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Doing the will of God (II)

In the Our Father, the Lord taught to those were His to pray to the Father saying: “Your will be done on the earth as in heaven” (Mt 6:10). In heaven the will of God is done in a perfect way. Nothing is done with the least rebelliousness in relation to God. All is harmony, communion and love. God’s plan is carried out in a perfect way, because the heavenly creatures obey in all and do the holy will of the Lord. In the same way the Christians, beginning with each one of us, should pray that the will of God be done on earth as it is done in heaven.

Jesus Christ, the Servant of Yahweh, our model to be imitated in everything, always and at all times sought to do the will of the Father. He told the Jews: “My food is to do the will of the one who sent me, and to complete his work” (Jn 4:34), and also: “By myself I can do nothing; I can judge only as I am told to judge, and my judging is just, because I seek to do not my own will but the will of him who sent me” (Mt 5:30). To do the will of the Father has always been the obsession of the Son. As a true God, he had a divine will, but also, as a true Man he had a human will that He was submitting continuously to that of the Father. The most dramatic and representative moment of this love and submission of His will to the will of the Father took place at the Passion: “‘Father,’ he said, ‘If you are willing take this cup away from me. Nevertheless, let your will be done, not mine” (Lk 22:42). All men are called for this: to do the will of the Father, as Christ did.

What truly characterizes the disciple of Christ, is the doing the will of the Lord. In addition to what we have seen in the previous themes, I would like to point out in a very simple way some keys to help in doing the will of God:

  • There should be a desire to do it —something that looks obvious, but where we fail many times, perhaps because this desire has no sufficient strength.
  • This desire should come from the heart: “but as slaves of Christ who wholeheartedly do the will of God” (Eph 6:6).
  • We should do it out of love for our Lord, not out of obedience.
  • To do the will of God in its fullness, we have to die fully to our will.
  • To know the will of God, so to do it, it is necessary to have a renewed mind: “Let the renewing of your minds transform you, so that you may discern for yourselves what is the will of God: what is good, and acceptable and mature” (Rom 12:2).
  • We need to depend and walk in communion with the Holy Spirit who knows the depths of God and enables us to do His will.
  • The Holy Spirit and the Word of God, with the help of the Body of Christ, are our guides in accomplishing His will.

Finally, doing the will of the Lord is the only thing that lasts: “And the world with all its disordered desires is passing away. But whoever does the will of God remains forever” (1 Jn 2:17). All that we might do aside the will of the Lord is worth nothing, however good it may look, but whatever we do according to His will, carries the seal of eternity.

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