Delighting in doing God’s Will | Addressing Causes | Making Disciples

As we enter this new decade we see a paradigm shift in our work as a Mission, moving to our new facility which we are dedicating to addressing causes. We give thanks to our faithful God for His love towards us and indeed His faithfulness in meeting all our needs. We also give thanks to our faithful supporters who facilitate our work through their generous giving, volunteering and praying. We pray for our leveraged model to move from good to great, and have incredible coordination and collaboration with all our stakeholders; we pray for spiritual and social depth of understanding the need; we pray that we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, the author and the finisher of our faith.

Overall, we want to see what God is seeing and do what God would have us do. So, our theme for this year is “Delighting in doing God’s will”.

The solid foundation that will keep us on track, is our covenantal relationship with God through the person and the work of Jesus Christ.

“Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. …I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. …for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the Lord. Jeremiah 31:31-34

The new covenant promised by Jeremiah was fulfilled by the ultimate sacrifice on the cross. Jesus formally instituted the new covenant during the Last Supper in Luke 22:10, and the new covenant re-emphasised God’s desire to form a people who would let Him be Lord of their lives.

The Psalmist says:

I take joy in doing your will, my God, for your instructions are written on my heart. Psalm 40:8

The sense of the Hebrew verb translated here as “I take joy” is experiencing pleasure. We receive pleasure from knowing that we are doing that which honours and glorifies God. Moreover, when we do what’s right, we feel a sense of well-being that comes from achieving our life’s purpose. We have been put on this earth to live for God’s glory. When we do it, we feel joy.

Undeniably, there are times when obeying God is hard, times when we’d much rather follow our own will than His. Even Jesus knew that experience as He wrestled with His Father’s will in the Garden of Gethsemane. Yet there are also other times, times when doing God’s will is easy, even delightful.

It is God’s will that His children experience His joy, both in this life and ultimately forever in His presence in heaven.

As we continue in this decade of delighting in His will let us keep our focus, our thoughts, and hopes on Him, let us spend time in His word, in prayer and worship and indeed serving Him in whatever capacity He calls us to.

Julio Abraham