For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.
Knowing God’s Will
We should want to know the will of God so that we can turn our will over and take up His will for our life; at least that is what I hope for you. But sometimes we look for God’s hidden will while ignoring His revealed will. You can know God’s will for much of your life because it’s in the Word of God. For example, Paul writes that God’s will is that our minds be transformed by the renewing of it by the Spirit of God so that we can test and discern what God’s will is for our lives (Rom. 12:2). Jesus says that whoever does God’s will is His brother and sister (Mark 3:35), so doing God’s will is a knowable and doable thing.
Doing God’s Will
God will never reveal more of His will for your life until you do what is already revealed as the will of God in the Bible. For example, Peter tells us that living in obedience to those who are in authority is the will of God and silences those who will try to falsely accuse us (1 Pet. 2:13-15). Furthermore, we clearly know that abstaining from sexual immorality is God’s will because we should be living a sanctified life (1 Thess. 4:13) and not yielding our life to sinful activities but as instruments of righteousness (Rom. 6:13). Jesus faced a horrendous task at Calvary yet desired to do God’s will even over His own (Matt. 26:39), and sometimes this is highly difficult.
Choosing God’s Will
Life is full of choices and consequences of those choices. We do know that whoever it is that does the will of God has eternal life (1 John 2:17), but whoever doesn’t has no assurance of their salvation. Jesus came down from heaven to give His life as a ransom for sinners (Mark 10:45; 1 Tim. 2:6) and to do what the will of the Father was, not to seek His own will or pleasure in life (John 6:38). Seeking the King of the kingdom is the will of God (Matt. 6:33). Living a life free from sin, at least as much as we possibly can, and doing the revealed will of God, which we can find in the Bible, is His will. God will never reveal any more of His will for your life until you do the revealed will of God, which is clearly available in the Word of God. Do you, like I, have any real reservations about turning your will over to God? Wouldn’t you want His will over your own, knowing that it’s the best for you anyway?
A Closing Prayer
Father God, how many times have I chosen my own will over Your perfect will? Too many times to count I am sure. So please forgive me for my disobedience and give me discernment to know Your will so that I can choose it over my own, and in Jesus’ great name I pray
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