Devotional

God’s Will Over Ours

Michael Beck

“For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.” (John 6:38)

God expects us to choose Him over ourselves at every turn. “For even Christ pleased not himself …” (Rom. 15:3) Of the Father, the Son said: “For I do always those things that please him.” (John 8:29)

We cannot be a lover of our own pleasures and a lover of God. A self-indulgent life cannot glorify God. Temperance is a fruit of Christ’s Spirit. The temperate man needs no outside force or influence to stop him. By the check of the Holy Spirit he lays his hand on his mouth and halts his movement toward a God forbidden destination. He wears the yoke His Lord wore. He does not operate in an Unlimited realm. His limits are anything and everything outside the will of His Father. When others boast of what they can do; He says: “I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.” (John 5:30)

Christ came into this world to be the firstborn of many brethren. Before Him and outside of Him there are only men of the flesh. He is the first human being of the Spirit, who always gladly did the will of Another – even His Father. Such a life of willing submission and servitude to another is anathema to those in the flesh. “Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.” (Rom. 8:7,8)

Many who name the Name of Christ, and claim to be of His Spirit, fail to walk as He walked. They still act as if they are their own. They are still given over to the fulfillment of the desires of their flesh and their mind without hardly a thought as to what God has to say. Paul did not envision such a life for those who had been born of God’s Spirit. “But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.” (Rom. 8:9)

The pleasure of the Son was found in pleasing the Father. “I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.” (Ps. 40:8) That delight was so great that it brought Him to the cross. “… Who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross” (Heb. 12:2) The cross is the ultimate expression of choosing God’s will over ours. Nothing, not even saving our own lives in this world, is to stand in the way of our fulfilling God’s will.

Jesus came down from heaven to show us the way we ought to walk and please God. He became the perfect worshipper the Father always sought and finally found. May God’s eyes still find those on the earth who do always those things which please Him. Jesus has brought such a breed into existence.


Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.