Maria Koch - Doing Part of Faith - Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Convention - 2018

We were singing the will of God is always best. I enjoyed what we heard about faith this morning; I have been thinking about that doing part of faith. We know faith without works is dead, we have to do what faith tells us to do. We cannot say we have faith in God and Jesus died for us, and everything is good, we have to prove it by doing His will.

John 13:15, 17, “For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.” “If ye know these things happy are ye if ye do them.” What example did He give them? This is just after He had washed the feet of the disciples and I do not believe Jesus meant for the disciple to wash each other’s feet in a physical sense. He gave them an example of love and humility and of serving one another. He gave them an example of not showing each other up, He could have said to Peter and John, "This is really what you should have done," and He did not do that but gave them an example of what to do. The more I looked into this subject of doing, I noticed doing the will of God means denying ourselves and loving one another. The love we show to one another, and the love we show to this world proves that we are doing the will of God. Jesus said, "If you know these things, happy are ye if you do them." It is not the knowing or the knowledge, we could know the Bible backward, and we could recite all the verses and if we don’t do it, it will avail us to nothing. We must do the will of God, not just knowing.

I thought of that man in Luke 10, and he came to Jesus with this question, "What must I do to have eternal life?" He realized he had to do something and he realizes that Jesus was the Master and He had that knowledge. He had the knowledge that he must do something, so Jesus said, "You know the commandments," and this was in the old Jewish law, and they had to keep them. This man knew the law, "Love God with all your heart with all your soul and with all your strength and thy neighbor as thyself." Just do it and love God. Then he wanted to justify himself and said, "Who my neighbor is?" Then we read the story that Jesus told him about the Samaritan. A man had fallen among the thieves and had been left half dead, and the priest came, and a Levite came and walked past. Then the Samaritan came, he stopped, and he bound up his wounds and put him on his horse and took him to an inn and took care of them. He was a stranger and did not know him, and he never asked any questions, and he just did what was right. Then at the end, Jesus said, "Who the neighbor of this man was?" "I suppose the one that has shown mercy," and Jesus said to go and do likewise. By showing love and mercy to each other and even to people in this world, we are doing the will of God. We are doing something that shows we have another spirit in us.

Luke tells us in the first chapter of Acts Jesus did and taught. Jesus never taught anything that He was not willing to do Himself. When Jesus said we should love one another and we should love our enemy, He did that. Jesus was doing, and then He was teaching. Maybe God would ask us to do something that isn’t logical, something we have not thought of doing.

I thought of Mary in the second chapter of John’s gospel, and it says that Jesus and His mother and the disciples were asked to a wedding feast. Then there was a lack in the wine and something very unusual; usually, people make good preparations for things like that. Mary noticed that first and she knew Jesus could do something about it. Then she said to Jesus, "We lack wine," Jesus did not react right away and then she turned to the servants and said to them, "Whatever Jesus says, you do it." Did she know that Jesus would ask them to do something that they had not thought of and it was against their logic thinking? Then Jesus asked them to fill the water pots with water and remember they lacked wine. Jesus never said to fill the pots that had before had wine in them, but to fill the water pots. Those water pots were for washing and cleansing and not for drinking, and they did it. They did what Jesus had told them to do, and then there was a blessing, and that was a miracle. If God asked us to do something and it may not seem logical in our thoughts, and He may be testing us to see if we are willing to do what He asks us to do. Perhaps even in these days, God will tell us things and show us things we need to do in our lives, and we should do it without questioning, and then there can be miracles, and there can be the blessings.

I thought of some that didn’t do anything, and maybe they did nothing wrong, but they did nothing at all. Perhaps we may not know what to do, and we do nothing. I thought of the virgins, and the servants and the last judgment in Matthew 25. It seems the five foolish virgins did not do anything. Perhaps they did not do anything wrong, but they did not do anything, and they put things off, and finally, it was too late, and the door was shut. Then the third servant just wrapped up his pound and did not do anything with it, he had kept it, but he had done nothing. He had not lost it but just kept it. When we think of those on the left hand and the right hand of Jesus, and that is how will be in the last judgment. They had visited people, and they had given up their goods, and they are just forgotten their selves. The others on the left hand had not even seen a need, and they hadn’t done what they had been meant to do, and they had just done nothing and they lost out. There was a longing in my heart that I would not just know these things, but do them because we can miss out on our eternal reward we don’t just do anything. When we do them, we can experience the power of God, and we know that God is with us.

Jesus said in John 7:17, “If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of Myself.” If you do what I tell you, you will realize God is speaking, and if we do the will of God, we will have the power of God with us. Doing God’s will gives us power. Power comes when we put the faith into practice.

I was thinking of that very sad verse we read of in Proverbs and not necessarily a bad man. 25:30, 31, “I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding; And lo, it was grown over with thorns and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down.” He was not a bad man, but he was lazy. If we are not diligent in doing the will of God and what happened to this man can happen to us, and there will be poverty in our lives. I labour in Africa, and you often hear the people say, "I have laziness." They do not see it as sickness, and they are not ashamed of it. In our country, if someone considers us lazy, it is shameful. In the spiritual sense, laziness is a sickness and it will lead us to poverty, and it could lead us to miss out on our eternal reward. May God help us to listen to His voice and to listen so we can put His will into practice and God can see that we are not only knowing these things but that we are doing them and then God can give us a blessing. For His Sake.