His Will, His Work, His Way

I have had this battle cry going through my head for a few months now. I really don’t even think too much about it most of the time, it’s just been there. “His will, His work, His way.” Sometimes I say it out loud, sometimes it just rolls through my noggin, and sometimes I hear it in my Spirit as that mind shattering call, with sword drawn and raised, with banners flying, heart pumping, and an assurance of victory. Occasionally, I read something that answers the call, or as in last Sunday’s service, hear something over the pulpit that causes me to voice in under my breath with a nod and an Amen.

So, what’s it all mean?

His will; not ours, we lay down what we think we want and need and instead pick up what He has to offer. It’s always better in the long run.

Ephesians 1:11-14 (NIV), “In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.”

His work; that’s seems pretty straight forward, and at first I thought so. We lay down our work and again pick up His. We don’t quit our jobs, unless He tells us to, but we do our work unto Him. Find His purpose for us there. We also use our gift and talents to do it, you know the ones He gave us. But, it also means letting Him work in us and through us. His work is always to do good, to bless, and to mold us into the image of Jesus Christ.

Philippians 2:13 (HCSB), “For it is God who is working in you, enabling you both to desire and to work out His good purpose.”

His way; His path, let The Spirit of God, that lives on the inside of you, lead you. Let His word illuminate the way. Find His path and walk in it.

II Samuel 22:29-40 (NASB), “For You are my lamp, O LORD; And the LORD illumines my darkness. For by You I can run upon a troop; By my God I can leap over a wall. As for God, His way is blameless; The word of the LORD is tested;  He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him. For who is God, besides the LORD? And who is a rock, besides our God? God is my strong fortress; And He sets the blameless in His way. He makes my feet like hinds’ feet, And sets me on my high places. He trains my hands for battle, So that my arms can bend a bow of bronze. You have also given me the shield of Your salvation, And Your help makes me great. You enlarge my steps under me, And my feet have not slipped. I pursued my enemies and destroyed them, And I did not turn back until they were consumed. And I have devoured them and shattered them, so that they did not rise;  And they fell under my feet. For You have girded me with strength for battle; You have subdued under me those who rose up against me.”

Now that my friends sounds like a battle cry! Shout it with me, “HIS WILL, HIS WORK, HIS WAY!”

His Good Pleasure

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Philippians 2:12-13 (NIV), “So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.”

Sometimes Paul seems to contradict himself doesn’t he? I have pointed out several times that Paul wasn’t schizophrenic. We do have to work out our own salvation. Mama can’t do it for us, Gramma can’t either. Each one of us is responsible for the condition of our own souls. In the same way we can’t do it for anyone else. We would love to, but we can’t. Just working out our own sound like a tough enough job. That’s why Paul goes on to say that it is God who does the work in us. We simply hear and obey, surrendering our will to His will. He changes our hearts with His perfect love so that we want to work “for His good pleasure.”

Hebrews 13:20-21 (NIV), “Now the God of peace, who brought up from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep through the blood of the eternal covenant, even Jesus our Lord, equip you in every good thing to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.…”

I want to please God, don’t you? If you do a search on this you will be amazed how many scriptures there are about what pleases Him. I am only going to include a few.

Ephesians 1:5 (Jubilee Bible 2000) “Having marked out beforehand the way for us to be adopted as sons by Jesus Christ in himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,”

II Corinthians 5:8-10 (NAS), “we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord. Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.”

It pleased Him to adopt us and it pleases Him when we live holy and sanctified lives. It also pleased the Father to bruise His Son…

Isaiah 53:10 (KJB), “Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.”

Colossians 1:19-20 (NASB), “For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.”

It was God’s pleasure to sacrifice Jesus as an offering for sin.

As a parent that just makes my head spin. How could the suffering of a child, little or full grown, ever please a parent. The only circumstance I can think of is nothing compared to Christ’s suffering. I can think of a child getting stitches, or having a broken bone set, it is painful, but for their own good. God knew the outcome of the cross, it was for our own good. Now think about taking your son or daughter in to have stitches, but instead of watching that needle go in and out of their tender skin, Jesus is sitting in that chair and taking all of the pain for them. That would please a parent. Jesus may have been His only begotten Son, but He has quite a few adopted offspring now and He was thinking of all of us. His will wasn’t forced on His Son. The bible is clear; Jesus freely laid down His life for us. He volunteered and he looked forward to the outcome. To Him it was a joy to reconcile us to the Father.

Hebrews 1:2 (NLT), “We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.” (emphasis mine)

To Jesus, it was all worth it. The shame and the pain couldn’t keep Him from pleasing the Father. He faithfully endured it all.

And He did it for me, for you, for those who are living a miserable life and don’t know that there is a Father and a Friend who can change their lives forever.

Let’s do what it takes to please God.

Let’s let others know about this glorious, wonderful sacrifice and His undying love.