Many people ask this question…“What is God’s will?” There are tons of books written on the subject, and an endless amount of sermons, but all you really need to do is look in God’s Word, the Bible for the answer.
In John 6:35-40 (NLT),
Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. But you haven’t believed in me even though you have seen me.
However, those the Father has given me will come to me, and I will never reject them. For I have come down from heaven to do the will of God who sent me, not to do my own will.
And this is the will of God, that I should not lose even one of all those He has given me, but that I should raise them up at the last day.
For it is my Father’s will that all who see His Son and believe in Him should have eternal life. I will raise them up at the last day.”
God’s will is easy to know, He wants every single person to accept and believe in His son Jesus, and to spend all of eternity with Him in Heaven. What an incredible picture of a loving father this is…God loved us so much that He sent His son to earth to create an easy way for us to be reconnected to Him. He does not want to see even one person lost. That is what we, as followers of Jesus, we should be actively looking for ways to reach lost people, who are far from God.
I heard and amazing sermon called “Whatever Whatever” from Stephen Furtick in which he stated it this way…
“The will of God is really very simple…when I walk in His ways, I will always be in His will…When you’re in God’s ways, you’re in His will.”
That is the key!! Walk in God’s ways and you will be in His will. The problem is when we try to do things our way, that is when we stray off course and become lost. The decision is cut and dry, black and white, there is God’s Way and My Way. When I chose the latter, I then have to deal with the consequences.
Jesus came down from Heaven and became a human being to show us God’s will and He walked in His ways, always doing God’s will, not His own, even to the point of death. If Jesus could do that for us, could we not at least extend an invitation to someone to come to church with us, or pray for the people in our lives that we know are far from God, or share with someone our testimony of what God has done in our life? You never know, you may be the only person in their life to share with them about the love of God and the saving power of Jesus Christ.
I will finish this thought from 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NLT),
“Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”
Check out ★ Thought for the Day – Anxious to Do the Will of God? ★ that is a great followup to this post.