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Sounds Incredible!

Not to do My Own Will, but to do the Will of the One who sent Me (John 6:38) The Commemoration of the All Faithful

It sounds incredible, but it really happened:

A man walks into a doctor’s waiting room. He has an appointment. What he sees takes him by surprise. All the other patients in the waiting room are sitting in their underwear. After a brief time of surveying the strange situation, the man slowly removes his outer garments, neatly places them next to the other patients’ clothing, and then takes a seat.

It sounds incredible, but the following also really happened:

A man enters an elevator. He seems a little confused to see that all the other passengers are facing the back wall, even though there is no door at the back of the elevator -- just a wall. After a moment’s hesitation, the man does exactly what the others are doing: he faces the back wall.

These were two episodes shown in the popular TV series of the 60’s and 70’s: “Candid Camera.” The show was meant to produce laughs by secretly filming the reactions of unsuspecting “victims” to bizarre situations. But beyond the humor, the “Candid Camera” show was a devastating commentary on our willingness to conform.

How quickly and easily we model ourselves after the behavior of the world around us! How readily and willingly we conform to other people's standards! How meekly and obediently we respond to the sales pitches telling us to buy this or that and life will be beautiful! And, regrettably, how stubbornly and arrogantly we resist the Gospel Truth that nothing short of conforming to God's Will can transform our lives into things of beauty.

"I have come from Heaven, not to do My Will but to do the Will of the One who sent Me," says the Lord.

The Creator God who sent Jesus down from Heaven is the same Creator God who brought us into being. We're here on earth because God wants us to be here. And that's incredible -- incredibly Good News!

Like Jesus, we're here not to do our will but to do the Will of the One who sent us! We're here, as the Apostle John tells us, to obey God's commands ...

"To love," John has written, [...]

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