Repetition in everyday life can be considered routines, ritualistic and somehow boring. Apostle Michael Collins Asiedu brought new meaning to ritualistic in his entire message, when he constantly repeated the statement, “Choosing to do the will of God comes with a cost”. The strength in that sentence alone was the deal breaker.
I am an example of Christ in my determination to do God’s will no matter the cost was the topic under consideration. Our readings were taken from Hebrews 10:5-7, John 8:29, and the very popular 1 Corinthians 4:16-17.
Moving on, he proceeded to establish that once one has chosen the path of Christ, one should be able to lay aside all filthiness and fleshly desires for the sake of God’s will. Drawing reference from 2 Corinthians 6:3-7 and 2 Corinthians 6:4-10, Apostle Asiedu avidly described how Paul had to undergo adversity for the sake of the gospel.
By way of tactfully dealing with the subject in view, he made the following striking statements in passing:
- Doing the will of God is not on a silver platter. Christ of course is our primary focus, who prayed that the will of the father should prevail.
- We should prepare ourselves to be determined because it doesn’t come easy.
- Our will and that of the father is always in conflict.
- In the Christian experience, “aloneness”, ie. Walking alone, is a requirement.
- There will come a time when because of the will of God, our plans for life will be put on hold. Are you in God’s will?, Do you plan to marry that beautiful maiden 2 years after school?. Your drawing board needs a revisit.
- Preparation! The need for us as Christians to prepare ourselves.
- And again, some of our desires must be cut down in order that we do the will of God.
- We must shed tears and be humble even to the point of humiliation in order that God’s will be done.
That notwithstanding, there are difficulties we would encounter in doing God’s will. These include:
- The oppositions of the “self” life (Matthew 26:39)
- The forces of evil (Matthew 16:22)
- Friends and family
- Opposition of routes to escape
Since Jesus is our perfect example, it is only wise to draw inspiration from how he was able to fulfill the will of God for his life. Of notable mention are:
- Having a resolved mind (Luke 9:51)
- The submitted will
- The power of prayer (Luke 22:43-44)
- The grace of God (not unmerited favor, but what he attained himself) [Hebrews 2:9]
- The power of the Holy Spirit (Acts 10:38)
May God empower us to always fulfill the will of the God by the help of the Holy Spirit. God bless his word!
[Written by the Excerpt Crew of the Editorial Committee]