At the end of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus says, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the kingdom of heaven—only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.” And what is the will of God? To preach the Gospel and perform powerful acts of sacrificial love, right? Jesus goes on, “many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in your name, and in your name cast out demons and do many powerful deeds?’ Then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you. Go away from me, you lawbreakers!’”
What?! So preaching and healing and serving are not enough? Or not the right things? I wish Jesus would just give us a righteous task list… But he doesn’t. It’s harder, deeper and more complex than that.
Sometimes the right thing is the wrong thing. Doing the will of God is the only thing that is always the right thing. And that is more difficult to accomplish than a righteous task list. It requires knowing God’s will today. This moment. Which requires us to listen. To be quiet. To hear from God before we act.
When an orphan is brought to the ServLife children’s home in Nepal, the child with all their paperwork is presented and interviewed by the staff. They do their due diligence. And then our director’s wife, Bhakti, goes upstairs to her bedroom. To pray. And she doesn’t come out until God speaks and says whether or not to take the child into the home. When God speaks, they do God’s will, and that is the final decision.
I’d rather just do what I think is best and what will do the most good. I say, accept every single orphan into the home. But the good thing is not always the best thing. God’s will is best, and I’m learning to listen before I act. I want to be like Jesus, who said, “I listen, then I decide. You can trust my decision because I’m not out to get my own way but only to carry out orders.” (John 5:30 MSG)
Your desire to adopt God’s will and care for orphans, share the good news of Jesus and empower families struggling financially is having an incredible impact in India and Nepal. Thank you for your obedience to God’s prompting, and for seeking God’s will not just for your life but also for the lives of others.
May we listen before we act. May we not settle for good but pursue what is best. May God’s will be done in heaven and earth and our lives.