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What is God’s will?

God’s will

Romans 12:2  Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

We Christians speak a lot about “God’s will”, but what does that even mean?  What does it mean to do God’s will?  Is this some sort of mysterious code language for something?  Or is it a very real thing that we can know and follow?

First, there are two types of God’s will:  His “revealed” or moral will and His “secret” will, or providential government of all things.  The differences between the two are best left to a Bible study rather than a devotion, but we will be speaking of the revealed will for our purposes.  This is what God wants of us or expects of us.  When we speak of looking for God’s will in our lives, this is the “revealed” will He has spelled out for us in His Word.

We may tend to think of what God wants from us personally as His will for us, but we sometimes overlook the will He has in general.  Because of this tendency, we may look for specific signs or circumstances that will tell us what God wants from us or what our next move should be.  It may be that He will give us those signs, but most often, whatever the issue is, God has already spoken on the matter in His revelation to man, the Bible.  If we’ll look there first, we’ll often find what God’s will is in the area we’re seeking answers.

Many people spent much of their time keeping their eyes open for the signs they’re expecting and yet skip right past the Bible as a means for finding out God’s will for their life.  We ought to first check God’s Word before looking for signs.  Let the Holy Spirit do the discerning.  The answer is likely right in front of us if we’d only stop looking so hard.

Living stones

1 Peter 2:5  you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

Where does God dwell?  Is He confined to the walls of a church?  Limited to operating on Sunday mornings?  Or is God’s house a spiritual one, made of living stones?

In the Old Testament, the Lord had the people of Israel construct a temple, that He might dwell among them there (see Exodus).  For generations, the tradition was that the temple was God’s dwelling place.  Jesus came and turned everything upside down.  On several occasions, Jesus made reference to destroying the temple and rebuilding it.  He did this to illustrate how He would be killed and rise from the dead.

He, the stone that the builders (religious leaders) rejected, became the cornerstone (foundation) to the Church.  Now we are the living stones that make up the Church, it’s no longer about a building, but a people.  The church is alive and continuously growing and being built up.  Each Christian is part of the priesthood and through their lives offering up spiritual sacrifices.  We have direct access to God.

We are the Church, the body of Christ.  We will bring about His kingdom, regardless of building or location.