Knowing God’s Will

I can think of few questions that carry as much weight as Christians inquiring of God about His will for their life. “What does God want me to do?” For most of us the answer comes hard, often with continual seeking, knocking and asking. Here is the problem, we ask this question from the perspective of action, “Lord, what should I do?”

It is not that this is a bad thing but we are a society obsessed with doing. We perceive God values good works of production and accomplishment. I argue there is a deeper calling. Jesus’ disciples wanted to know how to do the works of God. And this is how Jesus replied:

“Spend your energy seeking the eternal life that the Son of Man can give you.”  They replied, “We want to perform God’s works, too. What should we do?” Jesus told them, “This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent.”  Jn. 6:28,29.

The “work” Jesus describes here is simple faith in Jesus. This fundamental act of obedience to God’s will, by believing in Jesus and all He is, never gets old. It is the basis for our relationship with Jesus and our journey of inner transformation where we are developing into who the Lord created us to be. The scripture says:

And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him. Heb. 11:6

A faith that simply believes God exists and sincerely seeks Him, this pleases God, and He rewards those who walk that path with true treasure. Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Gal. 5:22

This kind of treasure is us bearing the image of our Maker.

This is true treasure that flows through us like living water to the lives we touch every day. This kind of faith will produce Godly action that allows us to walk and flow within God’s will.

The Lord doesn’t see things the way we see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Sam. 16:7

The Lord is attentive to the condition of our heart. We all have immeasurable value as His sons and daughters, but what He wants to see develop in our lives is not a long list of accomplishments, but rather a heart that is reflective of His character.

The true desire of God’s heart, concerning His will for each of us, is us being open to Him developing true riches within our heart! He wants a heart full of faith, hope and love that is fully devoted to Him.He gives eternal life to each one you have given him. And this is the way to have eternal life: to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth.  Jn.17:2

God earnestly calls us to know Him and His Son intimately. “To know you, the only true God” is a call to intimate knowledge. I like to think of it as the love that surpasses knowledge. Eph. 3:19 We all know love is a central theme in the scriptures, and this is how we appropriate that into doing God’s will. When we express our faith in love, we receive the righteousness of God.

But we who live by the Spirit eagerly wait to receive by faith the righteousness God has promised to us. For … we place our faith in Christ Jesus… What is important is faith expressing itself in love. Gal. 5:5-6

Love is the primary axiom we base everything on. It is the greatest command. It is the fulfillment of the law. It is the very character of God Himself. It is how we imitate Him.

When we operate out of the transformed lives God desires to work out within us, regardless where we find ourselves, we can be assured we are walking in God’s will. At that point our spiritual senses are more attuned with the intimacy of our Triune God, that we can be attentive at a moment’s notice to respond to the leading of the Holy Spirit, naturally flowing within the will of God.
Be anxious for nothing, rest assured when we seek Him, His kingdom and His righteousness, which includes an intimate relationship with Him, we are in His will. This is how He carries us as we trust in His loving care.
Guest writer this month: Larry Blanc

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