The Divine Will of God
Matthew 22:36-40New International Version (NIV)
36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Guidance in the Divine Will of God has always been clear in the Christian life. Accepting and surrendering to it consistently has been the biggest obstacle.
A personal relationship with Jesus Christ is the primary way to connect to God. Jesus was the only Messiah and Master Guide of salvation. If one is to truly surrender to our God (loving him with all that we are), then faith in Christ is an absolute requirement. We know that we have fully surrendered when our heart is filled with unrelenting compassion for people and constant prudent love becomes the set of obligations that we are governed by.
Daily prayer and surrendering our lives to the will of God is required to consistently live the Christian life. It is a difficult task as our human brokenness provides constant impairments that prevent our hearts and minds to fully submit consistently for a lifetime. The key words here are consistently and lifetime. So it is always a work in progress to maintain a religious and spiritual mindset. Yet, this is why it is encouraged to participate in a church fellowship on weekly basis with other Christ centered people.
Learning to surrender our will to God is also an evolving task as we age. As we age, we accumulate wisdom and new skills, our usefulness in the Lord's Kingdom is enhanced. The initial Will of God is laid out in the second command. Each of us are surrounded by family, friends, and co-workers in our daily life. Learning to love these people in a prudent way places us in the Divine Will by being the vessel of Grace that impacts lives. Christ, our Master Guide, teaches us through Scripture how to love these people. Our relationship to each person provides a unique set of obligations. Our skills and gifts allow us to impact lives differently to each one. This arrangement of people changes as time goes on and always offers new difficulties in understanding how we might help with limited resources and strength. Loving people can be hard work and people can disappoint us but we find that the more we are able to serve others, the more we grow on a personal level both religiously and spiritually deeper in our connection to Christ and God. In this two-commandment system the Divine Will of God is participated in. It is brilliant from the perspective of God as we become His catalyst or force of Holiness in humanity and in it we live connected to the Divine providing us a substantially meaningful life.
This is the discipleship lived by the Community Minister. Filled with many heroic moments of overextending ourselves, pushing forward Herculean efforts for the betterment of others. Doing this while faced with the challenges of everyday life. The Community Minister promotes Christ in the world through ordinary daily tasks providing an opportunity to touch the lives of others.
Vow taken for life in the Society of the Eucharist Fellowship:
Obedience to ordained life in Christ and living the Gospel.
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