The work given to you

John 17:4: I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do.

What work has God given you to do? You may wonder why that is important.  But it is the basis of your glorifying God. You could make a name for yourself by any other means but if you are not making a name for God, it’s all in vain. It is what you do from the framework of eternity that will count eventually.

Jesus said that he would tell certain group of zealous people who performed miracles in his name that he does not know them, saying they are workers of iniquity. They did things which appear spiritual and they were applauded in this world, but the bottom line is: were they doing the will of God?  Iniquity from the words of Jesus means illegality. What they were doing was not based on what the will of God spells out that they should do, but an exhibition of how glorious they are, instead of being focused on doing the will of God to bring glory to him; that is the hallmark of faithfulness (Proverbs 20:6).

Forget about the opinion of men; what is God saying? Do you think that knowledge is far from you? When you think like that you betray a faulty knowledge of who God is that you have. He does not want to be a far away God, but a Father who with his children.

Paul called a certain set of people fools: those who do not understand what the will of God is (Ephesians 5:17). You know a fool by his acts of foolishness. It is therefore Paul’s conclusion that any act that is not according to the will of God is an act of foolishness.

Recognise the will of God for your life and walk in it. That is your path of peace and tranquillity (will not). We are called God’s handiwork; fashioned in Christ Jesus for the good works that he wants us to walk in (Ephesians 2:10).

There is no real progress except on the path God has set for you (Hebrews 12:1). Not running on in your assigned race track (2Timothy 2:5), because you are very opinionated, would not fetch you the gold medal, even if you ran the 100 metres below the nine seconds.

Paul understood this very well. While he wanted to go to Asia and Bithynia to preach the gospel, the Holy Spirit stopped them from going (Acts 16:6-10), showing that it’s not about what you want but about what the Spirit of God wants;  and where, when, and how he wants it.

We are meant to be vessels of honour (2Timothy 2:20-21). A vessel does not have an opinion in the process of being used to serve guests. You are meant to be a conduit for the grace of God to this generation. Therefore release yourself to be used by God. Count yourself valuable only by the value that you add to the kingdom of God.

Peter said you should be good stewards of the manifold grace of God (1Peter 4:10-11). However, don’t think the will of God is only done when you are an Apostle, Pastor, Teacher, Prophet or Evangelist, going to the pulpit to teach, preach or proclaim God’s word.

The grace of God is manifold, multidimensional, expressed via multiple platforms; so your pulpit is not limited to the conventional one. All relationships that you have become your pulpit: the platform for conveying, ministering the grace of God to others.

All it means is that God is meeting the needs of others through you.

I am not advocating that you go to China and be a missionary or to “start” a ministry to be useful to God. What about allowing Christ to be fully formed in you (Galatians 4:19)? Why not start with having the root of your relationship with God go deep and let your output take care of itself (Isaiah  37:31)?

Prime yourself in the presence of God so that he can use you more effectively in the area of his choosing. The heat of the presence of God melts away the rigidity of your will and it conforms to the will of God so that at every point, you are preset to choose the will of God

Paul praised the prayer work of Epaphras who prayed that the Christians of Colosse stand perfect and complete in ALL the will of God (Colossians 4:12-13). The reason it was a prayer point was because that state, of being perfect and complete in ALL the will of God, is not attained ordinarily, by default. It was a prayer point also because it was possible.

Or you don’t know that God has a will? You think that he has us on the earth to use our best judgement? Of course we should use our best judgement, since he gave it to us. But it is the height of odious self-importance to embark on carrying out your “best judgement,” ignoring the opportunity available to you by the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:14) to sound out the divine perspective on it or, when there is a revealed will concerning that thing, contrary to your “best judgement.”

Saul fell into that trap of over-bloated self-importance when he disobeyed the will of God on how to carry out the will of God. God told him to destroy the Amalekites in a specific way. He did it his own way, following his “best judgement” (1Samuel 15:1-29)

The will of God was what was at stake, not your “best judgement.”

The will of God was what Adam and Eve flouted (Genesis 2:16-17, 3:1-6). Since then, He has been touchy about his people going against his will. It was that touchiness that made God decided that Saul’s throne would not last by that act of disobedience after only two years of his reign, and he refused to be moved by the all-night tears of Prophet Samuel.

It was the same touchiness of God regarding his will that made him disregard his longstanding relationship with Moses, telling him that for the sin of dishonouring him, by carrying out a modified version of His will, he was not going to see the Land of Promise (Numbers 20: 8-13, Deuteronomy 3:23-26). He would not allow Moses to change His mind; the same Moses who on a number of occasions changed God’s mind when He planned to act against the children of Israel.

It is foolhardy to think we all don’t have that trait of rebellion in us. Let us constantly have our will crucified, or less, we would not be able to follow Christ (Luke 9:23). We should seek God’s grace to help is in our need (Hebrews 4:16) to conform to the will of God, to do the work God has given us, as Jesus did as revealed by the words of Jesus in the verse in focus.

It was he who said to God, “I have done the work you have given me”. He did not say “I have done what I can, or, followed my ‘best judgement’ ”. He said “I have done the work you have given me.” Meaning that the work was very clear in his mind; he did not confuse his work with another man’s.

He didn’t focus on baptising people like John the Baptist, because that was what was drawing the crowd or in vogue. He had a razor sharp focus on the will of God and what it is; and you should too.

Paul also had a razor sharp view of the will of God for him, of the work God has given him, saying at the close of his time on the earth like Jesus, “I have finished my course (2Timothy 4:7).” The kingdom of God is not about hit-and-miss, trail and error, but clarity of the will of God by the Holy Spirit (Romans 14:17) in doing the work God gives you; like Jesus and Paul.

WordFromGod: There is a difference between My will and yours; find out.

 

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