Who is the greatest saint in the World?
According to WIlliam Law it is, “It is not he who prays most or fasts most; it is not he who gives most alms or is most eminent for temperance, chastity, or justice; but it is he [or she!] who is always thankful to God, who wills everything that God wills, who receives everything as an instance of God’s goodness and has a heart always ready to praise God for it.”
What is your will? Without getting too philosophical, your will is your heart or spirit. It is what you decide upon and what determines your actions. It is what you choose to do and how you choose to live. How does our will change in God’s presence?
“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you.” -Ezekiel 36:26
Jesus said that “The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him.” (John 8:29)
Paul wrote, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” –Galatians 2:20 (check out the Message version here)
Are you able to “will everything that god wills”? Are you able to pray “Thy will be done”? Are you able to do what pleases God, not out of fear but out of worship and thankfulness? Are you able to say that “I no longer live, but Christ lives in me”?
When we seek and find and rest in God’s presence, when we stop conforming to the pattern of this world, when we let God renew our minds and transform our hearts, then we “will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2)
We find that God’s presence changes us. We find that doing what is right becomes natural. It becomes the obvious thing to do.