We asked that question in my Sunday School class today. We didn’t come up with any “Sunday School answers” like “Jesus loves me”
Mostly blank stares. I had been talking too much.
How do people find an answer to this big giant question? Here’s one place to look for guidance.
And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. (Romans 12:1-2)
After reading this, it makes me think of several crucial steps to take when trying to figure out God’s will. I don’t like to reduce the Christian life to a list but I couldn’t resist.
- Live out your physical life in service to God – take a hard look at all your motivations
- Expect to act, think and feel different – this type of consistent practice and worship changes your internal “wiring”
- Submit to transformation – you always have a choice, sometimes we don’t know God’s will because we don’t really want to obey it…
- Learn what God wants by spending time with God as a submitted and transformed disciple – this type of practice makes understanding God’s will easier and more evident to us
I really think knowing God’s will is not that difficult. Obeying God’s will is much larger challenge, one we struggle with all our lives. I want to pray in faith each day – “May Your will be done on earth (in my life), as it is in Heaven” – it’s not going to be done in my life if I’m unwilling to make that first step and choose to walk in that direction. There’s always a choice before me.
“Choices will continually be necessary and — let us not forget — possible. Obedience to God is always possible. It is a deadly error to fall into the notion that when feelings are extremely strong we can do nothing but act on them.” ― Elisabeth Elliot
This corrupt world is already wasting away, as are its selfish desires. But the person really doing God’s will—that person will never cease to be. (1 John 2:17, The Voice)