1 John 2:15-17
One of the most confusing subjects for many people, especially young people, is the will of God. It’s confusing enough, then you hear so many versions of what it is. People will talk of God speaking to their heart as if He was really speaking. They will talk about the Lord leading them. Some will shout that they have received a word from the Lord. We’ve complicated God’s will so much in our day. I don’t believe it was meant to be so confusing. My hope is to make it simple for anyone reading today.
Eph 5:17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.
- The will of God is the Word of God. (Matthew 4:4; Hebrews 5:13; Psalm 119:9, 11, 16; 2 Timothy 3:16)
Anything the Bible commands you to do is the will of God. You should do it. Anything the Bible forbids you to do is the will of God. You should not do it. Anything the Bible suggests would be good for you or bad for you is the will of God. That is simple. Where the Bible does not clearly and definitively address something, it gives you principles that can help guide your decisions and make wise choices. Obedience to the Word of God is essential to living in the will of God.
- The will of God is growing in God. (Luke 3:6-9)
Is there something that would hinder your growth spiritually? Is there something that would keep you from getting closer to God in your walk with Him? Many people have asked if they should take a certain job. My question, “Does it keep you from church services?” If so, it goes against the clear will of God in Hebrews 10:25. Should I move to this area wear there is a good job? Is there a good, Bible-preaching church there? If not, then it would severely hinder your Christian growth.
- The will of God is determined by your potential. (Luke 3:8-9)
The servant wanted to work with the tree because he believed it had potential. Every believer has been given a certain amount of potential as in the parable of the talents (Matthew 25:15-30). You may ask, “How do I know my potential?” You look at your abilities – Matthew 25:15 …to every mand according to his several ability….
- You increase your potential to do more for God by increasing your abilities. (Matthew 25:21)
Often, we don’t know our potential, but we do know our abilities. What can you do right now? Could you sing in the choir? I didn’t say, “Can you sing?” Can you make a joyful noise? Only a joyful heart is required for that. Do you have the time to go soulwinning? You can’t talk, but can you go as a silent partner? You may not be able to captain the bus route, but can you help pass out candy? Do you what you know so you can grow. Do what you can so you can do more. (Philippians 4:13)
- So, look for opportunities to increase your abilities. (Isaiah 6:8)
Have you failed at certain things in the Christian life? Proverbs 24:16 says a just man riseth up from his failures. This is your OPPORTUNITY to be a just man. Has someone despitefully used you? This is your opportunity to pray for them. Has someone cursed you? This is your opportunity to bless them. (Luke 6:28) Is there soulwinning times at your church? This is opportunity to be a better soulwinner. Do the buildings need cleaned? This is your opportunity to be a servant. David wanted the opportunity to be a doorkeeper in the house of the Lord more than promotions in the world. (Psalm 84:10)
- When you are faithful to the little opportunities, God will bless you with greater opportunities. (Matthew 25:21; 2 Timothy 2:2; 1 Corinthians 3:7; Joshua 3:6-7, 4:14)
Don’t looking for glory from men by doing some great thing. Don’t pass up small opportunities to be a blessing to the unknown person who will never thank you. Don’t pass up the small opportunities because you are waiting for the big opportunities. Do what you can. Do what is in front of you. Serve wherever you can serve. God will then increase your opportunities do greater things for Him. Just live to bring Him glory and leave the promotions to Him. (Matthew 6:4, 6, 18)
– Pastor Brad Braudis
Bible Baptist Church | Radcliff, KY