What's God's Will Anyway?

What's God's Will Anyway?

Welcome to Part 3 in this week's blog series on The Will of God. If you don't know God's Will for your life or don't even know that He has one, this week's blog series is for you. For Part 2, "Understanding God's Will" click here.

Ephesians 2:10 (AMP) - For we are God's [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].

There are specific good works and specific paths assigned to each of us. God doesn't force us to do those good works or take those paths but we should. God lays out His Will for us but if we don't want what He has to offer the devil will gladly lay out some alternatives. Both sets of options have eternal consequences so choose wisely.

According to Ephesians 2:10 God's Will was planned beforehand and prepared ahead of time. Therefore, people cannot create their own purpose. They can only discover the purpose God already has for them. That's why we said yesterday in "Understanding God's Will" you can't copy anyone else and you have to renew your mind in order to discern God's Will for you.

Here's a simple example.

Jeremiah 1:4-10(KJV) - Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying: 5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” 6 Then said I: “Ah, Lord God! Behold, I cannot speak, for I am a youth.” 7 But the Lord said to me: “Do not say, ‘I am a youth,’ For you shall go to all to whom I send you, And whatever I command you, you shall speak. 8 Do not be afraid of their faces, For I am with you to deliver you,” says the Lord. 9 Then the Lord put forth His hand and touched my mouth, and the Lord said to me: “Behold, I have put My words in your mouth. 10 See, I have this day set you over the nations and over the kingdoms, To root out and to pull down, To destroy and to throw down, To build and to plant.”

Jeremiah didn't choose to be a prophet because it looked like an awesome job. He also didn't see the need for prophets and voluntarily rose to the occasion. Even though that sounds noble it's not how God's Kingdom works. Maybe in the world you can do whatever you like or whatever you think is important. However, God puts people in positions to fill specific needs in His Kingdom. He saw the need for Jeremiah to speak the truth to the people of Judah so that's why he was born. So when God was ready for him, God called him into the ministry.

Romans 11:29 (AMP) - For God's gifts and His call are irrevocable. [He never withdraws them when once they are given, and He does not change His mind about those to whom He gives His grace or to whom He sends His call.]

Here's one major step to discovering God's Will for your life. God has already given you all of the tools you need to carry out whatever He has called you to do. Whenever you feel inadequate just recall Romans 11:29. God doesn't ask you to do something you cannot do. He may ask you to do something challenging or even improbable but without question you can do it. Also remember that He does not change His mind so resistance is futile.

Let's make this practical. What has God given you the ability to do well? What are your natural gifts or talents? If you already know what they are you have an advantage. God didn't give you those talents for nothing. Every gift from The Lord is connected to His call on your life. Even if you don't understand the connection at least you know now that it exists.

I'm also not talking about discovering your skills so you can select which kind of career you should be pursuing. It's much bigger than that. What are you doing to build God's Kingdom on this earth? That's what will matter for eternity. Not how much money you make or how successful you are in your earthly pursuits. What did you do for God and not just for you?

1 Peter 4:10-11(AMP) - As each of you has received a gift (a particular spiritual talent, a gracious divine endowment), employ it for one another as [befits] good trustees of God’s many-sided grace [faithful stewards of the extremely diverse powers and gifts granted to Christians by unmerited favor]. 11 Whoever speaks, [let him do it as one who utters] oracles of God; whoever renders service, [let him do it] as with the strength which God furnishes abundantly, so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ (the Messiah). To Him be the glory and dominion forever and ever (through endless ages). Amen (so be it).

I can use my own life as an example. As a young boy I had the unusual ability to speak well before crowds, write essays and influence people. So much so that as a high school student I was class president, did comedy on a local radio station and was the master of ceremonies at concert events. I also won several national essay competitions and was a freelance writer for a local newspaper.

It eventually became obvious to me that God called me to speak, write and influence people for His Kingdom. Even though I am yet to discover the fullness of all He has planned for me at the very least I know I'm going in the right direction.

Now it's your turn. Look back over your life and see where God has equipped you. There's a need on this earth that you are specifically designed to fill. If you can just renew your mind to match God's Word like we said yesterday you will be able to see where He wants you to fit.

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