Understanding the will of God for your life
by naomi Cassata 10/13/2007 / Devotionals
One of the biggest mysteries for a Christian is knowing the will of God for their life. Since I was a teenager, I've always prayed that God's will to be done in my life. I desperately wanted my future plans to center around him and hoped that I would fall into the plan God had for me. When we are young, we are all too eager to try and work out plans for our future. We tend to put timelines on when everything should fall into place marriage, children, jobs, school, retirement and so on. But when it comes to the will of God, I don't believe we can place that so loosely into our timeline, especially when we are not quite sure what it is.
Lately this subject has been magnified in my own mind. Am I really where God wants me? Am I using my gifts for His glory? Am I living a life that is pleasing to Him? These are questions that we all ask ourselves from time to time. When life is said and done and we look back at our lives, will we have any regrets?
Wanting to fulfill the will of God and finding the will of God are two different things. Recently, while pondering this question, I came across a key scripture. If we truly want to find His will for our lives we must purify ourselves. Romans 12:1 offer your bodies as living sacrifices holy and pleasing to God-this is your spiritual act of worship We must separate ourselves from the ways of the world, meaning the worldliness that is so enticing to our souls. It's not only separating ourselves, but it also requires seeking after holiness and living a life of pureness. I once heard a pastor say, "God's will for our lives isn't to make us happy, but to make us holy." How true this statement is. We seek desperately after what will bring us happiness and entertain us, even if it compromises our beliefs. Seeking after a life of holiness has been put on the back burner of many of our hearts, when in fact it should be in the forefront.
How do we seek holiness? Romans 12:2 Do not confirm any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mindIt's so easy to conform to the pattern of this world. To live for ourselves and accept whatever comes our way. It's what we are used to growing up around. To be what the world would call "Normal." We're fed the pattern of the world through both our eye gate and ear gate. But as Christians, we've been called to step out of the mold, to be different and to live as aliens in this world. 1 Peter 2:11Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in this world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against the soul.
When our mind has been renewed that same scripture goes on to say (Romans 12:2) then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will. It's only when our minds have been renewed we can truly know what his perfect will for us is. You see, when our minds are following the pattern of the world, we are blind to knowing his will. We cannot know his will because the course of our minds has no desire, understanding or direction. It's only when we purify them with the word that we can see clearly to follow his direction.
It starts with setting ourselves apart from the pattern of the world, denying our flesh and pursing pureness in every area. Next, our minds must be renewed. Our minds have been stuck in the pattern of the world. We must devour scripture and meditate on it. Let it retrain our minds to know what is right and wrong. Lastly, once our minds have been reprogrammed, we will be able to discern better the will of God for our lives.