3 Keys To Understanding God's Will

I can probably tell you recent times where I’ve literally racked my head over understanding what does God exactly want me to do.  What is my purpose or more specific, what is God’s thought on my purpose?  I think I probably spend more time thinking on this than other things.  I honestly just want to get it right so that when my day comes, I can say God your will was my only priority.

So I got to digging, gathered some scripture and found some resources that helped me to better understand God’s will and I feel extra lazy.  It’s literally been sitting in scripture looking at me this whole time.  So, what is God’s will for our life you ask?

1.     Romans 12:1 “Therefore I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is true and proper worship.” (NIV)

God’s will for our life is pretty much laid out in this verse.  God’s will is for us to:

a.     Present our body as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God

b.     Reject the ways of the world and transform ourselves to holiness

c.     Renew our minds, focusing on the things that are true and proper; good and acceptable in the eyes of the Lord. 

So much is packed within that line of scripture but God couldn’t be anymore clear.  He laid out the formula for truly understanding what his will is for us while we are on Earth.  

2.     Okay, I understand what I’m to do now but God what about my future?

Matthew 6:34 “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (NIV) Oh I know how hard this one is for some of us.  I have a big finger pointed right back on me.  On a given day my mind can be so far ahead, worrying about things years to come and then I look at my life and think “Why would you add more stress when today is already trouble enough?” 

Truth is, we don’t need to know many details about our future.  We just need to know what God wants for us now.  If God is the grand orchestrator he has already taken care of today, tomorrow, two Fridays from now, and far beyond what we see, why won’t he take us where he wants us to be?  God will put us where he desires.  We’d be better off dropping that worrisome burden and understanding God is in control of it all.  Drop it!

3.     God, am I meant to do anything special?

Matthew 22:37 “Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”  (NIV)  The greatest thing Jesus tells all followers to do is to love the Lord with all of our being.  This is followed up with Ephesians 2:10 where Paul states “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do Good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (NIV) 

If you follow these commandments, which are stated to be the greatest and open your heart to following God’s will, God will direct your footsteps to being special as he sees fit.  It all starts with loving the Lord with everything you have and serving the Lord, constantly striving to be like Jesus.

My biggest hang up with understanding God’s will was to never open the bible and study what I needed to study.  Yes, prayer can get you so far but the bible literally had a blueprint that I didn’t know about.  God’s will is clear family!

Call To Action

Delve into the scripture listed above and understand what God tells us about his will for our life.  Romans 12:1 is the foundation for any future thing God has planned.  Commit to presenting your body as a living sacrifice; reject the ways of the world and transform to holiness; and renew your mind, focusing on God!

Prayer: Father, I’ve searched so long to do your will and that’s all I want for my life.  Help me to embody Romans 12:1; remind me I’m carrying unwanted burdens by daily practice of Matthew 6:34; and help me to constantly remind you of my undying love for you and my commitment to being Christ like.  God, help me to embody your will and follow the path you lay before me.  Just light the path and I will walk.  In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

Written By: Charles Carter

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