2009-09-11 - How to Know God's Will
Knowing and Doing God's Will ~ Part 6
Author's Note: After I began writing this series on the categories of people. My pastor preached a sermon on how to find God's will. I thought it would make a good closing for this series.
In order to do God's will you must first know it. The good news about this part is that his will is not hard to find. You don't even have to look. It would be ludicrous for me to want my son to take out the trash but just wait until he figures it out and discovers my will on his own. Just as I tell my son what I want him to do, it is God's responsibility to reveal his will to us. Our only responsibility is to do it once we know it. But our heart must be in the right place for him to reveal it. So to know God's will we simply must know how to be in the right place for him to reveal it. We don't even have to figure that out as the Bible tells us how to do that.
My pastor broke It down into what I thought would be three easy steps. But it was kind of like the three easy payments offered by infomercials - easier said than done but they are nevertheless easy to understand if not to do.
Step 1: A personal presentation must be given. Verse 1 says we are to present ourselves a living sacrifice. We don't know his will yet but we give ourselves to him to do it. That sounds backwards because I like to know what I am getting into but this is God's way of making sure we mean business I think. It is like writing God a blank check. Simply sign your name and let him fill out the amount. The book of Romans up to this point can be summed up in two sentences. You are a dying sinner. Jesus gave his life to save yours. That is what it means when Paul says "I beseech you therefore". He is saying because of the fact that Jesus died for you, because he gave himself to you as a sacrifice for your sin, you should give your life to him. We aren't to simply give him a portion of our life. Sacrifice requires full surrender. It cannot be partial. Paul even goes on to say this is your reasonable service. In other words, giving yourself to him is the only logical outcome because of him giving himself to you.
Step 2: A powerful transformation should be granted. Verse 2 says we will either be conformed or transformed. Don't be molded by the world instead go through an extreme makeover and become something completely new. If Jesus sees the world's reflection in your life you are a conformer but if the world sees Jesus' reflection in your life you are a transformer. We transform by renewing our minds. We let the inward direct the outward. In his expository notes, William Burkitt writes,
"An apostolical exhortation, Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind; that is, 'Be ye regenerated and changed in your whole man, beginning at the mind or understanding, by which the Spirit of God worketh upon the inferior faculties of the soul.' Every converted person is truly and really changed, thoroughly sanctified and renewed, endowed with new dispositions and affections; yet this conversion and renovation is not a substantial, but a qualitive change, a change not in the substance of the faculties of the soul, but in the quality of those faculties. And the renewed Christian is sanctified totus, but not totaliter; he is sanctified thoroughly in all faculties, but not perfectly in all degrees. There is in a renewed man's understanding too much blindness and ignorance, in his will too great obstinacy and perverseness, in his affections too much irregularity and sensuality. yet such is the indulgence of the gospel, as to call him an holy person, a person transformed by the renewing of his mind."
Step 3: A purposeful revelation will be gained. Verse 2 says these first two steps are done so "that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God." (NKJV). That is to say so you can test or experience for yourself God's will and see that it is good, pleasing, and perfect.
Everyone will surrender their lives to something - money, another person, or God. Everyone is free to choose what they surrender to but they do not get to choose the consequences of that choice. I hope you will choose wisely to surrender to God so that you may know God's will and do it.
All scripture references from KJV unless otherwise noted