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 seek to understand the execution of the Father’s Will.
And now, sit back and listen to today's message.
The Execution of the Father’s Will
"And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, ‘O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.’" Matthew, Chapter 26, Verse 39
Brothers and sisters, we have been told that if we have the faith of a mustard seed, we could move mountains. But there are other factors we wish to consider that go into successfully executing the Father’s will. Since the Father’s kingdom is a spiritual kingdom, and we are spiritual ambassadors--even more sons and daughters of the spiritual Father--our petitions must revolve around the Father’s command for us to be perfect even as he is perfect. In addition to factors such as faith, we shall consider other factors in executing the Father’s will: purpose, motive, ideal, ambition, and procedure.
Our purpose must be pure. The Father has commanded us to be perfect even as he is perfect. And since the Father is spirit, our purpose is to obtain this spiritual perfection as demonstrated by Jesus, his son, when he lived the life in the flesh. We want to obtain that level of spiritual perfection where not only does it make sense for us to love each other as Jesus loves us but we desire to do so. We desire to go about doing good.
Our motive must be divine. We seek no material or self aggrandizement. We purpose to become like the Father as revealed in his Son, Jesus. The driving force behind our motive is divine. All of our moral and spiritual energy is being utilized to accomplish this spiritual perfection. Our motive is to perfectly represent the Father. And our motive is to accomplish this as we are and where we are, regardless of the circumstances in which we find ourselves. We harbor no ulterior motive. We desire to achieve this spiritual perfection simply because of our great love for our spiritual Father and our admiration for his matchless character.
Our ideal must be spiritual. We wish to manifest the eternal realities of the Father in time and space, the realities of truth. We wish to translate down from the spiritual level the relationship that exists between the Father and his children, a relationship characterized by endless love and boundless mercy. We seek to portray the ideal where all men recognize our common spiritual Father and therefore consider all men our brothers and sisters. We delight in loving them. We seek to portray this relationship through the Father’s Son, Jesus.
Our ambition must be altruistic. We should harbor no selfish ambition for achieving the Father’s will. We want to be perfect even as he is perfect because of our great love for him and because of his matchless character. We want all of his children to become like he is, for we know that all of their troubles come about from incompletion. None of us can be truly happy or satisfied until we become spiritually perfect like he is. Because of our great love for the heavenly Father, we desire to share this love with our brothers and sisters. And we do this without any expectation of gain--we simply wish to express his matchless character.
Our procedure must be based on love. Our method for discerning the Father’s will in any given moral or spiritual situation is prayer. We have thoroughly sought the Father’s will. We have prayed and prayed. We have spent many sleepless nights trying to discern his will, and we have finally recognized that will and have learned to execute it. Our souls are saturated with love and mercy for our brothers and sisters. We have done the necessary work. We have profoundly reflected. We have sincerely self-criticized, and we have attained uncompromising moral consciousness. We have searched our hearts diligently for any selfish considerations. To the best of our ability, we do this out of our great love for the heavenly Father.
We must exercise living faith in the midst of the circumstances of life. Our faith is not based on some static condition. We exercise our faith in the spring time of material hope, the summertime of realized material hope, the fall of disintegrating material hope, and the winter time of material despair. Our faith is based only on our desire to execute the Father’s will, to reveal his loving and merciful character despite our material status. We are sure that the display of the Father’s character utterly transcends and ignores the cloud of material circumstances in our lives. No material disappointment can derail our desire to reveal His matchless character through His Son, Jesus. And finally, with this living faith, we boldly execute the mandates of spiritual perfection.
We are cognizant of the spiritual values of his matchless character, and we comprehend the meanings of those values. Because we recognize and comprehend the spiritual values and meanings of his loving and merciful nature, and because we have sought the Father’s will, have aligned our will with his, we boldly acknowledge our compliance with his merciful mandate: Be perfect even as he is perfect.
We acknowledge our spiritual perfection through his Son, Jesus, as signified by our spiritual cry, "The Father and I are one through His Son, Jesus," and by the simple truth: "We love one another." And finally we acknowledge our spiritual perfection because we desire it, and it is the Father’s will. What the true son desires, and the Father wills, is. And based on all of these factors, we execute the Father’s will and unconsciously display that will: spiritual character perfection.
This concludes today's message on understanding the meaning of executing 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.