“Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is” (Ephesians 5:17)
Just about every Christian has asked the question, “What is the will of God for my life?” Whenever a Christian says that, he implies two things:
1. He doesn’t know what God’s will is but he would like to.
2. He would like to know God’s will, but because he doesn’t know it’s God’s fault.
I’d like to suggest on the basis of Ephesians 5:17 that if anyone doesn’t know God’s will, it’s not God’s fault, it’s ours! God’s will is not some nebulas, indiscernible information stored away in some filing cabinet locked up in heaven. God has clearly revealed His will to us in the Word of God and it’s the same for every Christian. 1 Thessalonians 4:3 says, “For this is the will of God, even your sanctification…” Now that’s not something we have to pray about. God’s will is our sanctification! Simply put, sanctification is the process by which we become more and more like the Lord Jesus Christ and less and less like ourselves.
Many Christians who struggle with finding God’s will for their lives are usually concerned about one of two things – where God wants them to go or what He wants them to do. But God’s will is not primarily a matter of location or vocation. It is primarily a matter of the condition of our hearts. God is not so much concerned about where we go or what we do as He is about what we are.
Now If God’s will is our sanctification and if we want to live in the will of God then, first of all, we will reject all those things which do not contribute to our sanctification. Are there things in your life that are hindering your sanctification? God has clearly told us that His will for each one of us is to become more like Christ in His character. Every day we have choices which will determine whether we are that way or not. And one of the choices we have is to consciously reject all those things which do not contribute to our sanctification.
But there’s a positive aspect as well. It’s not only rejecting those things which hinder our sanctification; but it’s embracing those things which contribute to our sanctification. Jesus prayed for His disciples in John 17:17, “Sanctify them with Thy truth; Thy Word is truth.” God’s will is that we be sanctified, and Jesus is telling us how that happens – by a constant exposure to the Word of God. A Christian that is in the will of God is a Christian that is in the Word of God. God has given us His Word as His means of making us more like His Son.
Are you in God’s will? Are you sensitive to those things in your life which hinder your sanctification and need to go? Are you spending time each day in the Word of God? Because a Christian that is in the will of God is a Christian that is in the Word of God.