Will of God

boots-181744_640Mark 3:35: For whoever does the will of God is My brother and My sister and mother.” (NKJV)

God has a will for you. It is for you to discover and walk in it. It is a journey in search of gold, in search of yourself. It is a journey within, to figure out the divine fingerprint that you bear within.

Saul was going on an errand for his father to find an animal that was lost, but he was already chosen by God to be king (1Samuel 9). He was going about in the will of his father while there is another will waiting for him to step into.

In the process of doing the will of man, he encountered the will of God. So while waiting for the perfect will of God, you are not supposed to isolate yourself. Look for an area of interest and plug yourself into it, associate yourself with people doing what you are interested in.

There is nothing wrong for you to pursue your desires, once they do not contradict the moral laws of God. Will of God at that level is not something esoteric. It must, however, be your priority to submit to the will of God in all its shape and form.

While we are not of the world, we are in the world. We engage with the same activities that makes for earthly existence, things we do for financial gain, vocations, things we are trained for both formally and informally, things of personal flair, innate gifts and talents, and businesses of production or buying and selling.

Paul said that we should remain in the calling wherein God has called us. He mentioned some people who were in the habit of loitering around doing nothing, being idle, saying such practices should be discouraged, and such people avoided (2Thessalonians 3:6-18).

He said people should find things to do with their hands, get a skill that could fetch them money, not just for themselves but so that they will be able to help others (2Thessalonians 4:11-12), and especially support their own families because, “the one who does not provide his for own is worse than an infidel (1Thessalonians 5:8).” Paul was able to put to use his skill as a tentmaker even while he was an apostle. He was a labourer though intellectually sound. These have to do with “social” will of God. There is also the choice of who to marry.

But there is another level of Will of that we need to recognise. That is the area of making use of our spiritual gifts. While the practical work we do for the economic purpose primarily, can position us to be of material blessing to others, the operation of our spiritual gifts is for us to be of spiritual blessing. Whichever way, the will of God is about us being a blessing to others. Period.

Paul said, “according to Jesus, it is more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:35).” In the act of being a blessing, we get more blessed, and the cycle of blessing continues to increase. It is the will of God for you to recognise your gift and skills in a way that makes for increasing profiting for others especially for the body of Christ. There is greater value if you give to Christians than non-Christians because then you are giving to Christ, who is the ultimate reward-er, i.e. he is reward is greater than others.

However, the will of God is not just about what to give, it is also about what to receive. How can you truly give what you have not received? While standing before a lame man at the beautiful gate in Jerusalem, Peter said to him: “silver and gold I have not but what I have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk (Acts 3:1-10).”

Peter, for three and half years, had been receiving from the ministry of Jesus, and that was why he was able to give. Also, we see Mary the sister of Martha sitting quietly at the feet of Jesus, soaking in his words. Jesus commented on that saying, “she is doing the right thing, receiving from me (Luke 10:38-42).”

While her sister Martha would want her to join her in preparing the food that Jesus will eat, trying to impress Jesus with her culinary skills, Mary was busy having Jesus “impress” his words on her.

Another thing that the bible says is the will of God is our sanctification (1Thessalonians 4:1-5). Paul said: this will of God, even our sanctification. He told people that we should learn how to handle our body with all decorum, not giving room for any sexual impropriety.

The use of our mouth in the right way is also the will of God. Paul said that our words should be seasoned with salt, ministering grace to the hearers (Ephesians 4:29). Jesus said that surely we will give account of every idle word (Matthew 12:36). Therefore, David prayed: let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight oh lord my God and my redeemer (Psalm 19:14).

Jesus informed us that out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks (Luke 6:45). We cannot speak beyond the depth of our meditation, not beyond what we are filled with. It is what you are full of that you can speak from. When we are full of the word of Christ, we will speak from that and be a blessing to people (Colossians 3:16).

While Paul was going about persecuting the church he thought that he was doing God a favour, doing the will of God, but when he encountered Jesus (Acts 9), he realised he was doing the wrong things. So because you have zeal and passion does not mean what you are doing is right. Paul said that we should examine ourselves to see where we still stand on the right things (2Corinthians 13:5).

That encounter with Jesus changed the course of his life forever, as he embarked on the work of God’s service in truth. From that encounter, he was blinded to his own will having his eyes opened to the direction the Holy Spirit points to as the will of God.

Before he embarked on the spiritual service, he was filled with the Holy Spirit through the laying on of the hands of Ananias. And he could not wait to start speaking the words of Jesus to convince others of the Messiahship of Jesus. And later on, he said woe is me if I preach not the gospel because the necessity is laid on me (1Corinthians 9:16). He was that bound to the will of God. He was one with it.

The Holy Spirit fuels Paul’s journey in the direction of the will of God. We go on a different path. Even Jesus did not go in the direction of the will of God apart from the influence Holy Spirit. After he was baptised by John in the river Jordan, the heaven opened and the Holy Spirit descended like a dove and sat upon him, he was immediately driven into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit to be tempted by the devil, and from there to a life of the miraculous (Luke 3:21-23).

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