FRIDAY 14TH AUGUST, 2020
THEME: Seek His Will
PASSAGE: John 5: 30-40
HYMN: MHB 396 –LORD, in the fullness of my might,
MEMORY VERSE: John 5:30 “I can of My own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge and My judgment is just because I seek not My own will but the will of the Father who had sent Me.”
Christianity is not a personal way of life, rather, it seeks the approval of God. In other words, for our way of life to be acceptable unto God as Christians, it must be in conformity with the standard of God.
Therefore, today’s point of conversation is to “Seek His will.” You are not to please self but God’s will. You can also say “Seek not your will, but the will of God.” It appears to be more convenient for many people to seek after their own will at the expense of God’s will. Many of us prefer to go to any extent of pleasing ourselves in all things contrary to the divine principles of God.
Someone reading this devotional will remember how many times attempts have been made to please ourselves in all ramifications. We often forget that if Jesus – the Captain of our salvation – would have liked to please Himself, He would not have accepted to drink from the cup of agony. We admonish the whole family or individuals going through this message this today to read the conclusion of Christ on this subject matter as reported by St. Luke 22:40, which says “Father, if You are willing, take this cup from Me; yet, not My will, but Yours be done.”
Jesus sought His Father’s approval. He conceded and submitted to His Father’s will. He didn’t live for Himself, but for God. He had no plan of His own, but that of God. He didn’t argue with what God had intended for Him; rather, He held tenaciously unto the will of His Father. He would rather die doing the will of God than pleasing Himself and enjoying the spoil of being self- centred.
As you step out this Friday, make up your mind to please God in all your actions and endeavours and wait to see what God will do for you in return. Happy weekend.
PRAYER: Oh God! Christ sought to please You and You raised Him above all creatures. Please, help me in all my dealings to always seek after things that are pleasing to You too. Amen.
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