My first ever full time job was with a company called Emtec. I was a Service Technician/Salesman on the “termite” side of the pest control business in the OKC metro area. In all honesty, I kinda loved that job. It was hard work and long days, but it was fun to get to meet all sorts of people and spend my day in the dirt with a bunch of bugs (sorry, that’s the southern Creek county raising I had). Something else I often enjoyed was coming up the turnpike to the main office and spending time with the owners and my main supervisor. The technicians in Tulsa were a riot. The main reason is because there were three of them by the name of Will. That made for some interesting conversations and some hilarious moments.
One of those moments happened on a training day. An inspector for the state walked into the shop and without introducing himself asked “Who’s Will?” As we all looked at each other, he followed that question with “Who’s in charge?” We all began to laugh (he was not amused), but we all pointed to one of the owners over in the corner, who’s name was…Will.
Who’s Will? Who’s in charge? Those were two synonymous questions on that day, but according to James 4:15-17 those two questions are synonymous for the believer as well…WHOSE will? and Who is in charge?
“Instead, you should say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” But as it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. So it is sin to know the good and yet not do it.”James 4:15-17
So whose will are you following today? Who is in charge in your life? For the believer, the answer always rolls off of our tongue so easily “Well I am in the Lord’s will.” But notice James’ warning in verse 17, it is sin to know good and yet not do it. We may all claim to be in the Lord’s will, but doing it is a different story.
It’s the difference between looking around at each other and pointing to the man in the corner. Whose will? Who is in charge? We all may be claiming to follow the will of God, but are we committing sin by not doing so. Let’s repent for our lip service and lack of action when it comes to the will of God. And let’s declare together “if the Lord wills, we will do this or that.”
– Pastor DJ