Searching for God’s Will? It can be found…

Have you ever wondered what your purpose in life is? Have you ever wrestled with why you exist? Why you were created? What is the point of it all? Our purpose as Christians is to do the “will of God”, but what does that mean? For me, it has felt elusive and mysterious most of the time. Fortunately, God has explained it in His Word, the Bible. There are seven distinct points that illuminate His Will for us. Here they are, as pointed out by John MacArthur in his booklet, “Found: God’s Will”. According to Dr. MacArthur and his examination of Scripture, God’s Will for us is that we are:

  1. Saved–as in putting our trust in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. John 3:16 is this “Good News” in a nutshell: “For God so loved the world that he gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” The Bible tells us that we have all sinned and, as a result, deserve judgment and eternal damnation. But Jesus Christ took the punishment for our sin so that we could have eternal life with Him instead. The part about it being part of God’s Will is explained in two verses. 1 Timothy 2:4 says “[God] desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” In 2 Peter 3:9, it says “[God] is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.” So, step 1 in finding God’s Will is to be saved. (PS–if you have any questions about this, please contact me. I would be honored to talk with you more.)
  2. Spirit-Filled–The apostle Paul tell us in Ephesians 5:17-18 to “understand what the will of the Lord is and not be drunk on wine…but be filled with the Spirit.” At that time, in his culture, people were misled into thinking that being drunk created an opportunity to be closer to God (actually, this type of thinking may still be prevalent today). Paul refutes that by telling them that being filled with the Holy Spirit is the true way to commune with God. This is a broad and deep topic, but the simple summary is that being filled with the Spirit “involves confession of sin, surrender of will, intellect, body, time, talent, possessions, and desires. It requires the death of selfishness and the slaying of self-will.” (MacArthur New Testament Commentary, Ephesians, p.251)
  3. Sanctified–As Christians, we are to be sanctified, which means “set apart.” 1 Thessalonians 4:3-6 lays this out very clearly: “For this is the will of God, your sanctification.” And then Paul goes on to list four characteristics of being “set apart”:
    1. Stay away from sexual sin (v.3)
    2. self-control (v.4)
    3. don’t act like godless pagans (v.5)
    4. don’t take advantage of others (v.6)

I’ll stop there for now. That’s enough to meditate on for the next few days. If you would like to dialogue about any or all of these, please feel free to share your comments below, or contact me personally. And please know that I am not perfect. And I am not trying to be a judge and jury. I am a sinner, just like everyone else. But I have placed my faith in Jesus Christ for my eternal salvation. And for that reason, I know what the future holds for me because I know who holds my future. Which makes my pillow very soft at night. Who or what is YOUR faith in for YOUR eternal salvation? I encourage and challenge you to examine your faith and the object of that faith.

For your advantage,

Brian

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