“Are you Truly Committed to the Will of God?”Categories: Christian Living, Encouragement, Joshuah Ellis, Theology
It might be a knee-jerk reaction that would take place if you were to ask a Christian if he is devoted to seeing the will of God carried out in his life. In fact, I can’t think of a single person I know who professes to follow after Jesus who might answer, “no” to that question. However, I wonder if we are as committed to God’s will as we think we are. It’s not my intention to be critical here, or even to suggest that most Christians have it wrong. I do think, however, that maybe we sometimes misunderstand God’s will for our lives and as a result, make the honest, but dangerous, mistake of disregarding it.
The following are a few things we need to know about the will of God for our lives if we are to be true followers of it.
1. God’s will for our lives is not a secret. So often, I here people talking about life decisions as if God has yet to reveal to them what He wants them to do. In all reality though, God, through His Word, has given us complete and perfect revelation with which we are able to make any decision (2 Timothy 3:16-17). There will be no special revelation, no tingling sensation, no ethereal moment during which we will just “know” what God wants from us and for us. There is only His Word.
2. God’s will for our lives is not situational. What the Lord requires of us does not vary from situation to situation. He doesn’t want us to focus on Him in one instant and then focus on ourselves in another. God is the same, always (James 1:17). Solomon wrote the whole duty of man was the fear God and keep His commandments (Ecclesiastes 12:13). Jesus said to seek first God’s kingdom (Matthew 6:33), to love God and your fellow man (Mark 12:30-31), and Paul compared our lives to a race that is to be run straight to Jesus (Hebrews 12:1-2). There are other examples, but the sentiment is the same. Our chief responsibility is to serve and please God regardless of the situation.
3. God’s will for your life might not be what you are currently doing. I know how this sounds, believe me. You are a good person, right. You have a good life and nobody is getting hurt. That, however, is not the standard for living. Maybe you don’t have dead bodies buried in your back yard, but you might not be fulfilling your God-given responsibilities either. Don’t let your comfort level be the determining factor in how you live your life. You might have a good job, healthy family, and financial security. However, if your job and even your family keep you from serving God in any way you are not following His will for your life.
4. God’s will may make us uncomfortable. I can’t imagine Abram was super comfortable when he was commanded by God to leave his homeland (Genesis 12:1). I would imagine his discomfort level went through the proverbial roof when God commanded him to kill his son (Genesis 22:2). Wouldn’t it be foolish of us, then, to think that serving God can only be done within the confines of our comfort zones? Are you willing to move your family, forsake a loved one, deny yourself, take a pay cut, give up what is dear to you, or anything else in order to serve God. If not, you might not be as dedicated to the Lord’s will as you think you are.
5. God’s will always leads you to heaven. It may be hard to follow at times and applying God’s will to your specific circumstances can be confusing. However, if you succeed, and truly submit to the will of the Lord, your reward is secure (Hebrews 10:36).
I hope this helps you as you seek to identify and adhere to God’s will for your life and I pray that you are successful in your perseverance and submission.
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