Have someone ever said to you: "I want the very best thing for you in your life?" The sentiment is strong. However I submit to you that in order to experience the best things in life we must walk in the will of GOD.
Knowing and doing the will of God is inseparable from our existence. What is even more challenging is how to discover His will in light of the challenges and complexities that life consistently presents in our personal, public and private relationships. In addition to discovering the will of God, a further question begs: How do I do the will of God in view of my flesh and its weaknesses as well as the wooing of the world which attempts to seduce our hearts away from our Savior?
The start of our journey must begin with an attitude adjustment. We must clear the misconception all too common in the Christian circles that finding the will of God is a miserable process. The will of God is not grievous, hard or oppressive. According to the Scriptures, His will is good, acceptable and perfect.
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Romans 12:2 (KJV, emphasis mine)
“By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.” 1 John 5:2-3 (KJV, emphasis mine)
In order to walk in the will of God for your life you must embrace three essential elements: passion, perception and persistence. For this week’s blog, we will focus on being passionate to do God’s will.
Passion. Passion for the will of God is seen in a pattern exemplified by a perfect person, the Lord Jesus Christ. Hear the passion in the heart of the Lord:
“I always do the things that please my father” John 8:29b (KJV)
“I delight to do thy will, O my God” Psalm 40:8 (KJV)
“Not my will but thine be done” Luke 22:42 (KJV).
To know God’s will, I must examine my motives and ask myself: What is the deepest desire in my heart?
“And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13 (KJV)
When we are passionate about knowing the Lord, He will be gracious to reveal His will to us.
A passion to do the will of the Lord will be punctuated by two attitudes:
- Maintaining an appropriate vision of the risen Savior (Acts 9:6)
- An attitude of surrender to do His will (Romans 12:1-2).
Knowing the will of the Lord is paramount. However, we must also have an attitude that reflects the Lord Jesus Christ in our willingness to maintain a heart of surrender to do the will of the Lord.
Join me again next week when we discuss the perception of God’s will and the necessary persistence to walk in His will.
For the Glory of God,