We pray every day, or at least we should, “Thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.” Then we go about our day. Every now and then, normally during a crisis, we wonder if our struggle is God’s will? What is God’s will? For sure it has nothing to do with houses, and boats, and cars and material stuff that “moth and rust consume.” Take a moment and read today’s Gospel lesson below….
Now you have your answer. The ONLY will of God is that we would believe in Jesus Christ and have eternal life. Could life really be as simple as “believe in Jesus and we will live forever?” YES. I will caution you, however, that eternal life will not automatically mean heaven. Keep in mind that the devil believes in Jesus Christ, but he will eventually be destroyed.
What if the will of God isn’t belief = eternal life, but believe AND eternal life. It is God’s will that we all believe, but He will not impose Himself upon our hearts. We are free to believe or not. As we experienced during Holy Week and Pascha, and are still celebrating, God has defeated death for everyone forever, so we will live. Jesus said, “Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth -- those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation.” (John 5.28-29)
At Be Transfigured Ministries, it is our desire to inspire you to Live A New Life In Christ. That means belief in Jesus. It means living a life He desires for us. It means denying ourselves, taking up our cross and following Him into heaven. It means living, as we Orthodox say, in communion with God. It means we can trust the Orthodox Way of Life to guide us and prepare us for eternal life so we will in fact desire for ourselves to be with God for eternity.
The Lord said to the Jews who believed in him: "This is the will of my Father, that every one who sees the Son and believes in him should have eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day." The Jews then murmured at him, because he said, "I am the bread which came down from heaven." They said, "Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How does he now say, 'I have come down from heaven'?" Jesus answered them, "Do not murmur among yourselves. No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day." – John 6.40-44