There are a plethora of instances during the Christian pilgrimage in which people profess their busyness is about doing God’s will. While we may do various works in the Lord’s name, there is one way to determine who does God’s will.
Practically all of the miracles that Jesus did were done through him speaking the words of his Father. Jesus’s primary objective was to reveal the will of the Father. He declared, in John 5:30, “I seek not to do my own will, but the will of him that sent me”. And in John 8:29, “For I do always the things that are pleasing to him”. This picture of the Master helps us to understand the one way to determine God’s will.
Through Jesus’s example, we discover that the selfish person is a limited person. On the other hand, people who have less worldly ambitions and desires, have the Father more fully revealed through them. When we allow the Father’s word to completely saturate our hearts and our speech, we will perform the greater works that Jesus performed speaking God’s word and will.
Consequently, we must conclude that the one way any person may determine whether they are doing God’s will is to allow the word of God to live in them. Throwing off all ambitious acts of busy self promotion, we must act on the word of God until the Father is revealed in us. Just as Jesus in doing the will of his Father could say, “He that has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:9). Likewise, we who would determine the one way to do God’s will must, through our acting on God’s word, unselfishly unveil the Father in us.
L. Jerome Jones