Prayerful Thoughts on Willingness

What is willingness? It is a quality of both heart and attitude. This being true, it is imperative that we know where we are putting our heart and with what we are aligning our attitude.

Jesus spoke plainly when he said, “where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Matt. 6: 21).

What is our treasure? What is it that we love more than anything? If we are following Jesus’ example, we are loving God, and trusting in God in all ways and all things and all events.

Regardless of the severity of the challenges, wrongs, and injustices that Jesus encountered, he, with humble consecration, always turned to his Father, God. Consider his great statement, spoken in the face of severe threat and apparent danger, “not my will, but thine, be done” (Luke 22:42). He could not love God without completely trusting in God’s illimitable law of intelligence and good.

Can we take a similar stand? Do we love God enough to yield all human thought, ambition, control, motive, and desire, to God’s directing? This surely must be our daily goal.

We cannot love God without trusting in God. Therefore, looking to human reasoning or human experience, manipulating or planning based on mortal sense, steals away our love for God and trust in His infinite law of Principle. Trusting matter or material sense will never reveal spiritual identity and God’s presence. But trusting God to lead and protect His work, and His lambs in every engagement, does reveal our at-one-ness with Him, the One who is divine Love.

Do we begin each morning with Jesus’ perspective, “Not my will, but Thine, be done this day?” In every encounter and work we can ever be doing, God’s law of divine good is greater than any sense of human intelligence or management. As we move about our lives our love for God should be great enough to yield every ounce of human intelligence or control of events to Love’s boundless embrace. As we, with open hearts, embrace our high treasure, God’s law of good will overflow to all His cherished ideas, God’s law of good will bless and benefit every individual and every activity or work in which we are engaged.

As we love God enough to trust the leading of divine Principle, no mishap or misdirection can possibly deter the outpouring of good in every heart. Our willingness to listen and follow Love’s guiding and directing will prove again the Scriptural promise, “prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it” (Mal. 3:10).