Greetings, brothers and sisters. This is Dr. James Perry continuing with our series where we seek to
explore the deeper meanings of our relationship with Jesus Christ. Over the years, the heavenly
Father has revealed many revelations of spiritual truth to me, and I want to share them with you. This
morning we seek to understand the meaning of choosing the Father's will.
And now, sit back and listen to today's message.
Choosing the Father's Will
"Jesus saith unto them, my meat is do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work."
John, Chapter 4, Verse 34.
Brothers and sisters, the Father gives us life, self consciousness and free will. This free will is
absolute in the moral and spiritual arena. No one can force us to make a moral or spiritual decision.
This priceless gift of self consciousness and free will carries with it an eternal responsibility, for if
we are to be free, not only must we be free to live, but we must also be free not to live. We must be
free to not choose survival after mortal death.
To see why it is necessary for us to choose the Father's will to survive, we must first understand that
the Father is the source of all divine reality. There is only one eternal reality and that must be
experienced by all free will creatures. We must by our decisions choose to survive by choosing the
Within our being lies the decision-making center. Here is where our free will decides which choices
will become a reality. The divine will also resides here, but it is subject to our human will. Our
human wills are constantly being inundated by a variety of stimuli, urges, desires and influences.
Some of these are subconscious. Just because we don't recognize these stimuli doesn't prevent our
wills from acting on them. The human will is the sole determiner of what is expressed externally
from the inside.
When we unconsciously chose the divine will, we unconsciously choose those urges and desires that
emanate from the divine spirit. We may not recognize that they come from the divine spirit, but we
choose nonetheless. This demonstrates our ability to choose good over evil. This process may go on
indefinitely, without our ever understanding that we are choosing the Father's will. In this case we
are unconsciously choosing the Father's will. But remember, whether we consciously or
unconsciously choose the Father's will, the Father's will is unconsciously done. This means that the
actual process of becoming like the Father (identifying with the Father) is unconscious--beyond the
consciousness of the self. When we choose the Father's will, we are in fact choosing to become like
the Father. As we choose, so we become. Each moral or spiritual choice either leads us toward God
or away from Him. Moral and spiritual decisions create a life that is "predicated on truth, sensitive
to beauty, and dominated by goodness. Such a God-knowing person is inwardly illuminated by
worship and outwardly devoted to the wholehearted service of our brothers and sisters, a service
ministry which is filled with mercy and motivated by love."
The consequence of consciously or unconsciously choosing the Father's will leads to the same result:
we identify with the Father through His son, Jesus, and thus have eternal life. The significant
difference is that when we become conscious of choosing the Father's will, we are able to cooperate
more effectively since we then know that we know. We become self conscious of choosing the
Father's will. The choosing of the Father's will means we devote ourselves to that which is true,
beautiful, and good--love. The choosing of the Father's will is the passport to eternal life.
This concludes today's message on understanding the meaning of choosing the Father's will. We
hope you find something in this message to ponder and pray about as you go about your day.
Until next time, this is Dr. James Perry.