Wednesday, November 30 2022

Bible Reading for: November 12

John 14-17

Some people claim to be doing God’s will when in fact they are pursuing their own will. What about you? Are you doing things God’s way or your way?

Jesus continues, in today’s reading, to prepare His 11 disciples for His eminent departure.  He warns them that hard times are coming.  What really caught my attention today, was the fact that Jesus said there would be those who kill the disciples while thinking they are doing service to God.

John 16:2-3 ESV
“They will put you out of the synagogues. Indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God. And they will do these things because they have not known the Father, nor me.”

A lot of horrible things have been done in the name of God.  It is easy for us to point to examples of horrible acts perpetrated by people calling themselves Christians and alleging such deeds were done for the sake, if not at the direction of, God.  It is much easier for us to spot such abuse in others, but what about within ourselves?  Jesus told us in yesterday’s reading that we are to abide in Him.  How can we be sure we are doing His will rather than our own?  We do so by keeping our eyes focused on Him and comparing every situation, issue, and opportunity to His Holy Word.

Jesus made the point that the reason these people would hurt His disciples while thinking they are doing God’s will is because they didn’t really know God or Christ.  You, having submitted control of your life to Christ, know Christ, but if you don’t keep your heart and mind focused on Him, you may end up off track, thinking you are doing Gods will, when in reality you are pursuing you own self-centered agenda.  This kind of thing can reveal itself in our churches through disputes over style of worship music or disagreements over church property or funds.  Do you really think it is God’s will that His church be divided up over personal preference and worldly things?

The moment we approach issues within the church from our own perspective, rather than God’s, we are no longer doing His will but our own.  Keep that in mind the next time a controversy arises in the church.  Look at it as God would have you do.

Vivere Victorem! (Live Victorious!)

Your brother and servant in Christ,
Bill

Dying to self, living to serve!

Alternate Reading Plans
Bible Order: John 21 – Acts 2
Old Testament Only: Jeremiah 41–43
New Testament Only: Hebrews 2:5–3:6

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