Sunday, September 5, 2010

Living In God's Will

This question seems to plague good, well-meaning Christians.  The most we ever seem to grasp of this idea is a vague feeling that we are "where God wants us," whatever that means.

The good news is - is you are probably living in God's will right now.  So, what is God's will?  First, let's go with the basics.  1) If we are going to sum up God's law it's "love the Lord God will all of your heart, soul and mind, and love your neighbor as yourself." When we are saved we are then free to love God.  And we know if we run roughshod over the Ten Commandments, that's not doing God's will.   2) We know we are commissioned to share the gospel.

But what do we do?  We are saved to serve our neighbor.  This is our responsibility, dear brother and sister in Christ:  Look at I Thessalonians 4 (which my ESV heads up with 'A Life Pleasing to God') verse 11-12. 
...and to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one...  If you are doing these things, you are living in God's will.  

It's easier than you thought, isn't it?

The above is living in God's will, I'd like to add one more verse about the work of God.  In John 6:28-29 when the people ask Jesus "What must we do, to be doing the works of God?"  Jesus answered them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent."