“Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that YE BELIEVE on him whom he hath sent.” (John 6:28-29 KJV)
The question of God’s will for our lives as believers is one that many ask and wonder about. We wonder if we are doing the will of God and performing as He wishes. We wonder and pray to God asking things such as:
- God should I marry this person? Is it your will?
- What college do you want me to attend? Which one is your will?
- Should I take this job or the other one? Which is your will?
The list of questions goes on and on. However, is the Will Of God something elusive or hard to understand? We need to turn to the Word Of God to find out what the will of God actually is and we need to understand about the Sovereignty of God in our everyday lives with the Holy Spirit living inside of us.
In John 6 Jesus was asked very directly about the Will Of God for our lives and His answer has a simplicity and beauty to it. “This is the work of God, that YE BELIEVE on him whom he hath sent.” Jesus continues in John 6 and says this as to be very clear and to the point for us:
“And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, AND BELIEVETH ON HIM, may HAVE EVERLASTING :LIFE: and I will raise him up at the last day.”
We can see clearly here two points from Jesus. The first point is that God’s ultimate will every person in the world is to believe on Christ for Salvation from our sins by belief and faith that Jesus Christ is who He said He is throughout His ministry; God in the flesh. And that He lived a sinless life and died on the cross willingly to pay the penalty for our sins. We can also see here the Sovereignty Of God where Jesus states “ that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing”. Were you and I given to Christ back in the time of Jesus’ Earthly ministry? We were not but this speaks of the truth that God foreknew every person that would accept the free gift of Salvation through faith in Christ from the very foundation of the world. Even before you or I were born! God is the great I AM THAT I AM, the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having PREDESTINATED us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of HIS GRACE, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.” (Ephesians 1:3-6 KJV)
God’s Will Is Not An Elusive Thing
God’s will is not such an elusive thing as we may think. It is not meant to be something kept in secret from us. By the Word Of God we are shown the Will Of God and even by the words of Jesus Himself.
Accept Christ Who Is God’s Grace Gift For Our Salvation.
Salvation is Grace ALONE, through FAITH alone in the atonement provided by the Son Of God, Jesus Christ on the cross alone. Jesus tells us the will of God directly Himself! The disciples ask him directly what is the will of God for us. Jesus is thorough in His answer but He never says it is by our deeds nor works! It is BELIEF by faith alone in Jesus Christ!
“For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.”
(1 Timothy 2:3-4 KJV)
“Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, “This is the work of God, that YE BELIEVE on him whom he hath sent. They said therefore unto him, What sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? what dost thou work? Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat. Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world. Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread. And Jesus said unto them, I AM the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that BELIEVETH on me shall never thirst. But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not. All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, AND BELIEVETH ON HIM, may HAVE EVERLASTING life: and I will raise him up at the last day.” (John 6:29-40 KJV)
“For by GRACE are ye saved THROUGH FAITH; and that NOT of yourselves: it is the GIFT of God: NOT OF WORKS, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9 KJV)
Be Thankful And Humble, Wise And Filled With The Spirit, Living In A Holy Pleasing Manner To God
“Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:” (Luke 6:37 KJV)
Do not judge others as if they are more a sinner than you after your Salvation. Please brothers and sisters in Christ, know this; God hates a haughty spirit. God hates the sin of pride.
“Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.” (Proverbs 16:18 KJV)
Avoid wrongdoing and instead be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit who works and guides you in your life and by The Word Of God.
“Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;” (Ephesians 5:17-20 KJV)
It is the Will Of God that we live Holy lives and pressing forth to do what is right and in a forgiving manner. See how Christ lived and what He did in circumstances in the Bible, and do the same in how we treat others.
“For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour; Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God: That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified. For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.” (1 Thessalonians 4:3-7 KJV)
“Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.” (Colossians 3:13 KJV)
“Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” (Ephesians 4:31-32 KJV)
“Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him. And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.” (Luke 17:3-4 KJV)
Abide In Christ And His Word
Abide in Christ and His words by reading the Bible for the renewing of your mind from the worlds view (the lie) to God’s view (the truth) so that your inner being is so changed that God’s good works flow outward into your life because you believe right. God then places desires in you to accomplish good works he has prepared for you to do FROM Salvation and renewal (not good works for Salvation).
“I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.” (John 15:5-8 KJV)
“I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. SANCTIFY THEM THROUGH THY TRUTH: THY WORD IS TRUTH. As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.” (John 17:15-19 KJV)
“Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall MAKE YOU free.” (John 8:31-32 KJV)
“Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:” (Ephesians 6:13-17 KJV )
Love God. Treat Others In Love.
“Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” (Matthew 22:37-40 KJV)
“And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise. “ (Luke 6:31 KJV)
“But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.” (Luke 6:35 KJV)
“Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.” (1 Corithians 13:4-8 KJV) Note: Charity means love.
Pray To God. Talk With Him. He Is Listening!
Above these main points of the Will Of God for our lives we should pray and talk to God in and for every circumstance in life. Remember the Holy Spirit of God resides very close to you! He is indwelling you! He is right here with you 24 hours a day, 365 days a year! When you are awake and when you are sleeping. The love of God is with you always!
“For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39 KJV)
“And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: “ (1John 5:14 KJV)
“Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; “ (Ephesians 6:18 KJV)
“Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.” (Jeremiah 29:12 KJV)