. I ve chosen to let go of that constant cognitive dissonance, the battle between faith and church politics and the false identity portrayed by most who engage in the Sunday ritual. The slope is too slippery and the price too steep if I fall into false religiosity. Instead, I find faith more vibrant when it must be constantly challenged and won, lived and breathed, sought and discovered. Churches as the modern world has defined them work for some and if you&

Tue, March 4, 2014 @ 2:15 AM

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