WE DO HIS WILL
“Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2b.
Have you ever wondered whether you can be sure you are doing God’s will? The problem is that we think that God’s will has more to do with where we live, what career we follow, or who we marry rather than who we are and how we behave.
These things are important but far more important is the way we are growing and maturing as God’s children so that we can be reflections of Him in a sinful world and bring His kingdom into the places where we live and work.
Paul has already told us how we should respond to God’s mercy. We should live every day of our lives as living sacrifices, allowing Him to be in charge of our minds and our lives. Instead of being stubborn and self-willed, we are to live in submission and obedience to Him. We are to fill our minds with His word so that it will be like a light to us, showing us the way to live in the darkness of the sin all around us.
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” Psalm 119:105.
By filling our minds with God’s word and doing what it tells us, we will be kept from destroying ourselves with the sinful practices of the world.
“How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word.” Psalm 119:9.
Then, said Paul, you will know what God’s will is, and you will find His will to be good, pleasing and perfect.
But does God ever tell us what His will for us is? Yes He does.
- It is God’s will for us to be joyful…
“Be joyful always…” 1 Thessalonians 5:16.
He doesn’t tell is to be happy always. Happiness is the outcome of doing the right thing. Being joyful means rejoicing in the Lord, not in our circumstances. We can be joyful in the worst of circumstances as long as we always keep in mind that God’s in charge.
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again; rejoice!” Philippians 4:4.
- It is God’s will that we pray continually…
“Pray continually…” 1 Thessalonians 5:17.
“That’s impossible!” you might say. “How can I pray all the time when I have other things to do?”
Praying isn’t about telling God what to do or asking for things. It’s about changing your awareness. God wants you to be aware that He is there – with you and in you all the time. Self-awareness makes us feel down when we are in trouble or when we are in difficult circumstances or need help. When we learn to be aware of God more that of ourselves, everything looks different. Problems and troubles are not mountains because God is there.
- It is God’s will that we are thankful…
“Give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18.
When we are continually thankful to God, we will keep our confidence in Him strong and healthy. Grumbling and complaining cancel out trust and make God angry.
We don’t have to thank God for bad things but we can always find something to be thankful for in the worst of circumstances. When we are thankful, God works everything for our good.
- It is God’s will that we be sanctified…
“It is God’s will that you should be sanctified…” 1 Thessalonians 4:3.
What does that mean? God wants us all to be separated from sin because He hates sin and will have nothing to do with it.
When your child plays in the mud, you don’t pick him up and hug him. You wash him first and dress him in clean clothes before you hug him. God does not want us to become filthy by playing in the “mud” of sin.
“What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said:
“Therefore come out from them and be separate,” says the Lord.
“Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you. I will be a Father to you and you will be my sons and daughters,” says the Lord Almighty.”
“Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.” 2 Corinthians 6:15b-7:1.
The Bible is full of directions from God about what He wants us to do and how He wants us to live. The above are only a few samples to show us that God’s will is about refining our characters, not about who we marry and where we live. These are important but they will fall into place as we learn to do His will as it has been revealed to us in His word.
“Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children, and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” Ephesians 5:1.