Devotional Thought 76: This is the Way (Part 2)

Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God. Your Spirit is good, leading me on firm ground.

(Psalm 143:10)

Jesus was rejected by enemies and family alike. His own people came to seize Him because they thought He was out of His mind; the Pharisees accused Him of being in cahoots with Satan! But Jesus countered by explaining to them the stupidity of their charges: Satan isn’t dumb enough to fight against himself, that would only weaken his kingdom. Instead, Jesus is overpowering Satan and plundering his kingdom with the Kingdom of God. Anything they say about Him will be forgiven, but their rejection of the Holy Spirit and His work is never forgiven. His true family is not blood, but any and all who submit to His Father’s will.

We, as human beings, were created to praise and worship God for all His beautiful glory and splendor! Psalm 113:3 tells us to praise Him from the east to the west, everywhere and all the time giving honor to His name. How do we do that? What does it mean to live a life of worship? The answer is Proverbs 3:5-6: to trust Him with everything we have and rely on His wisdom and understanding in every situation, not our own. If you’ve ever wondered what God’s will is for your life, it’s actually pretty simple: He wants us to submit to His will for our lives (Matthew 26:39); to decrease ourselves so He can increase within us (John 3:30); to be led by His Spirit in His way, because His way is perfect and fulfilling for our souls (Galatians 5:16, 18)!

This kind of radical, counter-cultural life of worship will lead to conflict and opposition with the world, even the members of our own families, but we’re in good company. The Son of God was resisted for His unwavering commitment to pleasing God over people, but assured us that we are a part of His true family, the family of God, when we follow Him!

  • God is truly praised and worshipped when we lift Him and His will high in our lives, above everything else! When we say with all faith, “Not my will, but Your will be done,” that’s when our Father is most glorified in the world. This is what it means to grow in the wisdom of God. This is a life of worship. This is the way.

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