Doing the will of my Father


I have worked all my adult life. Even during a few periods of redundancy I have worked to get back into work. I need to work. For my own peace of mind, to support our family, to stay sane.

I have moved companies and job quite a few times. That has moved our home and family a few times along the way. Have I given my life – our lives – to work?

No.

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many deeds of power in your name?’ Then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; go away from me, you evildoers.’ Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell–and great was its fall!” Now when Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as their scribes.” Matthew 7:21-29

When I moved jobs, was made redundant, and eventually retire (if that option still exists) – I will be replaced without a ripple. At best I may be a memory.

So what is doing the will of my Father? How much work is that?

“Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ Matthew 22:37

Have I given my life – our lives – to Love?

The answer is always Love, and the question might just be Love as well.
(my thanks to Susan Irene Fox for the second half of that)

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11 thoughts on “Doing the will of my Father

  1. Paul,
    I like to think I have lived my life according to His will but I have probably been mostly selfish, self centered. ( hard to believe right?? 😉)
    Always thinking about my comfort, my families happiness. But I believe also it’s not too late to put Him first. And foremost. Letting His will take center stage, not my wants. He will always provide. He already has, even in the midst of my selfishness.
    I am blessed and grateful that GSHJ is always, always waiting for me (us) to come around.

      • Paul. Thank you. This was beautiful and you were clearly meant to show me this today. I had no intention of saying all I said to u in that previous comment but out it spilled and I’m so glad. Yes He has clearly been letting me be me. Waiting for me to shed the cloak of humanness I had so tightly wrapped around myself, shielding my precious God made soul from everyone. But it’s gotten hot and stifling. I’m thrilled to be letting it fall from my shoulders.

  2. Three thoughts come to mind when I read this.
    Love, love, love. All you need is love. Love is all you need. Yup, the Beatles were right. 🙂
    And, yes, life is in the Father’s embrace. We love Him because we are loved.
    We live to love, and our life has meaning because we are loved.
    Good word, Paul. Blessings.

  3. “Have I given my life – our lives – to Love?” This is the kind of love that is absolutely beyond my human capacity… His Love. For so long, I thought doing His will was about actually going and doing something… why isn’t He opening some door and sending me somewhere?! He keeps whispering to me- it’s just about “being” and allowing His Spirit to shine through… “So what is doing the will of my Father? How much work is that?”- I think it is terribly difficult work- until we completely surrender ourselves to Him!!

    • Sorry for the slow reply, Julie, “How much work is that?” I love questions (and sometimes like the answers as well!) 🙂
      Do you feel like you are a moving conveyor belt with Him? That your relationship never stays in the same place? But the more HE shows you, the simpler it becomes, the easier it becomes, the less “thinking hard thoughts” it becomes?
      And the more you change without realising it?

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