John 5 Lesson

Doing God's will, not our own.

For today’s forum, we will focus on the following scripture spoken by Jesus:

  • “I can do nothing on My own initiative. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is just, because I do not seek My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.” – John 5:30.

Jesus is our perfect example.   He consistently chooses to do God’s will, not His own.   By doing this, He shows His humility and love for His Father.

We too should be making decisions based on our love for our Father by searching the scriptures and sincerely seeking to do the will of God.  

As it says in 2 Timothy 3:16-17:

  • “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.”

The Bible is our true north. As we have just read, it is to be used for:

  • Reproof (to rebuke),
  • Correction,
  • Training in righteousness.

As disciples of Jesus, we need to study the Bible so that we will be prepared for the work that we are called to do.

The world, however, operates differently.  

Many people do not make decisions based on the Bible. It is more common to see people making decisions for personal gain, or to fulfill their selfish desires than it is to see people making decisions to glorify God.

When we seek to do God’s will instead of our own, we are obeying the Gospel, and we please God.

Jesus issues the following warning in the Gospel of Mathew:

  • “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’  And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; leave Me, you who practice lawlessness.’” – Mathew 7:21-23.

As Christians, we are to be the “Light of the world!” Our behaviors must be different than those of the world because we follow Jesus and not our own selfish desires.

In His Sermon on the Mount Jesus said:

  • “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” – Mathew 5:14-16.

We will end today’s lesson with the following scriptures that highlight the importance of doing God’s will, not our own:

  • “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” – Romans 12:2.

  • “But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not just hearers who deceive themselves. ” - James 1:22.

  • “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him.” - Proverbs 3:5-6.

  • “Now it shall be, if you diligently obey the Lord your God, being careful to do all His commandments which I am commanding you today, that the Lord your God will put you high above all the nations of the earth. And all these blessings will come to you and reach you if you obey the Lord your God.” – Deuteronomy 28:1-2.

Comments

Pat Dermody

Too often we can get caught up in following the “rules” that we do not hear God in our lives. There is a saying that goes something like this.”life is what happens while we are making plans. “We need to find God in the present . During the day we need to pause ans ask what is God trying to tell me in this moment . What would Jesus do in this moment? And, hopefully, we will become more godlike.

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Prof. Dr. Lorin Cranford

Truly Jesus is our example to follow. But He is more than an example. Through His indwelling presence by His Spirit, it is Him who enables the obedience so that our actions become Him living out His life through us. This is the point of His declaration in Matt 5,17. The shining Light in us is the Presence of Christ who is working in and through us. This then prompts praise to God and not praise of us. May each of us allow the indwelling Christ the freedom to reproduce His life in us today!

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Victoria

Psalm 25 is the best!!!

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John
Victoria

Thank you Victoria! I had to look it up and see what it says. I recall the words from this psalm in a beautiful hymn, "Unto Thee O' Lord." Have a blessed day Victoria!

To You, Lord, I lift up my soul.
2 My God, in You I trust,
Do not let me be ashamed;
Do not let my enemies rejoice over me.
3 Indeed, none of those who wait for You will be ashamed;
[a]Those who deal treacherously without cause will be ashamed.

4 Make me know Your ways, Lord;
Teach me Your paths.
5 Lead me in Your truth and teach me,
For You are the God of my salvation;
For You I wait all the day.
6 Remember, Lord, Your compassion and Your faithfulness,
For they have been [b]from of old.
7 Do not remember the sins of my youth or my wrongdoings;
Remember me according to Your faithfulness,
For Your goodness’ sake, Lord.

8 The Lord is good and upright;
Therefore He instructs sinners in the way.
9 He leads the [c]humble in justice,
And He teaches the [d]humble His way.
10 All the paths of the Lord are faithfulness and truth
To those who comply with His covenant and His testimonies.
11 For the sake of Your name, Lord,
Forgive my wrongdoing, for it is great.

12 Who is the person who fears the Lord?
He will instruct him in the way he should choose.
13 His soul will dwell in [e]prosperity,
And his [f]descendants will inherit the [g]land.
14 The [h]secret of the Lord is for those who fear Him,
[i]And He will make them know His covenant.
15 My eyes are continually toward the Lord,
For He will [j]rescue my feet from the net.

16 Turn to me and be gracious to me,
For I am lonely and afflicted.
17 [k]The troubles of my heart are enlarged;
Bring me out of my distresses.
18 Look at my misery and my trouble,
And forgive all my sins.
19 Look at my enemies, for they are many,
And they hate me with violent hatred.
20 Guard my soul and save me;
Do not let me be ashamed, for I take refuge in You.
21 Let integrity and uprightness protect me,
For I wait for You.
22 Redeem Israel, God,
From all his distress.

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mustang

Amen! God is love!

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Janice
mustang

Amen

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