Summary of the Sermon by Pastor Zubin Medora, Sunday, 24 November 2019
The Power Of Being In The Family Of God
“Easy” Eddie was a lawyer in St Louis and later in Chicago where he began working with Al Capone 1930s he was living a high life, he gave his family the most expensive things he could afford until he realized he would like to leave a lasting legacy of a father to remember him as. He started helping federal prosecutors convict Al Capone of tax evasion and he was shot and killed while driving in his car for exposing Al Capone gangsterism.
Edward J. O’ Hare is the son of “Easy” Eddie and he served during the World War 2 as a naval aviator. He single-handedly attacked a formation of 9 Japanese heavy bombers by himself. He managed to shoot down 5 enemy bombers during that encounter with the Japanese bombers. He was shot down to death and never found.
Both the father and his son had the willingness to suffer for greater good. The son had followed his father’s footstep to live a meaningful life that brought an impact. What does it take for us to be in the family of Christ?
In Matthew 12:46-50 we read about the sermons on the Mount on the principles of life. Jesus rocked the world when He said that whoever does the will of my FATHER IN HEAVEN is His brother and sister and mother. This is what it takes to be a part of God’s family- to do the will of God.
For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!”” (Romans 8:14-15)
However, in reality we are still gripped by fear and problems on a daily basis. Therefore, what is the will of God? There are 3 types of will of God:-
God’s Sovereign Will - where we don’t have a say. It is God’s sovereign control of all things. Example in Matthew 26:39, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” God’s Will was for Jesus to die at the cross for our sins.
God’s Dispositional Will – God wills it but it needs our part to obey to make it happen. Example in 1 Thessalonian 4:3, “This is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality.” Our part is to walk in obedience according to the will of God.
God’s Revealed Will – it is revealed to us when we read the bible.
We see examples of the revealed will of God in the Bible:
1. GIVE THANKS IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES
Give thanks in all circumstances for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you (1 Thessalonians 5:18). Jesus wept when he visited Mary and Martha after Lazarus had died. He too grief over losing someone dearest to Him even in the saddest moment for that is the will of God. Jesus gave thanks to God the Father during a prayer before He resurrected Lazarus. It takes faith to be able to say thanks in all situation.
2. SUFFERING FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS
Suffering is a picture of Jesus
So then who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good. Suffering for righteousness is when we actually have not done anything wrong. (1 Peter 4:19)
Endure hardship as discipline God is treating us as His children. For what children are not disciplined by their Father? (Hebrews 12:7)
even if we suffer for doing what is right, God will reward us for it. So do not worry or be afraid of their threats. (1 Peter 3:14)
3. PROGESSIVE SANCTIFICATION
God wants us to be sanctified, to be set
apart- away from pornography, ungodly relationship and other sinful nature. Is
our life bearing fruits of the Spirit? (see Galatians 5:22-23 for the fruits of
For it is God’s will that you should be sanctified that you should avoid sexual immorality (1 Thessalonians4:3)
WHY IS IT SO DIFFICULT TO SUBMIT?
1. Fallen nature; we are born with rebellious sinful nature ever since the fall of man.
2. Submission vs Subjection
many of us confuse between submission and subjection. Submission is voluntary under authority but subjection is where there is a forced removal of someone’s freewill. Submission requires faith to submit; it requires us to believe without seeing for greater goods.
3. Requires Faith
When we are faced in a situation and we find it too difficult to face, remember that our faith is in the LORD. Faith requires us believing without seeing. When Thomas realized Jesus is really in front of him, Jesus said to him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (John 20:29)
4. Submission and Suffering
Jesus was 100% man and 100% God but He learned obedience from what He suffered. Job was a wealthy man successful however, step by step everything was taken away from Job including his health. Job had every right to be depressed humanly speaking but yet, in the midst of his suffering he says in Job 22:21 when we submit to God’s will we become the part of God’s family.
Our Father has a purpose in every challenges of life we experience.
We need to learn to surrender our will to the will of our Father in Heaven. Let Your will be done, for the perfect will of God is the best for us.