We have a guest blogger today on A Heart For My Shepherd! I’m happy to share with you the thoughts of Mafe (read more about her in the bio below)! I get so excited about young people with a heart for the Lord (I guess it reminds me I’m not alone here); Mafe writes with such a passion and has expressed such a deep desire to learn the truth – it is truly a joy to know her. (By the way, you can follow her writing at LiveSharp.org, where she is a contributing blogger). So without further ado, here is Mafe:
John 4:34 “Jesus said to them, ’My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and accomplish His work.’”
Luke 22:42 “saying, ‘Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done.’”
John 6:38 “For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.”
Our Lord says that His food is to do the Father’s will. Wow. Doing the Father’s will, that was what Jesus’ life was all about. He lived to accomplish God’s purpose. That was Christ’s ambition, to be pleasing to the Father and to obey what the Father wanted Him to do.
Are there things the Father wants us to do? Jesus’ main goal was to do what God pleased. Christ had his eyes on the finish line, and He worked towards it. That was so essential to Him as FOOD! It was something He needed every day. I wonder, how many of us live the same way? Have we been overwhelmed with what Christ has done for us? Do we live like Him? Are we obsessed with doing the Father’s will as much as Christ was? This was His thought, what consumed His life and even His death. Are we so amazed by Christ sacrifice, that He becomes our life? That we NEED to read His Word? That obedience to God becomes our very FOOD?
So, are you overwhelmed with Christ? Is Jesus your very delight? Is He your Lord? Have you surrendered to Him completely? Are you willing to be assessed by His Word? Truth is, only you know in your heart if Jesus is your all. How is your secret life? Do you love Him in your secret life or just in church? Only you know if you truly know Him, or if He is just someone you know facts about.
If Jesus is not your LORD, please think twice about your own profession of faith. Christ’s Lordship is the very essence of the gospel. We are called to “deny ourselves” (Luke 9:23). You either are under His Lordship or not. There is no middle ground. When we proclaim the gospel, we say “You are accountable to a Just King, and He is Lord. That’s why you owe Him. He will rightfully bring about justice upon your sin. Plead Jesus’ blood, freely given to you, and surrender, repent. Don’t be the Lord of your own life, but surrender to God’s ownership of you.”
We must be obsessed with doing the Father’s will just as much as Christ was. If we are obsessed with other things, like entertainment, friends, school, self-promotion, food, etc., we will sadly be of little use to the Lord. We cannot miss out of the great joy and treasures to be found in the knowledge of Christ!! Joys that are FAR GREATER than anything else. The fact is, we can’t afford to be passive Christians. We must fix our minds on eternal things, spiritual things, God’s Word! We need not to merely say, but we need to DO. And DO something because life is passing quickly. Believers who put God’s Word as a priority, read it and are changed by it are the only hope for the church and for the lost world. Yet a genuine obedience CAN ONLY flow out of LOVE FOR CHRIST and an UNDERSTANDING OF who He is and His love for us, demonstrated in the cross.
In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. -1 John 4:10-11
This verse clearly shows, loving others (which is the fulfillment of the law, Romans 13:8) comes from the understanding of the way that “God so loved us”, by sending “His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”
As Rachel says, “It is that understanding that makes this level of commitment possible, otherwise we risk becoming like the pharisees, working only because we know that’s the right thing to do and eventually becoming motivated by making our own selves look good, instead of by a love for God and a desire to glorify Him for all He’s done for us.”
So will you pray with me? Pray that we would be a people doing the will of the Lord, obeying His Word, learning about Him, and surrendered to Him. That we would be consumed, concentrated, giving our all, unto the matter of doing what God wants us to do, seeing Christ as our example and the only person through whom we can do anything for the Lord. That we would talk about Him, delight in Him, pray to Him and tell others about Him! Not to bring glory to ourselves but because we love Him!
About Mafe –
I’m a 16 year old girl currently attending Mentor High School. Born and raised in Bogota, Colombia, I grew up in a “Christian” home, but no one in my family knew the gospel or what it truly meant. I surrendered my life to Jesus in September of 2009, after God providentially burdened a Youth Pastor to start a Bible study in my home. When he read John 3:3 “..Unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God…,” by God’s grace, I realized I couldn’t be born again by my own efforts. I repented of my sins and asked God to save me. In December of that same year, the Lord allowed me and my mom to come to the United States. The Lord also provided us with a Bible-believing church in our area, Grace Church of Mentor. I have grown so much since then, and I truly appreciate the correct study and application of God’s word. The Lord has put in my heart a desire to encourage my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ to be distinct from the world, to have a deep affection for God’s Word and to highly appreciate it, so that Jesus’ name among unbelievers won’t be blasphemed. Currently, I am a contributor for livesharp.org