Greetings and good morning 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 will ponder our lives as we seek to further understand the meaning of doing the Father's will.
And now, sit back and listen to today's message.
More on the Father's Will
"Be ye therefore perfect even as your heavenly Father is perfect." Matthew, Chapter 5, Verse 48.
The secret to obeying the Father's eternal command to "be perfect even as the heavenly Father is perfect"
is the constant faith attitude of "not my will, but your will be done" when confronting the recurring moral and
spiritual choices of life. We must of our own volition make the choice of the Father's will over our own. The
Father places his will in subjugation to ours. He does not force, coerce, or compel us to follow his will. We
are truly free will beings in the moral and spiritual arena of life.
But before we embark on the supreme adventure of all time, we should first stop and consider the cost. We
should stop and see if we are prepared to pay the supreme price of doing the Father's will, for we may
discover to our spiritual surprise and dismay that we are unwilling to pay the price. The Father requires all
that we are able to pay, even our supreme loyalty and dedication. Many are called but few are chosen.
No area of our life can remain untouched by this all demanding will of the Father. Every single desire, every
cherished possession, even that which we consider good and worthy must be voluntarily submitted to the
Father's will. Everything of value and meaning, considered from our purely human point of view, must be
destroyed and born again. Out of the wreckage and destruction of the temporal values and meanings of our
lives must come the resurrected eternal values and meanings of being the sons and daughter of the Father.
Are we willing to withstand the terrible testing that must necessarily be experienced? Are we willing to stand
still while our fondest hopes and dreams perish? Are we willing to withstand the grueling re-educational
process, the re-direction of our lives away from the concerns with self to concerns of other selves? Are we
willing to stand the pain and suffering that make rebirth possible? Are we willing to crawl again, and relearn
how to walk, to become like a little child? Are we willing to abandon some of our preconceived and biased
ideas of what we consider right, which are often based upon selfish interests?
As we start out to do the Father's will, we find that we are unable to do this will in perfection. We are
sometimes derailed and fall short of living up to the light that we possess. Are we willing to get back up, to
get back on track? Are we willing to humble ourselves? Are we willing to seek the Father's forgiveness, even
as we seek to forgive those who have wronged us? Are we willing to hold fast to the faith in the effectiveness
of our wholehearted and supreme desire to do the Father's will? Are we willing to withstand the divine
discipline that corrects our wayward course?
As our desire to do the Father's will increases, we are able to expand our ability to distinguish the realities
of God from the realities of Caesar and to choose wisely between them. With the faith of Jesus and the
power of the spirit, we increasingly experience the reality of Jesus--the truth, beauty of love, and the
goodness of the Father's love.
This concludes today's message on understanding further the meaning of doing 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.