Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Here we break from speaking of God’s revealed will to speaking of God’s secret will. This means not just the desires of God, but the plan of God that will come to pass by whatever means He chooses. When we refer to the revealed will, we mean that God has called us to do certain things and we should follow them. The secret will, however, describes the things that God has planned out before the creation of the world, the events and occurrences that He determines.
God generally carries out His will by means of people. While He has all the power to just make things happen on His own, He acts as more of a conductor who orchestrates the events rather than just making them happen by supernatural methods. We have choices in life and those choices lead to consequences. God sees to it that whatever the outcome, it coincides with someone else’s choice to bring about what He wills. Though He typically doesn’t force our hand, He does make things happen through our actions. And yes, at times He does intervene to provide the proper choices are made. This is hard to grasp, but consider the many accounts in the Bible where God stepped into a situation to bring about a particular result.
When we follow God’s (revealed) will, we work towards His (secret) will. Doing what He calls us to do leads to us playing a part in His plan, not only for our own lives, but in the overall plan He has.
Ephesians 1:13-14 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.
If you are a follower of Jesus Christ, there was some point at which you heard God’s Word, felt His prompting, and responded. This might not be an exact moment that you can pinpoint on a calendar, but the fact that there was a period of time over which this process was occurring is certain. God was working in you and you responded to His call. You became part of His family. And He sealed you.
Much like the seal of royalty in times of old, a wax emblem placed on a document so it could only be opened by the rightful recipient, God has placed His seal on us with His Holy Spirit until the right time for our inheritance. No one can snatch us from the Father’s hand (John 10:29). He has guaranteed our inheritance as His sons and daughters.
Likewise, in the same way the seal of royalty showed the king’s approval of the document (his endorsement), God has stamped His endorsement on us from the time that we believed on Christ for our salvation. Rest assured. If you are a believer, you belong to the Lord and He belongs to You.
Ephesians 1:5-6 In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.
God predestined us for adoption. He chose, before the world even began, to make us sons and daughters. So often we see family terminology used in the Bible to describe our relationship with God. He is our Father, we are heirs, adopted sons. We can’t choose our own family members, but God can and did choose His. If you’re in Christ, God chose you. You are His and He is yours. And He chose you with a purpose.
God’s will is that we would bring Him glory. His main purpose is not merely our redemption but that His holy name would be praised through our redemption. He wants to pour out His goodness and grace on us in Jesus Christ for His glory.
There is nothing quite like the knowledge that you’ve been chosen by God Almighty to be part of His family to carry out His purpose. But what are you going to do with that knowledge? What will you do with that feeling you get from it? He’s equipped you, so what are you doing to act on this fact?