“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven” (Matt. 7:21).

The will of the Father is to do what the word says. The will of the Father is revealed in His word. The life of our Lord Jesus and His teaching also revealed the will of God to us. The word empowers and helps us to develop our faith. It is necessary for Christians to pray for ears to hear, the heart to understand and spiritual empowerment to act the word.
The book of James speaks mostly on how to put the word of God into practice. In this James stated.
“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves… But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty (Love) and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the word, this one will be blessed in what he does” (Jas. 1:22-25).
Who is the doer of the word except the one who does the will of the Father. It is not the one who memorized the whole Bible; not the one who preaches the word all the time; not the one who backed a Ph.D. in theology; not the one who speak in tongue; not the one who displayed outward or inward appearance justifying their faith: but the one who does the will of the Father. The parable of the god Samaritan explains it.

The Parable of the Good Samaritan

“And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 He said to him, “What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?” So he answered and said, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’[a] and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’”[b] And He said to him, “You have answered rightly; do this and you will live.”
But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
Then Jesus answered and said: “A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. 31 Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side.
But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.’ So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?” And he said, “He who showed mercy on him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.” (Luke 10:25- 37 NKJV)

The man who came to test Jesus was a lawyer, that is, one who is expert in the law or the word of God. Just like many of us claimed to know the word of God today and probably have a title that distinguish us to be man or woman of God. May be our appearance in person or on social media or the size of our church or the miracle we see on television tells the world that you are expert in the word of God. But this man came to test Jesus; likewise, we Christians of nowadays are testing the Lord. We know the truth, but we always want to justify our own contrary action.
The man asks Jesus, “what must I do to inherit eternal life”. The Bible states that no one can mock God. He knows the intents of our heart because He is Omnipresent, Omniscient and Omnipotent. He answered the man’s question with a question “what is written in the law”

Brethren, please let us study the word of God thoroughly and meditate on it thoroughly; many people will question your faith, situations will question your faith. For example, poverty will test you whether to take what does not belong to you or not; lust may question you whether to fornicate or not because your spouse did not satisfy you sexually and so on. At the cross road of taking decision, you better be filled with the spirit of God to prompt you to apply the right application of the word.
Many times we Christians know what the word of God says but lack the correct application and the spiritual meaning of the word. If we don’t meditate on the word of God and allow the Holy Spirit to enlighten us, we will lose the right application of the word.
In another instance, we know the word and the correct application of it, but because of our unwillingness to adhere because of unrighteous benefit and selfish motives, we pretend not to know. Sometimes, we try to justify our deliberate wrong action by claiming ignorance of the word; know this, you cannot mock God.
Furthermore, we know the word but we do not act the word; human nature in the absence of the spirit always gives excuse for disobedience or not willing to do the will of God.
The man travelling from Jerusalem to Jericho definitely in one of their own or liken him to be a Christian to a Christian. The priest is his spiritual father, the Levite is one of those that the man is looking up to emulate in the church; and it is within the power of these two to rescue their fellow, but they ignored him. They put aside the Law; they fail to do what they have being preaching to the people to do.
That is the situation with many Christians nowadays; they find it difficult to help one another. They have all sorts of strategy to extort from those in need. We know those who are in need, but we pretend not to see them. The priest and the Levite preached hospitality, mercy, help etc. but would not act it. All Christians are priests and Levites and we must show the world how to act the word by being an example.
The Good Samaritan’s action shows the following fruits of the spirit that must be revealed in the life of every Christian as the evidence of their faith and acting the word.
• Love
• Compassion
• Hospitality
• Help
• Mercy
• Care
• Longsuffering
• Kindness
• Faithfulness
Hence, Jesus said,

‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me. “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, … And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’(Matt. 25:34-40)

As Apostle Paul said, that we need to examine ourselves; you need to examine yourself if indeed you act the word. You need to put the word into action. Just like David said, “I delight to do your will, O my God, and Your law (word) is within my heart (Ps. 40:8)

Christian edification message

The word is the will of God and is all about love; love for God and love for others. Love for others is not revealed in others unless we obey the word. The evidence of our obedience is seen in acting the word. Acting the word results to the manifestation of the good that others (your neighbor) derive from it. As Christians, if you don’t obey and act the word, you will not be able to show love to others, neither will you be able to bear with others.
The totality of acting the word is to love God and others. Showing your love to others is obedience to the word of God; when you obey the word of God, you have shown your love to the father.
Today, pray for grace, spiritual empowerment and strength to act the word so that you will be able to show your love for others.

By Lawrence Abitogun

Christianedification.org

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About the Author

Lawrence B. Abitogun, called by the special grace of the Almighty God through our Lord Jesus Christ; by the empowerment of the Holy Ghost, witnessing and preaching the gospel to the world, was born to a Christian parents at Uso, Ondo state, Nigeria. He received his elementary and secondary education in Nigeria from 1959-1971. He obtained a Bachelor degree in Fine Arts and a Master of Science in Industrial Arts at North Texas State University, Denton TX USA in 1979 and 1982 respectively.

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