‘Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.’
This, to me, is another powerfully scary passage. Only those who do our Father’s will may enter. I want to be of that few who enter the narrow gate to life, as is written, ‘Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.’
So how will I know?
Someone acutely asked me, how will I know what is my will and what is our Father’s will?
I believe you know by two means, by faith and your heart. If you enter upon anything in good faith and with your heart in it – it is sure to be from our Father.
It is not easy, in worldly terms, to follow this decree. You must leave everything and everyone, if necessary. ‘If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters–yes, even their own life–such a person cannot be my disciple.’ And “take up your cross.” As is written, ‘And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.’
Spiritually, it is quite easy. You are not loaded down with earthly possessions like so many unfortunate souls. And you receive a new, loving family of believers. For Jesus said, when his earthly family came to see him, ‘Pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”‘
So you are loved and never alone. Even if your bodies are separated you are, in spirit, one. No more loneliness. No more fear. No more earthly worries. Just perseverance and peace. It is the hardest and easiest way to live. I can no better explain it than that.
Victor Hugo obscurely explains the unfathomable way of God in a passage from Les Miserables.
“God imparts to men His will visible in events, an obscure text written in a mysterious language. Men at once make themselves translations of it, hasty, incorrect translations, full of errors, gaps, and misunderstandings. Very few minds comprehend the divine language; the more sagacious, the calmer, and the more profound decipher slowly, and when they arrive at their version, the work has been done long before.” – Saint Denis, First Book, Chapter IV
In so many words, in his way, I believe he is reciting a passage from the Book.
‘As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things.’
So, just do good and do not try to understand. As is written, ‘Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.’