Wednesday, April 16, 2008

What is God's will for my life?

This is a common question or thought among anyone who is trying to live a life that honors God. Our heart thinks one thing, our mind gets analytical and reasons out another thing. There are so many choices to be made and so many opportunities in life. So how are we supposed to figure out what God's will is in all that?

Thank God we can find directions in the Word! Paul heard this same question from the people in the church in Thessolonica. As he and Sylvanus and Timothy crafted a letter to them, under the inspiration of God he penned these words:

"Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men. See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men. Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." 1 Thes 5:14-18

Sometimes we get things out of order when we are zealous for Christ. We think we should be doing work across the sea as a missionary or that we have to be a preaching machine to everyone we come across, or else we are missing God's will for our lives. Don't misunderstand, some will become evangelists or preachers. And maybe you will become one of them.

But what I am reading here is we all have the opportunity daily to be in God's will, just as we are. Isn't that great news? God sees your submission to His will in the way you treat Him and the way you treat your neighbor. It is not about a title or a position, it is about a matter of your day-to-day walk with Him and letting that example spill over into the lives of those around you.

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