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16 Now a man came up to Jesus and asked, "Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?"
17 "Why do you ask me about what is good?" Jesus replied. "There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, obey the commandments."
18 "Which ones?" the man inquired. Jesus replied, "íDo not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony,
19 honor your father and mother,í and ílove your neighbor as yourself.í"
20 "All these I have kept," the young man said. "What do I still lack?"
21 Jesus answered, "If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me."
22 When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth.
Many times we refuse to do Godís will because it may mean that we have to give up something. Godís will for you may mean that you need to take a lesser paying job or move from your familiar surroundings. Are you willing to do this? By opening that door, you may find that Godís will for you is to become a missionary in Africa or even worse a pastor of a small church. We canít see the whole picture, but God can. He knows that if we would relinquish control to Him, we would experience the greatest joy of our lives. God created us, He made us and He knows us. He knows where we would be most effective in His ministry and at the same time be the happiest. If we would follow Christ where ever He leads, by the time we got there, we wouldnít want to be anywhere else. When we die, our processions will remain here for someone else to have. Whatever we have is only temporary. But if we are serving God by leading others to Christ, then our rewards are eternal. Here on this earth we may never know if our words and actions leads others to Christ, but once in Heaven we will know the effect our lives had on others. So always let the light of Christ shine through you and teach the Gospel to whoever will listen. You may just plant a seed in someone that will grow into that person having an eternal life with God.
1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of Godís mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God-- this is your spiritual act of worship.
2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what Godís will is-- his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Do you believe that the will of God is good, pleasing and perfect for you? God is perfect and His will for us is perfect and righteous. I have heard people say that this or that is Godís will for me. Someone may say that Godís will is to divorce my wife and go to the mission field. In the above verses we read that we are not to conform any longer to the ways of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of our minds. In this way we will be able to test the spirit and know if it is from God. Godís will for our lives will never lead us into sin or into anything that Christ has told us not to do. Godís will is perfect. If what we are about to do
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