Surrendering Ourselves to Who God Calls Us To Be
Is God's Will Hidden? Mysterious? Undeterminable? Ask the average Christian in the pew and they will concede that they passionately desire to know what God is up to in their lives. They want to know God's plan, His will for their Life. So they can better lead their lives. Yet at the same time they will admit their frustrations in seeking it, that their fears creep in saying they cannot live it. Or that it may be just too hard to find. And if you ask them again what they think that will may be, they will utter several self-doubting answers. From "I think I just need to live a good life", I think I'm doing OK", "I hope my choices have been good", to "I do not have a clue".
How do I do this? How do I surrender? What is God trying to teach me?
Whether you are looking for God's will for your life or helping others determine God's will for theirs, this 6-part curriculum will help you in your journey. The discovery begins with the right attitude, allowing yourself to be stretched and challenged beyond your comfort zone. So if you are really ready to grow in Christ and be your best for His glory, then this series and its challenges are for you. You may be surprised to find what you thought was His will was just your noise and aspirations plugging your ears, as it was with me. You may find that what the church or some preacher proclaimed does not match up with the priorities that our Lord gave us. For what we think is important often is not, and what we take for granted and ignore is usually our primary call.
The other option is to ignore God and stick to your own will and desires, thus missing out on great opportunities and growth, for which you were placed on this earth. So I plead with you to do as Galatians 2:20-21 calls us, to surrender your will over to His, then you will find His pure and pleasing and perfect will, for you to learn and grow in Him. Would you rather lead a life with distinction and purpose, or continue to complain and spread the disease of sin, gossip, malice, strife, hatred, condemnation, and pride. When God calls us to work together as His representatives in this life to those around us, with love, joy, peace, patience...
"Therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God present yourselves a living sacrifice to God, holy and acceptable, which is your spiritual act of worship. And do not be conformed any longer to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God." (Romans 12:1-2)
God's will is not a mystery if we search for it, but the question is; are you willing to accept what you find, and what He reveals? Or do you bury yourself in your presumptions and pride?
Finding God's will is not about programs or methods. In fact you will be surprised to find out that Scripture does not lay out a specific plan for the individual, even though God has one. The Bible places the concern where we tend not to look, that God's will is about a person who is God, who wants us! A loving relationship! What it is not all about is what we seek, such as what major should I chose, what career is best, or who shall I marry, or where should I move to, or is this a wise investment. Then the bumps in the road come such as death, disease, sickness, trials and tribulations, and we wonder what it is all about, why, why, and more why.
Asking the question, what does God want me to do, is the starting point, and the focus of the will of God.
Matt 6:33-34 "Seek first the kingdom of God…"
The will of God has more to do with controlling our hearts, than what we do in our planning and ideas (I PET 5)!!
We must be a servant of Christ, to let Him mold and shape us to His Glory and purpose, and remain in this relationship!
To know the will of God more intimately. He will reveal it, as we grow close in our experience with Him!
The three types of God's will:
1. REVEALED WILL: God's laws concerning lifestyle and righteous living for all Christians (it is not God's will to ever leave your spouse or start a cult…).
2. DETERMINED WILL: That cannot be thwarted or stopped by anything (predestination, it will happen!!!)
3. SPECIFIC WILL: God's special plan for each believer (whom we marry, career, and education, etc.).
Finding God's will is not about programs or methods, it is about a person who is God, who wants us! A loving relationship!
Asking the question, what does God want me to do, is the starting point, Matt 6:33-34 "Seek first the kingdom of God…"
So are you ready to receive what God wants to give?
This curriculum works quite simply, by Examining the Word and being in prayer! And then discuss with others in a small group or with a mentor.
© 1984, 1996 Richard Krejcir Into Thy Word www.intothyword.org
Richard Joseph Krejcir, is the Director of 'Into Thy Word Ministries, 'a discipleing ministry. He is also a pastor, teacher, speaker is a graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena California and has amounted nearly 20 years of pastoral ministry experience mostly in youth ministry, including serving as a church growth consultant.