1 John 2:17 – And the world passes away, and its desires; but he who does the will of God abides forever.
From Matthew 7:21 to 1 John 4:17, we hear the cry of the Spirit of God warning all men how only those who do the will of the Father will remain. The world and its desires are only temporary. The world system, that is opposed to the will of God and the Kingdom of God, will be utterly destroyed. The god of this world has already been judged, and one day his rule will come to an end and his influence will cease to exist forever (John 12:31, Colossians 2:15, Ephesians 2:2, Revelation 20:10,14). There is only one thing right now in the world of men that will endure forever and that is the Word of God (1 Peter 1:23-25; Psalms 119:89; Isaiah 40:8; Luke 16:17). The Psalmist said, “the law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The statues of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandments of the Lord are pure, enlightening the eyes. More to be desired are they than gold, yes than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover, by them is your servant warned and in keeping of them there is great reward” (Psalms 19:7-11).
Doing the will of the Father has many blessings associated with it. Obeying God converts the soul, makes the simple man wise, causes the heart to rejoice, brings enlightenment and more benefits than can be numbered (Psalms 103:2, 68:19; Philippians 4:19). In reality, doing the will of the Father leads us to the greatest treasure that can be found – life forevermore. The reward of doing His will is not only eternal life, but abundant life. God created life, and He alone knows how it works. Just as there is a consequence for breaking the natural laws governing the Earth, there is a consequence for breaking the spiritual laws governing the Earth. If we want to walk in the abundance of blessings, then we will obey the spiritual laws; and consequently, we will reap an abundant life lasting forever. If we sow to the flesh, we shall reap corruption; but if we sow to the that which belongs to God and give ourselves to being taught of the Holy Spirit, we will reap life for evermore (Galatians 6:7-8; Job 4:8; Proverbs 1:31, 11:18; Psalms 1; and 1 Corinthians 6:9; Ephesians 5:6; Romans 8:2; Hosea 10:12).
Pastor Mark Spitsbergen