January 2016

God’s Will, Our Will

          “All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and whoever comes to Me I will never cast out” (John 6:37).

          “The Father gives Me,”--Let us consider the Divine art of giving. On Christmas we celebrate Jesus Christ being given that we may have everlasting life with faith in Him. We have the twelve days of Christmas from December 25th to January 6th. January 6th is the day of Epiphany that celebrates, as Matthew records, “wise men from the East” bringing their “gifts of gold and frankincense and myrrh.”

          Christmas is a great time to celebrate with gifts as we recall God’s love. We realize our “cup overflows” (Ps. 23:5), and not only at Christmas. God’s love is continual, “since He Himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything” (Acts 17:25).

          In John 6:37 (above), what is given is faith in Jesus Christ, spoken of other places as being “born again” or “born from above.” Mankind seems to get the point that we had no, repeat no, input, coaxing, or decision in being alive in the first place, no part of controlling the gametes or our parents. As we study the process, we can understand the great variety of other possibilities of which gametes could have joined. Any other combination would result in a person who is not you. Then we can also understand all the circumstantial and emotional variables on how our parents got together and that they even knew each other.  You and I are unique persons with our one-of-a-kind genetic makeup. Scripture affirms that this unique person was given by God, “He Himself gives all mankind life.” This life is of gametes, then flesh and blood according to all the systems that God has devised. Praise God that He willed to give us life!

          It is no mistake that God-breathed Holy Scripture talks about our life of faith as being “born again,” that is, “born from above.”  “All that the Father gives” to Jesus “will come to” Jesus. Alleluia! Apply all that we are familiar with according to our birth of flesh and our lack of input, coaxing, and decisions to being “born again, born from above.” We are passive recipients of life, both temporary, earthly life and everlasting life in God’s kingdom. Praise God that He willed to give us everlasting life!

          Now a sad point that can be part of all gift-giving: mankind’s grievous will. The gift can be neglected, rejected, and even “cast out.” This is true of gifts we receive at Christmas, birthdays, or any other occasion–a sad situation. This is also true of our temporary life in our present flesh. This is very sad when humans neglect life by not being a good steward of life, and sadder still when life is rejected by casting out God’s gift of life; sadly human’s grievous will can reject.

          Let us apply John 6:37, whoever “the Father gives will come to Jesus.” Alleluia, this is God’s will, and it will occur, and faith will be ignited. Christ will not “cast” anyone “out.” However, some humans do neglect the Christian life, rejecting Christ and His Church. At one point in the fold, by their own grievous fault they wandered or were enticed away. Christ did not “cast” them out. Let us live thankfully with all God gives: “life and breath and everything.”

 

The Lord be with you,

Pastor Sam Wiseman