Tuesday, 15 December 2009
Sunday, 6 December 2009
Why Would You Bother about God's Will?
What is your motivation to know God's Will? Why would you bother?
"This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him (1 JOHN 5:14-15)."
Who doesn't want to get whatever he asks? So, when you know what God's Will is, you will have whatever you ask; it's a good motivation, isn't it?!
For me this is enough to decide living according to the Will of God.
"The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever (1 John 2:17)."
While knowing everything passes away, the only way to have eternal life is to do God's Will . How can you do God's Will if you don't know it?
Eternal life has no meaning without knowing everything else perishes and passes away.
Jesus said: "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven (Matthew 7:21)."
When you know what Will of God is and you do it; you do enter the Kingdom of Heaven according to this verse. I am not sure what Christ meant by Kingdom of Heaven though. Understanding would make this a motivation.
Jesus said: "For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother (Matthew 12:50)."
People who love Jesus, would love to be considered Jesus's brother and family indeed. So this would be another potential motivation.
"You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised (Hebrews 10:36)."
Another motivation to know and do God's will is that you would receive what God has promised to you. What are God's promises to you anyway?...
What is God's Will for Your Life Anyway?
If you say "I don't know what is God's Will", you are probably right because you might not know but Bible knows!
Let's see how much we can understand God's Will for our lives from Bible...
"Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen (Galatians 1:3-5)".
God's will for our life is that we are rescued! We are rescued from evil of the present age and sins of this world. That has been prepared by God sending Jesus to this world to save the world from sins. Why? What is the problem with sins and evil anyway? ...
"For my Father's will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day (John 6:40)."
So, another aspect of God's Will for us is to have eternal life through believing in Christ Jesus.
Everything in this world will passes away and only those who believe in Christ will have eternal life according to Bible. What does this belief mean? What does it want from us? ...
"It is God's will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable (1 Thessalonians 4:3-4).
So God's Will for you is that you
- Should be sanctified
- Should learn to control your body in a way that is holy and honorable
- Should avoid sexual immorality
"Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)."
- Be joyful always
- Pray continually
- Give thanks in all circumstances
"Do not conform any longer 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).
This verse says that in order to test and approve God's Will, we should be renewing our mind. God's Will is different from pattern of this world! I am not sure what this means. Renewing our mind from what to what?
Does this mean that God's Will is always good, pleasing and perfect or only when we renew our mind we will approve God's Will as good, ...?
"For it is God's will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men (1 Peter 2:15 )."
So doing good is another God's Will. What is Good anyway? Good in our eyes or in the eyes of God, as they might differ sometimes?
Who are foolish men that talk ignorant? They should be silenced not by sword but by good doing.
Good thoughts, Good words and good deeds.
"It is better, if it is God's will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit (1 Peter 3:17-18)."
Peter says that sometimes you might suffer for doing good as long as you are sure what you're doing is God's Will. This suffer is better than doing evil.
Well, this seems to be very challenging and hard to practice. Doing what is good in the eyes of God even if we suffer? sounds weird, hmm...
For instance, Jesus suffered and got crucified so that whoever believes in him is saved (God's Will). What about in our lives?