What exactly is the will of God? Is it for every person to own vast amounts of property, live in mansions and have servants catering to their every want? Is it for every person to have hoards of adoring fans crowding around their doorstep to catch a glimpse of them as they get their paper each morning? Is it for every person to have more money than they know how to spend?
These attributes of your typical celebrity may sound appealing to many people but where is the profit? Is this life really just a time to accumulate riches and store up accolades so that when you die millions tune in as your funeral is broadcast around the world? These things are all the will of man and have little or nothing to do with the will of God.
What then, is the will of God abject poverty and utter isolation with nary a soul to be called a friend? Is the will of God to live in a state of confusion and turmoil? Is the will of God to be sick every day of your life with no hope for getting better? These things are religious excuses and not the expressed will of God. Man if very adept at making the will of God whatever he wants it to be isn’t he?
I believe the Word of God expresses and makes known the will of God. If we want to know the will of God we must first and foremost see what God has said in His Word. Look at John 6:38-40:
"For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.
And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.
And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which sees the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day."
Jesus made it perfectly clear that the will of God is that people believe that Jesus is Lord and receive the gift of eternal life. The all encompassing will of God is clearly laid out in 1 Timothy 2:4 where it says:
"Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth."
God’s will is that all be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth. God’s desire is that no one perish and that everyone is saved from the wrath which is to come. God’s wish is that every person knows Him and comes to the knowledge of the truth. Jesus said that He WAS the Way, the truth and the life—so to know the truth is to know Jesus Christ personally and intimately.
God does not want people to "burn in hell" or spend eternity in a state of torment. Although there will be many who end up in this state, it is not because it is the will of God. Everything God is and does is with the purpose of man being redeemed and thus able to receive the gift of eternal life. All God desires is to dwell with His children for eternity.
Of course there are numerous specific things which constitute God’s will, but the beginning point is to understand that more than anything else, the will of God is for people to be saved and thus have eternal life. Our mission in this life revolves around introducing others to Jesus and then helping them to accept Him as their Lord and Savior. The secondary aspect of our mission in this life is helping believers come to the knowledge of the truth.
If we can keep this simple, we can see that the will of God is not something exotic and reserved for only the holiest of holy men and women. If we can see that first and foremost, the will of God is eternal salvation, then we can begin to understand why we are here and what the will of God is for us once we have been saved.
Far too often we lose sight of this. We keep "demanding" to know God's will when He has already has told us this in His Word. It sort of reminds me of how I will give instructions in class, I will even write them on the board, re-read them and ask if anyone has any questions. No. Everyone knows what to do. A couple of minutes later there is always someone... usually more, who come up to me and ask "What are we supposed to do?" ARGHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I usually point to the board and ask them to read it. After reading it they usually get a knowing look in their eyes, nod their head and say, "Oh... now I get it!"
We need to read THE BOOK!
Dear B2Y--Good morning! Excellent blog. I remember the day when I was lamenting that I couldn't know the will of God for me. I was listening to some contemporary Christian music when a song came on my stero titled "Micah 6:8."
It says, "He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?"
Those are the generalities--the basics. I believe it's only when I show myself committed to them that God will become more specific in disclosing His will for me personally. What do you think? YBIC--Ron