What is God’s Will for My Life?
Sarah E. Frazer
Day: 17 | Plan: Already but Not Yet
Today's Reading: 1 Peter 4:1-11
1 Peter 4:2, 11 (ESV) "…so as to live for the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for human passions but for the will of God … in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen."
My husband and I are moving to Honduras. This is God's will for our lives. How do we know? No bright lights from heaven shone down and revealed the path for us. Instead, we learned the value of taking just the next step of obedience.
In preparation for the move, I was going through old boxes when I found a photo album from my high school graduation. In it was a picture of a girl I barely recognized. It was me, but I didn't recognize myself, and I thought of all the ways I had changed, both physically and spiritually.
When I was young I really wanted to know God's will for my life. I thought if I did all the "right" things, I would find it. Like a hidden mystery, I thought I could read my Bible and figure out what God wanted for me. Over the years, I've discovered that God's will is more about taking steps than reaching a destination. This is how I know God wants our family to move to Honduras. We took several small steps of faith, and suddenly, here we are, preparing to move our family of seven overseas.
Maybe Peter's audience in 1 Peter felt discouraged when it came to their Christian walk. They were trying to figure out God's will for their lives, but all they could see was suffering. Peter, the apostle who literally walked with Christ, had some things to tell them.
The "will" of God (1 Peter 4:2) is the Greek word "thelema," which means "the purpose; what is determined or what God wants." Peter mentions four things that will lead to the ultimate will of God for each of us.
Be serious and watchful in prayer. (1 Peter 4:7)
Our lives should be characterized by self-control, moderate living, and peace. Prayer should be the main focus in finding the will of God.
Have fervent love for one another. (1 Peter 4:8)
Love is not an option. This is the Greek word, "agape," which means unconditional love. It is the same word used to describe God's covenant love for us. If our love is free, without conditions, it will automatically cover the offenses of others. How do we love like this? We become unoffendable people. Love is not easily offended. (1 Corinthians 13:5)
Be hospitable without complaining. (1 Peter 4:9)
Loving others will naturally lead to being welcoming and faithful. Kindness is love in action. Let us not be people who hide our displeasure for each other, but truly possess the love of God.
Minister with the gifts given by grace. (1 Peter 4:10)
The NLT translation says we are to "Use them well to serve one another." A servant uses the talents they have been given to help others. How are you serving with the gifts God has given you?
As we think about these four things, we must remember that this isn't the formula for life but a foundation for life. If these things are what mainly drive us in our day-to-day activities, God will lead us to the ultimate goal of every Christian's life: to glorify God. (1 Peter 4:11)
Prayer: God, I desire to do Your will. Will You guide me today in finding out how I need to serve, love or pray? Grant me wisdom in knowing my next step, and lead me to use the gifts You have given to glorify You today. Amen.
The One person who humbly obeyed all of God's will for His life was our Lord, Jesus Christ. Peter... Read More
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