“What Jesus Demands From The World” – Daily Devotional (6/22/10): Demand #21 “Do the Will of My Father Who Is in Heaven—Be Transformed by Trusting Jesus”

Mark 3:35

Whoever does the will of God, he is my brother and sister and mother.

Luke 11:28

Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!

Matthew 7:21

Not everyone who says to me, “Lord, Lord,” will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.

Continuing yesterday’s theme, I will now allow the author (John Piper) to continue discussing the idea of trusting Jesus, with the focus now shifting to how doing so should transform our actions and lifestyle.

“Jesus is the path to perfection.  But how is he the path to perfection? The last chapter answered: by being the basis of our perfection before God as we trust him. Now we turn to another answer, which is also true: Jesus, by his presence and power within us, transforms us so that we really begin to love like he does and move toward perfection (pg. 159).”

“Jesus’ most urgent demand is that we stop treasuring money and start treasuring himself as our only hope of having the ‘one thing’ that we lack—perfect righteousness. Yes, we should keep the commandments, but only as they come through the filter of their fulfillment in Jesus. Practically, this means we should look to Jesus himself, revealed in his life and death and teaching, for the guidance we need. We must depend on Jesus’ power to do that the way a branch depends on a vine. In this way Christ, not Moses, gets all the glory for the purchase and the performance of the new covenant.  But even with this divinely enabled transformation (Mark 10:27), our righteousness is not perfect in this life, and it will not suffice for our right standing before God. Therefore, Jesus’ demand that we do the will of his Father and that we keep his commandments is also a demand that we despair of making our obedience the ground of God’s acceptance. Our transformation is the fruit of our union with Jesus. That union is where the ground of our acceptance lies. And that union is established by believing in Jesus. The fruit demonstrates the reality of the union and the authenticity of faith. This is God’s will—that we believe on his Son, that we enjoy our union with him, that we rest in God’s merciful declaration of our perfection and acceptance, and that we bear the fruit of love (pg. 163).”

May God strengthen you as you honor Jesus’ demand to live transformed lives for his sake!


Pastor Josh

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