God’s Will. Yes? No?

God’s will is something that every true Christ-follower is extremely interested in. Many find it as mysterious as the Holy Grail (and just as allusive). Others think that only through agonizing will God reluctantly reveal His will to them. But God’s will is not something mysterious, nor is God reluctant to reveal His will. John 7:17  “If anyone chooses to do God’s will, he will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own.”

But I have found that the difficulty in knowing God’s will is often within ourselves, not with God. Often, we want God to reveal His will for us before  we decide if we will obey. Unfortunately, the Kingdom of God does not operate this way. Obedience must come before revelation. When God wanted to reveal His will to the Apostle Peter in regard to the Gentiles receiving the Gospel, He did so through a dream (vision?). Acts 10:9-15 God commanded Peter to kill and eat animals that every orthodox Jew considered “unclean.” Peter replied to God, ““No, Lord,” Peter declared. “I have never eaten anything that our Jewish laws have declared impure and unclean.” 

You cannot use NO and Lord in the same sentence. Saying NO to the will of God is not an option. God is responsible to reveal His will and our responsibility is to obey. So, if you are trying to find His will for your life, you must decide that you are willing to obey even before you know what that will is.

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The Way Up is Down

ladder2In an earlier post, Keeping Score, we talked how people keep score. But in the game of life, we need to know how God is keeping ‘score.’ How do we know if we are growing spiritually in our lives? You may think this verse is over simplistic but here is the way God keeps score. “Those whom God had already chosen he also set apart to become like his Son...” [Romans 8:29] God’s ultimate will and goal for all Christ followers is that we become more like Jesus Christ, His Son.

People are obsessed with climbing the ladder of success. Jesus, who was already at the top of the organizational chart of the universe, gave up his rights to become a servant. Philippians 2:5-7The problem with spending your life climbing up the ladder is that you go right past Jesus, for he’s coming down

God’s Word often teaches truth that does not make sense to the world. I Cor. 1:27 God wants us to know that the way up is down. “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” Luke 14:11 I am afraid we often look at people and classify them as failures, while God sees honor. The moment Jesus looked like a failure in the world’s scoring system was His moment of greatest triumph in the eyes of the Father. Therefore God raised him to the highest place and gave him the name above every name; Philippians 2:9

Remember, God’s way up is down.

Do What He Says

“Then Pharaoh said to all the Egyptians, “Go to Joseph; whatever he says to you, do.” Genesis 41:55

During a national crisis, Joseph knew what to do, and everyone looked to him for answers. When the people cried to Pharaoh, he simply replied, “Go to Joseph, whatever he says to you, do.” In John 2, the wedding party in Cana faced a similar crisis—though far less serious. They ran out of wine during their festivities. Mary the mother of Jesus took things in hand. Speaking of her Son, she echoed the words of Pharaoh: “Whatever He says to you, do” (John 2:5).

We all face shortages at one time or another. It might be lack of funds, lack of energy, lack of answers, or lack of wisdom. When problems come, we must refocus on our Lord Jesus Christ. We must go to Him. Whatever He says, do it. He will meet the need.