What Is God’s Will?

Fork-in-the-RoadOver all the years I’ve been a follower of Jesus Christ I often wondered about God’s plan for my life.  What did God want?  What did He want for me?  I became a believer in Christ during my college years and one of the focuses of those years is, “What am I supposed to do with my future?”  If you have a desire to please God in what you do, the inevitable question becomes, “What is God’s will for my life?”  Have you ever asked that?

Most leaders in Christian work have been asked that question hundreds of times.  You might be asking that same question at this very moment.  Why?  God inserts the desire to know and do His will into the heart of every true follower.

Teach me to do Your will, For You are my God; Let Your good Spirit lead me on level ground.     Psalm 143:10

In fact, God commands us to know His will.

So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.       Ephesians 5:17  

The Bible makes it very clear that doing God’s will is extremely important.

The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.       1 John 2:17   

So, I’ve been thinking.  God doesn’t command us to do something and then not tell us what it is to do.  God’s Will is not a hidden thing.  He wants us to know it and clearly tells us what it is.  All we have to do is carefully look.  Therefore, after taking that careful look, I’ve come up with 7 things God wants for your life?  For the sake of space on this blog I’m not going to type out each verse – so I challenge you to take a few minutes and look up these verses and ask the Holy Spirit to speak truth into your heart.  Are you ready?

God’s will for your life is to:

1 – Be a ChristianJohn 6:40.  He paid a high price so we could be saved. Are you absolutely confident you are a true believer?  If not, make sure… today!  It’s important!

2 – Be Spirit FilledEphesians 5:17-18.  If you’re filled, there is no room for anything else.  He wants to fill every corner of your life.  Does He?

3 – Be Sanctified1 Thessalonians 4:3,4,7.  Sanctification means being set aside or separated from the things of the world.  Do you refuse to be separate from things of the world – John 17:15-17?

4 – Be Supportive Citizens1 Peter 2:13-15. Although your real citizenship is in heaven (Philippians 3:20), God wants you to submit to and pray for those in government over us… note that this command is given when the government was unbelieving and malicious toward Christians. Are you focused on the good news of Jesus Christ or on your political preferences?

5 – Be Suffering For Christ – 1 Peter 4:16,19.  When we suffer social embarrassment or personal persecution, is it for being followers of Jesus?  Are you so averse to suffering of any kind that you refuse the will of God in your life?  That’s a hard question. Consider it.

6 – Be Satisfied1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.  For whatever we have, we thank God.   Whatever we have it is enough.  Are these true statements in your life?

7 – Be SurrenderedLuke 22:42.   Are you exercising your Free Will and surrendering your own desires to the plan of God for your life – James 4:13-15?  You decide to follow the Will of God in your life – Psalm 40:8.  You can have confidence in your surrendered prayer – 1 John 5:14.  Even when you don’t know exactly what to pray for, He does – Romans 8:26-28.

So, when you pray or when you plan, surrender to the will of God and ask yourself the following 7 questions.

  1. “Does it bring people to a personal knowledge of Jesus?” “Does it testify to my own Salvation?”
  2. “Does it come from a Spirit-Filled heart?” “Is it Scripturally led and God glorifying?”
  3. “Does it “set us aside” from worldly desires – Sanctify?” Is it without ego and not “want” driven?”
  4. “Is it within the laws of my country, state and city and not politically motivated?”
  5. “If I suffer for it – will the suffering be for doing what’s right, not what’s easy?”
  6. “Will I be satisfied with what God does?” “Is He all I need – Psalm 23:1?”
  7. “Am I surrendered to what He wants, not what I want?” “Am I willing to say, Lord, do whatever You will?”

If the answer to all 7 questions is “yes”, then He takes control.    What can this look like?

God will give you what you need to obey His perfect Will.     

Now the God of peace, who brought up from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep through the blood of the eternal covenant, even Jesus our Lord, equip you in every good thing to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.      Hebrews 13:20–21    

Lastly, the context of the above 7 principles of God’s will is universal and applies to every believer and follower of Christ.  But, the Lord also has a very specific will just for you. All you need to do is put the 7 principles into practice and then move out in the direction you believe He wants you to go… praying, as Christ did, that His will, not yours, be done.  Isn’t it reasonable that completely trusting in an all-powerful God puts all the responsibility on Him to reveal, guide, direct, and work out His plan for you?

‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. ‘Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. ‘You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.     Jeremiah 29:11–13

Think about it…

3 Comments

  • Leo DePaul says:

    Good words, Len. Practical. We swim in a self-centered culture; yet knowing and doing God’s will means dying to self (not easy) and living God-centered with humility and without presumption. And with focus: God’s purpose is redemption and he wants to redeem all. I pray that we can and will join with him with our whole hearts. This time of opportunity may soon pass.

  • WOW…THANKS Len! What a Biblically sound and encouraging answer to one of life’s, & the believer’s, greatest questions.

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