2009-09-04 - Knowing and Doing God's Will ~ Part 5
Fifth Category - Not knowing and Not Doing
This last group is the lost that have never heard. Sadly, there are some who will never hear the Word of God - even in America. This is the Devil's best case. "Ignorance is bliss!" Now not a single one of us are in this category because I told you a few minutes ago, the preacher has told you, God's word has told you. The fact is WE ALL KNOW!
Then there are also little children in this group. These are the ones under the age of accountability. This is the only safe group to be in except those in God's will (the knowers and doers). These children don't know and don't do because they don't yet understand but one day they will. I appreciate seeing parents that will bring their children before the church and dedicate them to God.
Let's look at the Words of Jesus found in the Gospels. Jesus' 1st recorded words were found in Luke 2:49. "Don't you know I must be about my Father's business." In the Garden Luke 22:42 says he cried "This is too much Dad if there's any other way take this cup from me. But I'll do what you want me to do." On the cross, John 19:30 states he proclaimed, "It is finished. Dad, I did it." What about you? When your life ends can you say, "God I know I did what you wanted me to do. IT IS FINISHED!" Like Paul, will you be able to say, "I have run the race and fought the good fight." There's an old Led Zeppelin song that contains a smidgen of truth. It says "there are two paths you can go by but in the long run there's time to change the road you're on." There are two paths; there's God's will and not God's will. But we're not promised tomorrow. The next few minutes is the only long run you may have. Will you change your mind? Will you surrender to Him?
Think on this illustration of crossing the road. Imagine you and Jesus standing on the side of Bullsboro Drive in rush hour. Jesus looks then yells, "Come on," and runs to the other side. You have choices; you can:
Like I said at the beginning, I'm no great preacher but knowing and doing His will in my own life means preaching & teaching whenever & wherever there's an opportunity. It is better to be an unknown preacher than a famous bench warmer. Babe Ruth once said "I knew an old minister once- How I envy him- I am listed as a famous home-runner, yet beside that obscure minister, who was so good and wise, I never got to first base."
I invite you to pray to Jesus right now and yield to his will. There's a song called "Footprints of Jesus". It's not a normal invitational song but that's what He wants for us - to follow in His steps. "The Lord is my shepherd. I shall not want. He leadeth me..." (Psalm 23) Will you let him lead you? Come on surrender to His will; do business till He comes. (Luke 19:13)
All scripture references from KJV unless otherwise noted