Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Willing the Will

I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me. (John 5:30)
Jesus was all about doing the will of God. As disciples of Jesus, that is what we should always be about, too.

The Greek word for “will” has a semantic range which includes these meanings: determination, choice, purpose, inclination, decree, pleasure, desire, will.

Willing the will of God is …
  • Determining with His determinations
  • Choosing His choices
  • Purposing His purposes
  • Being inclined with His inclinations
  • Decreeing His decrees
  • Being pleased with His pleasure
  • Desiring what He desires
David said, “Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4). As we delight ourselves in God, His desires become ours, and He is pleased to fulfill those desires, because they come from Him.

Jesus said, “I always do those things that please Him” (John 8:29). This was just another way of saying, “I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.” So He willed the will, decreed the decrees, and experienced the full pleasure of His Father.

To us is given the privilege, as children of God, to speak and act with His choices and purposes, to decree the things He decrees and know the joy He experiences. His will is our pleasure and delight, the desires of our heart being fulfilled.

(See also The Pleasure of God on Earth)