We have been talking about the process of finding God’s will. A lot has been covered in previous posts and I encourage you to go back and review them if you are just joining us in this study.
We’ve seen that God had the plan for our lives written in His book before we were born. This does not mean He will control our lives and it also does not mean that we will walk in that plan. Each one of us has a freewill and are responsible to pursue what God has planned for us.
“I know that I’ve messed up and not followed the plan of God so is there hope?”
We studied the lives of Saul and David. Saul was God’s plan for Israel. He sinned and his lack of repentance led to David. David was not God’s primary choice but became the one whose bloodline includes Jesus.
Many of us have messed up and missed the plan of God. It is not too late. If we will repent and turn to God, He will lead us back onto the path for which we were created. We’ll find that God’s plan B is much better than any plan we could have put together in our efforts.
As we move forward it is important for us to realize that we often miss the plan and purpose of God due to a lack of preparation to receive it. If we are not seeking God and studying the Bible consistently the ground of our heart will not be prepared to receive God’s plan.
The time of preparation is vital to our being able to step into what God has planned for us. God doesn’t want to speak to us and show us His purposes until we are ready to receive them.
There are people who have mistakenly rebuked God when He revealed His plan to them. They could not picture themselves doing what He was calling them to do as a result of their not being grounded in His Word.
That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
It will take patience to enter into the plan of God. There are steps that must be taken to enter into His will. Impatience is a disease affecting our society and it many Christians seem to be infected by it.
God is not able to show us His entire plan at one. He will point us in the right direction but must also lead us through a process of growth so that we will be able to receive what He has planned.
It takes patience to stay the course and allow time for us to grow in the things of God. He is not hesitant to show us His complete plan but will not do so if we are not ready to enter into it.
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Paul tells us that we will prove the will of God by presenting our bodies a living sacrifice and renewing our minds. The word prove can be defined as something made manifest to our five physical senses.
Many seek the will of God. Paul provides us the key to finding it in these two verses. We must present our bodies and we must renew our minds with the Word of God. This will require effort but will lead to us discovering what is that “good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God”.
God’s will is for us to first become living sacrifices. If He can get us to this point, everything else will become secondary.
“Am I supposed to be a carpenter, doctor, or businessman?”
This is the wrong question. We must begin with the question of whether we have paid the price to become a living sacrifice. The reason is that God does not want our service more than He desires us. We were saved to experience a relationship with Him. Far too many Christians have settled with a life of service in their churches and never moved on into a relationship.
God loves us much more than He loves what we can do for Him. The church I attend is all about service. There is nothing wrong with serving in church but Christianity is so much more. I’ve met many people who serve on multiple teams. They are actively serving but lack a depth of relationship.
God is more concerned with us than He is with what we do for Him. This is a revelation sorely missing in the Church today.
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