Knowing the Will of God
(And doing it) Part 2
What do I believe and what am I seeking? Continued
I want to close with one final story. I met with Pope John Paul II in 1979. The man I spent most time with was Father Maloney. As I left Rome, Italy to carry the cross on to Assisi I share the following story.
It was a cold, rainy and snowy morning as I arrived to get my cross and say goodbye to Father Maloney. He was a wonderful man. He had arranged my visit with the Pope and interpreted for me in the streets. We had eaten together, prayed together, talked together for many hours. I had said each time that I left him, "I love you," but he had never replied or in any way acknowledged my expression, but seemed to want me around all the time. I put the cross on my shoulder, said a prayer, and said, "Goodbye," and "I love you," then started off.
"Arthur," I heard him say.
"Yes," I stopped and looked back.
"I like you." He walked slowly toward me as he spoke. I am commanded by Christ to love everyone, but I don't like everyone I love. I don't like the way some people curse, or rob or steal or hate or murder. I love them, but I don't like what they do. But I like you. I like to eat with you, I like to talk with you, I like to interpret for you, and I like to pray with you ... you don't even read your prayers. I like you and I love you"
We embraced. What a beautiful man, he taught me so much. How many people say, "Oh, I love God, I love Jesus", but let me ask you, do you like Jesus? Do you like what Jesus says, 'love your enemies, forsake all, seek ye first the kingdom of God'. Do you like how Jesus lived? Do you like the life of Jesus? Do you like to live this life of Jesus? Do you like God? His words, His commandments... His ways? If you really like, it would be much easier for us to live for Him if we like His life. Many people want Christ as Savior, but don't like to live with Him. They don't really like Christ.
"Oh, God. Oh, my Lord Jesus, I love you and I like you!"
God bless you. The next column will deal with Hearing God and Know His Voice. This will be exciting and life changing. I trust that you have found strength and knowledge in the past columns as I have sought to lay the foundation for knowing the Will of God. Some may have wanted me to get right to the point but in a teaching that is this important and the only time I have ever written or taught on this subject it is necessary to say all that has been said. I encourage you to study this column and the first column and prepare yourself for the next column on Knowing the Will of God. In the meantime DO what you now to do.
Look forward to next week! God willing.
Pilgrim followers of Jesus,
Arthur and Denise Blessitt