It has come to my attention that perhaps a piece titled, “Finding His Will”, would be of great help at this time. So without further ado, let us begin.
First off, as believers (which is actually the first step), we are commanded to understand and know the Will of the Lord. [Eph. 5:17] But how do we do this? Let’s break it down.
From Romans 12:2, we know that the Will of God is three things:
3. Perfect, or Complete
It also states in that same verse that we will know these three things by not conforming to this world but by being transformed through the renewing of our minds! So in essence; cleanse our minds and we will be able to test these three ‘Will of God’ facts! Now we are ready for the doing, before we continue on to see what exactly the Lord has in store for us.
Doing the Will of our Lord produces two things:
A. It proves that we belong to Christ: Mark 3:35 as His family and John 13:34-35 by showing love for one another. Also, doing
B. Results in a reward: Hebrews 10:36; perseverance to accomplish the task He gave us.
So far, we know we must be believers to understand His Will, we know His Will is three things and how to test them, and we know what will come of doing His Will. But there is also a certain way of doing His Will; From the heart. Ephesians 6:6 says to accomplish His Will like “the slaves of Christ”.
But of course, there is also the opposite of doing the Will of our Father, and that would be following after the lusts of Men. But there is a way out! 1 Peter 4:2 summarizes that ‘suffering encourages the desire to live for the Lord’. 1 John 2:17 writes that the man who does the Will of the Father will live forever. It is important to always keep our eyes in front of us, so that we may doggedly pursue the Will of our Lord and not be discouraged by the seemingly monumental task that lay before us.
And now for the fun part; finding where we belong. As for me, I like to put really tough-to-think-about problems into a sort of mathematical calculation, and solve for X. Though I hate math with a passion, it comes through for me every time. So here we go.
First, let us begin with the constants.
Things already spelled out for us in God’s Word, the Bible; Commands or Spiritual Truths. For mathematical purposes, let us call these x.
a. 1 Thessalonians 4:3-4. Sanctification.
b. 1 Thessalonians 5:8. Self-Controlled with Faith, Love and the Hope of Salvation.
c. Mathew 6:1-4. Do everything with Humility of Mind.
d. Mark 10:19. Know the Commandments and keep them.
Some things are found as Spiritual or Biblical Principles, and they apply differently to different people. Let’s call these y. For instance;
a. 1 Timothy 5:8. Not providing for your family is a denial of faith putting you lower than an unbeliever.
Now we will move on to the (abcd) variables, or, principles of discovering the Will of our Lord for us.
a. Search God’s Word. Psalms 119:105
b. Pray. Jeremiah 42:4; Luke 18:1 and (can include fasting!) Daniel 9:3
c. Seek Biblical counsel. Proverbs 12:15; 1 Kings 12:1-15
i. From someone who knows God’s Word.
ii. From someone who loves you In Christ.
d. Circumstances. Esther 4:13-14.
Good. Now that we have determined the variables, lets finish with the outcome. Philippians 4:6-7 says this; “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the Peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Pretty cool huh? The Peace of God will actually guard our hearts and minds! But this IS the outcome then of doing what He wants for us; that the Peace of God follows His Will. For our equation, let’s label this as P for His Peace, and we will use ? as the discovery of our life’s true calling.
*Note that this is not an attempt to simply ‘place’ God in a box! He is much too wise and powerful for that! This is simply a mere organization of human thought, poured out in theory and placed into a form of reading, making it easier for our little minds to grasp this concept.*
Now let’s figure this thing out!
a + b + c + d (xy) = ?P
Brilliant! So, if we do the constants (easy!) and then add in the variables (still easy!) we should have no problem figuring out the Will of our Father (plus His Peace!) for our lives! Super easy! The difficulty comes into play when we actually set about pursuing that goal for ourselves, as opposed to saying, ‘Oh! I found God’s Will. I’m done.’ No, finding His Will is a goal we must pursue for the rest of our lives! It IS our destiny! And hey, why not make it easy? We have a perfect model of a human man wonderfully described for us in the Bible, Jesus Christ. Why not shoot for the moon? If we miss, we’ll still land among the stars! 🙂
In closing, I encourage everyone to go back and re-read the initial steps and parts of this equation, making sure there is clear understanding. Without the understanding, attempting this would be like trying to shove God in a box, and that my friends, just won’t happen.
Farewell and Goodnight.