Only His Will

One of the grievous deceptions we were led to believe that once we do outward pious acts, we are righteous. So we go to church every Sunday or even several times in a week, attend prayer meetings, give tithes and offerings, do active involvement in sharing the gospel, in healing the sick, or in teaching the Bible, and even devotedly help out or participate in Bible studies and camps. Are these bad? Obviously, no. They are good things. But along the way, something can become not right when we equate these actions as making us righteous. A sign of such mindset appears when a church believes or assumes that a member who does not go to church as frequent as they do, who does not go out to share the gospel as they do, and who are not as active in teaching the Bible as they do, is sinful, is having a dry spiritual life, or is simply disobedient. They may be partly right for these things can definitely show when one does not have a right relationship with God. However, the problem stems not in the fact of what really is happening to the life of the person but the assumption that doing things such as going to church regularly becomes the basis for measuring righteousness or obedience to God.

The fact of the matter is we can go to Church every day and share the gospel but we have wrong intentions and motivations. God knows how much I have done these in the past. When growing up some people praised me for being such a faithful church goer. Yet, I appear in church every Sunday, only because I was forced to attend church otherwise I will be receiving endless scoldings from both my father and mother. Looking back to those scenarios, I was not pleasing God. I might have attended church every Sunday and even attended prayer meetings every week, but deep in my heart it was not because I wanted to obey God. It was because I wanted to please people around me. One can lead the worship team, pray eloquently, and do all church ministries but deep within is a wrecked life and untransformed heart.

Good actions like going to church, giving, sharing the gospel, and all other things we do are not the basis if one is more righteous than the other. They do not make us righteous. They just make us appear to be righteous. These good acts are one of the fruits of a godly and Spirit-filled life. They are fruits so they result from being made righteous in Christ. But people can fake them. We can do them even when we are not truly changed and renewed. So they could never measure if a person is truly living in obedience to God or not.

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravening wolves. By their fruits you will know them. Do you gather grapes from thorns or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree produces good fruit, but the corrupt tree produces evil fruit. A good tree can’t produce evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree produce good fruit. Every tree that doesn’t grow good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them.

– Matthew 7:15-20 (WEB)

Ultimately, no matter what good things we do, we will be known by our fruits. The true intention of the heart will be revealed. And it is the motivation in the heart that truly matters. It is the intention that would set the record. What glorifies God is the intention behind the good act. So, God always looks at the heart and not in outward appearances because outward appearances can be deceiving. We can never deceive God. He knows our heart.

“…for I don’t see as man sees. For man looks at the outward appearance, but Yahweh looks at the heart.”

– 1 Samuel 16:7 (WEB)

Our motivation in obeying God should always be doing the will of God. We do not go to church because we want to be righteous. We do not give tithe and offering because we want to be righteous. We do not preach the gospel because we want to be righteous. We do not serve in any church ministries because we want to be righteous. We do not do good things because we want to be righteous. We do good things because these are the fruits of being righteous through Jesus who transformed us from our old life of sin. We do good things because we want to glorify God.

This truth should always be in our hearts. Doing good things is not what glorifies God but it is doing good things with the right intention. So whenever we obey God, we obey in line with His will for us. Remember those times when our parents ask us to clean the house and we were angry and resentful because we wanted to watch TV or be hooked on our mobile phone but instead they disturbed us to do the chore! Then, we stomped off to do the work but our heart was full of complaints and anger. We just did the work because we needed to not because we love to help out.

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the Kingdom of Heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will tell me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in your name, in your name cast out demons, and in your name do many mighty works?’ Then I will tell them, ‘I never knew you. Depart from me, you who work iniquity.’”

– Matthew 7:21-23 (WEB)

When our motivation is not according to His will, no matter how righteous or how godly the acts seem, these are evil works. They are sinful works. Not every one who calls God as Lord is actually living as obedient servants because they do not do things according to His will. And it is certain that when we live in such manner and we do not repent of this sin, God will not allow us to enter His kingdom.

Let us seek God’s will, love His will, and ask for His grace to enable us to fully obey His will for us.

Published by Deborah Agustin

A High School Teacher who loves to write.

14 thoughts on “Only His Will

  1. “Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous… By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother.” 1 John 3:7,10 ESV

    We must live righteously to be righteous, but this is not a false righteousness, nor is it self-righteousness. It goes to that verse you quoted from Matthew 7 where it says that only those who do the will of God will enter into God’s heaven, i.e., his eternal kingdom.

    Yes, false righteousness will get us nowhere. Works, even good works, done in our flesh will not save us. But we are saved to do the good works which God prepared in advance that we should walk in them. And we will be judged by our works, like the people who say “Lord, Lord,” but who don’t do the will of God. For if we sow to please the flesh we will reap destruction, but if we sow to please the Spirit, we will reap eternal life (Gal 6:7-8; Rom 2:6-8; 2 Co 5:10).

    So, what it really comes down to is obedience. Are we walking in obedience to our Lord, not necessarily in absolute sinless perfection, but is Jesus truly our Lord? Are we following him wherever he leads us, and are we doing what he says as a matter of practice? Or are we going our own way, doing our own thing, living for self, and yes, even faking righteousness? It is those who do the will of God who are considered righteous in God’s eyes and they are the ones who will enter into God’s eternal kingdom.

    Deborah, I hope all is well with you.

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    1. The very questions we so need to ask ourselves. Thank you for this great share. Always a gem to read.

      I have been sick for two days now. But still up and kicking. I pray I will be better soon.

      Thank you for dropping by.

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      1. Deborah, thank you. Glory to God! Sorry to hear that you are sick. Praying for your healing. I have been sick, too, for six weeks, but I believe I am at the tail end of it. We had a mice infestation and I got sick from the mice. The symptoms were a lot like those of mononucleosis – fatigue, dizziness, sore throat, headache, labored breathing, etc. I have been sleeping a lot. I do hope and pray you get better real soon.

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  2. I have realized ds years back and im happy since then.. my motivation of doing good is to glorify God and not men. Though sometimes we tend to fail in this aspect.. thank u for this great reminder today..❤️❤️❤️

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