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November 3, 2015 | Daily Devotionals | November 3, 2015

Dad’s Dream is Simple

Whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother. 
Matthew 12:50

It really is simple, not easy, and it seems that Jesus intended it to be that way.  The gospel is not reserved for the “smart guys”, the intellectuals, the A students. It’s out there for everybody. In fact he says it’s going to be tougher for the “smart guys”. He said, you must become like little children.

The life of doing the Fathers will is a combination of promise and persecution, blessing and suffering.  Our fraternity accepts both the joys and tribulations of being the brothers of Jesus.  The best news is that Jesus Christ accepts all men into His brotherhood and all men can begin today to do the one thing that distinguishes a brother of Christ; the will of the Father.   

What does that mean for us?  How far are we willing to go?  For God’s man, the Father’s will is made easier by the Father’s love.  We see that commitment to us and we find ourselves more committed.  We see His sacrifice of His Son, and we find ourselves more willing to give up comforts of our own.  For some of us, we do not doubt that the Father’s will is best as much as we wonder how uncomfortable the “best” will end up being.  Trusting God in your personal Garden of Gethsemane will be what bonds you most deeply to His image.

Martin Luther may have spelled out what it means to do the Father’s will better than most when he observed, “I have held many thing in my hands, and I have lost them all: but whatever I have placed in God’s hands that I still possess.

Father, thank you for making understanding an “on a needs to know basis” thing.

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