LifeLink Devotions (Click here for Audio Blog)
Wednesday, February 16, 2022
Yesterday we introduced the subject of knowing God’s will when we pray. There’s no way to cover that topic fully in one short devotional. But there is a starting point that lays a foundation upon which we can build. If we will grasp this truth, then we may never again struggle to know God’s will. We may struggle with what His will is, but we will know it.
Here’s the truth – God’s will is not about making decisions, but about making disciples who are living in complete conformity to the image of His Son. Every detail of life is under the primary will of God to bring each of us to fullness in Christ.
John Boykin, in an article entitled The Gospel of Coincidence published in Christianity Today, says,” It’s easier to piddle around wondering whether it’s God’s will that you rent this apartment or that one, than it is to face up to God’s ultimate will for you: that you become conformed to the image of His Son.”
You see, we have confused decision-making with God’s will. Every time we pray about a decision we need to make we place ourselves on the throne of our life. When we have to ask God whether or not we should do something, we are demonstrating that we are not yet surrendered to the Holy Spirit’s control of our lives. If we were, we would stop having our own ideas about stuff and all ideas would be the result of living in Jesus Christ from whom comes the will of God. When we confuse decision-making with the will of God, it indicates that we are living for self and not letting Jesus live in our place. If we would just stop living for self, and let the life of Jesus Christ be lived in and through us, we would always be living God’s will.
It may take a little while to wrap your mind around that concept, but just because it’s hard, don’t stop trying. When Jesus struggled with the will of God when He prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane, it was not because He was seeking to know it, but because He was already living it. His struggle was with surrender to it, not seeking to know it. When we are in communion with our Lord Jesus Christ through the indwelling fullness of the Holy Spirit, we will always know the will of God for each step of our journey through this life. That’s the promise of Proverbs 3:5-6. The New Living Translation puts it this way – “Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will direct your paths.”
So the next time you have a decision to make, and you’re tempted to ask God to show you His will, go back and evaluate the origins of the idea. If the idea is an expression of the life of Christ in you, then you already know your answer. If the idea is an expression of your own self and flesh, then drop it altogether and surrender that part of your life to the control of the Holy Spirit. Let every choice of your will be to die to self and invite Jesus to live His life through you. If at any point of your life Jesus is not seen and honored, then it can’t be God’s will.