Knowing God’s Will for my life
There are instances that one feels frustrated with all the painful, terrible, and unbearable things happening. And added to these frustrations is that other people around you seem to have figured their life, relationally doing well, enjoying their life, and have everything you’ve ever wanted in life. And you ask that question, “How do I know God’s will for my life? What is God’s will for my life?” Today, I want to share with you the will of God for your life.
The will of God is knowable although not everything is explicitly revealed. But the most important ones that have eternal impact are revealed and understandable, and these are:
1. To know Jesus as life.
John 14:6, “6 Jesus said, “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life. No one can go to the Father except by Me.”
John 17:3, “3 Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.”
· The newness of life begins with Jesus.
· It is God who elects people to salvation. See Eph. 1:4-5.
· People can make the decision to accept Jesus but only after understanding what the Bible has revealed about Him.
· Eternal life starts at the moment we come to know God through the words, life and deeds of Jesus and its fullness is in the afterlife.
· Eternal life is a life of worship (Rom. 12:1) and God-glorifying obedience.
“19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19.
· Jesus is the key to unlocking God’s blessings upon your life.
· It is God’s will to meet our deepest needs in Christ, and for His glory.
· God is glorified when we are contented in Him alone.
After accepting Jesus as your life, the next will of God for you is…
2. To be closely acquainted with God.
“2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2.
· One can’t know God’s will, apart from spending time reading and meditating upon His Word, listening to sermons, and spending time in deep, trusting conversation with Him.
· It takes some time before we can be acquainted with the Lord’s mind and ways. See Isaiah 55:8-9.
· When you get acquainted with God, your mind will be renewed, as your thoughts, feelings and ways will be adjusted to His.
· As God glorified Himself in all things He does, so are we to live for His glory.
· Adjusting one’s thoughts and behaviours with God’s mind and ways would enable one “to test and approve what God’s will is.”
The 3rd will of God for believers…
3. To produce lasting fruit.
“16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 17 This is my command: Love each other.” John 15:16-17.
· Getting close acquaintance with God through Jesus, would always result to developing intense love for God as Jesus enabled us to see the unseen God the Father through His words and deeds.
· Every believer has been chosen to bear lasting fruit – the spread of the gospel.
· God placed us where we are, so we can spread the good news of Jesus.
“9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love.” John 15:9-10.
· Doors of opportunity to share the gospel can be opened as people witnessed how believers show love and care for others.
1 Corinthians 10:33, “33 even as I try to please everyone in every way. For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved.”
· Don’t desire anything in return for doing good, other than that people may know Jesus as their Lord and Savior.