Thought of the Day October 8, 2019 God's will or ours?

By 9:14 AM

Having sought and fulfill the Father’s will in the area of righteousness and justice, Jesus tells us to imitate his zeal for righteousness: “Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness.” (Mt 6:33) What is this righteousness in Jesus’ view? It is connected to the will of God for us individually, by which we live faithfully in relationship to him and to others.

Recall the words of Jesus: Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.  Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name? Did we not drive out demons in your name? Did we not do mighty deeds in your name?’  Then I will declare to them solemnly, ‘I never knew you.  Depart from me, you evildoers.’ (Mt 7:21-23)

The people he was addressing were disciples who had done good things but not for godly reasons. They were doing their thing in the guise of pleasing God, but in reality these were not the things God wanted them to do at the moment. The passion, the hunger, the thirst of their lives was not righteousness but maybe self-satisfaction or pride or ambition or recognition. They were not looking to the righteousness of God but something else.

Do we seek the righteousness of God--his will--or do we seek our will, hoping God approves?

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