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 understand The Father’s will and why doing the Father’s will is essential to obey His eternal command to be perfect even as He is perfect.
And now, sit back and listen to today's message.
The Father's Will
Be ye therefor perfect even as your Father is heaven is perfect Matthew Chapter 5, 48 Verse
"Not my will but Your will be done," cried Jesus in every crisis of His life as well as in all the
ordinary situations of life requiring a moral or spiritual decision. Jesus is the example of all times and ages, past, present, and future, of one who learned how to do the Father's will in perfection.
The doing of the Father's will is necessary in order to obey His eternal command: "Be you perfect even as I am perfect." The doing of the Father's will is really an infallible road map that leads from the imperfections of self to the unselfish perfection of the Heavenly Father. If we would learn how to do something, we must seek to follow one who knows.
"I have decided to follow Jesus" as the words of the hymn declare is the declaration of countless souls, and indeed is He the way, for no one comes to the Father except through the Son. But to start such a magnificent and intriguing journey, we must have the faith that we can complete such a magnificent journey of self conquest. There is a vast difference between the will to believe and the will that believes. The will to believe is the will that desires to make the journey, but the will that believes has already embarked on the long but eventful journey of self conquest.
Sooner or later if we are sincere and persistent in our desire to make the eternal journey, our will to believe will be transformed into the will that believes. Sooner or later, we will abandon the excess baggage of selfishness, pride, and envy; we will break the chains of material cares; we will destroy the bonds of ignorance. As faithful believers we will eventually take the taxi of knowledge to the spiritual airport, and we will board the plane of wisdom. Furthermore, we will not hesitate to embark on the rocket of truth as it soars through the endless space of the Father's divine reality.
The doing of the Father's will is like a stream that gradually wears away the underlying soil to reveal a rich and valuable mineral deposit. Doing the Father's will is like working all day in the snow and the cold, and finally coming home to enjoy the warmth of a hot fire. Doing the Father's will is like having a nightmare, and after awakening discovering that it was only a dream. Finally doing the Father's will is like planting a seed in a fertile soil, and watching it grow to maturity.
Learning to do the Father's will is a slow and gradual process, but a process of untold joy
The doing of the Father's will means acting and reacting to the universe, and the events in it in a way that is not natural to the human soul. We will not only sees goodness in everything, but will never fails to declare that good will overcome evil, and we do this by vigorously positively reacting to evil with good. We will know the reality of truth overcoming error; therefore we be able to exhibit patience, and resist all temptations to right things by force.
We will know that love conquers all, wherefore we will love our brothers and sisters as we think the Father loves them. We will also suffer when the people we have so painfully learned to love reject truth, for we will know that the same truth that would save them if accepted, can only destroy them if persistently rejected. We will not be those who disown their humanity, but will be those who triumph in spite of their humanity. We will be constantly unifying diversity, and this is beauty-the unification of contrasts. We will be immune to disappointments since we will be living the Father's reality, and will know that the Father is always victorious. Disappointment only follows those who have seen their own hopes and dreams destroyed. We will pursues the Father's hopes and dreams, and experience unbelievable happiness and peace of mind as we gain capacity to realize increasingly spiritual reality.
Faith is the key to experiencing divine reality, for without faith these realities cannot be conceived. Faith will be the driving force. Faith will allow us to foretaste in time those realities of eternity. We will have discovered, often by painful experience that it is better to fall on the Stone of Salvation, being broken and humbled, than to have the Stone of Justice fall on us, and be crushed and destroyed. Make no mistake about it! We will understand that there is no such thing as straddling the fence of good and evil though it may appear so, for we will understand that every decision we make is most certainly leading us to the Stone of Justice or Mercy. There is but one God, and one reality, divine and eternal. Sooner or later, the illusions of time and space will vanish, and those workers of iniquity along with it whom have become unreal through identifying with unreality.
But to those of us who choose to do the Father's will, the way will grow increasingly brighter, the burdens progressively lighter until our selves are lost in the joyful selflessness of the Father's love-pure spirit existence.
This concludes today's message on 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.