The question of knowing what God wants me to do is a big one in the life of the christian. I think all of us feel like if we knew what God wanted us to do, then we would be at peace and able to do our best. When we have a big question mark, I believe we pull back and get timid. God's word has an answer for discovering His will. Caution before you read this, you may not like it. Just wanted to give a little disclaimer before offering the scripture. God says...
"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (Romans 12:1–2)
We find in Romans 12:1–2 what we call a conditional promise. The promise is that you can know what the perfect will of God is for your life. The conditions are that you must present yourself to God and that you must not be conformed to this world.
Notice the order. First, you offer yourself as a living sacrifice, and then you will know the will of God. A living sacrifice!!!! Kind of sounds to me like an operation while you are awake without any medecine. In other words, not a whole lot of fun. We tend to want to know God’s will first and then decide whether we want to give ourselves to it.
It reminds me dinner time around our house. Kelly will ask him the girls “Are you hungry?”
Often the response is, “What are you cooking?” If it is vegetables, then they are not hungry at that particular moment. But if it is ice cream, then they are ready to eat.
In the same way, we will sometimes say, “Lord, what is your will? Before God reveals his will to us, He is looking for a surrendered heart. The revelation of purpose and vision will not be revealed until there is total surrender. The question is, are we going to do what He says? The part that makes this so challenging is that God sees the intentions and desires of our heart. He knows where our sincerity level is at all times. It has been said that the condition of an enlightened mind is a surrendered heart. I agree with the statement and God.
If you want to know the will of God, then you must have a heart that is surrendered. Present yourself to Him. Then you will know the good, pleasing and acceptable will of God. This is a powerful and awesome exchange.
Remember, this Sunday, we finish the series: "You want me to do what?"
God Bless You,