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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Giving it Up For God's Will"

Date published: 10/29/2012
 
Acts 20:24 “I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me — the task of testifying to the gospel of God's grace.” (NIV)
 
An amazing phenomenon has developed in Christianity where Christians spend the majority of their Christian lives not knowing what God has for them. God wants every Christian to know His will and purpose for his/her life, so that they can say as Jesus said in John 17:4, “I have brought You glory on earth by completing the work You gave Me to do.” Paul’s statement not only describes a life sold out to Christ, but also speaks about knowing God’s will in three ways: 1) Know God’s will. 2) Be committed to God’s will. 3) See everything in your life in relationship to God’s purpose and will. God’s will is more readily known and apparent when you live in the constant presence of God through His Word, prayer, and a personal relationship with Him. Seldom does God give great clarity of His will when you “pop in” asking Him for it. The revelation of God’s will in your life is as much about sanctification (the process of becoming more like Christ) as it is about knowing what He has for your life. Knowing God’s will without sanctification is like having a beautiful car without gas. It looks good - but lacks the power to go! Once you know God’s will and purpose, you must apply every effort toward achieving them. The consummation of knowing His will for your life and applying your life towards that purpose is accomplished by seeing every activity, relationship, hobby, and vocation in relationship to God’s purpose in your life. Placing God at the center of each one of these activities frees the Holy Spirit to work in you. Paul summed it up well by saying, “I consider my life worth nothing.” In other words, there was nothing in Paul’s life that had value compared to completing God’s will through his life. You can accomplish many things in life, but they must always be in relationship to God’s will for you. You are cutting short God’s will when any activity moves God off the throne of your life. Live with a passion for Christ so that you are an open vessel for God’s perfect and pleasing will to be accomplished through you!
 
Ephesians 5:15-17 “Be very careful, then, how you live — not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is.” (NIV)