Rev. (Dr) Azuka Ogbolumani
1st Bible Reading: 1Kings 18: 28-40, 2nd Bible Reading Ephesians 5:1-17, 3rd Matthew 7:21-29

In Luke 12: 22—23 our Lord Jesus Christ tells us that we must first and importantly seek His kingdom and His righteousness. That is His ways of doing things right. Anything we do should carry the signature of God. Seeking to do the will of God in every situation and circumstances of life is our goal as children of God. Ephesians 5:1 says children imitate their father.Christians should be imitators of God and copy His example; it is only because of this reason that the early believers were called Christians because they were doing His will and following His footsteps.The question is who are you imitating? If you are imitating Christ, you will allow Him to live His life through you (Galatians 2:20). Believers should not be afraid of making mistakes, making mistakes brings us to the realisation that we need to fully depend on God. Going to Church does not make us children of God, but by doing his will. That is why John 4:32-34 says that what gives Him (Christ) joy is doing His Father’s will, and this must be our goal as children of God. Our goal as children of God therefore is to diligently do His will at all situation and at any circumstances in which we find ourselves. When we pray according to His will, He will hear us. If we seek His kingdom and righteousness first, everything else will be added unto us. Seeking His kingdom means doing things right before God (In Matthew 7:21-23). The only way we can go to heaven is by doing the will of the Father, doing the will of the Father is about obedience— doing what the Father asks of us. It is not about what we think or say; but about obeying His will. People who claim to be Christians and not doing His will, will never go to heaven. Psalm 40: 6-8 reminds us that God does not require our sacrifices. If we claim we know God, we must keep His commandments as 1 John 2:3-4 admonishes us ‘now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments…’ Job 36:11 warns that if they obey and serve Him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures. But if they obey not, they shall perish by the sword, and they shall die without knowledge’. 

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