Summary: By living a godly life, by rejecting worldliness and letting God transform us, then, and only then can God accomplish His will for our lives.
"This, then, is how you should pray: " 'Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
In order for God’s Kingdom to COME, His will MUST be done ON EARTH as it is IN HEAVEN.
We must do God’s will.
In order to DO God’s will, we must first know what His will is for us.
God’s Kingdom is made up of people who know God’s will for themselves and for God’s Kingdom.
So, the obvious question is the one you’ve asked yourself a million times sense becoming a Christian:
What is God’s will for my life?
It is the RIGHT question, but we are not going about discovering it the right way.
We’ve all come up with a number of methods for finding it.
There’s the “Random Finger Method.”
You close your eyes, open your Bible, stab your finger down on the page and then open your eyes to discover His will for your life.
Then there's “Astonishing Miracle Method.”
Pray for a burning bush. There you will find the will of God.
We have the “Cast the Fleece Method.”
Test God to see what he wants you to do.
We have the “Still Small Voice Method.”
Wait for God to speak in a still, small way.
We have the “Open Door Method.”
If God opens up an opportunity, it is His will.
Another version of this is the “Closed Door Method.”
If it is too difficult, it is not God’s will.
I’ve done ALL of these.
I’m not saying these are completely without merit.
But we’re acting as if we can just point a satellite dish in the right direction and pick up the signals God is sending.
What if spending all of our time searching for God’s will is actually making it harder?
Maybe trying to find a shortcut to the mind of God is not the best way.
Jesus’ first words to His disciples were, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
Jesus gave these men all the information they needed to do God’s will.
The last words of Jesus to His disciples were, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations.”
We discover that these men are now ready to accomplish God’s will.
These disciples did not say to Jesus, “Excuse us, Sir, but before we follow you, can you just tell us what God’s will is for our lives?”
No. They dropped everything and walked with Him.
Moment-by-moment, and day-by-day.
And this, clearly, became God’s will for their lives.
Let’s deal with a false expectation associated with seeking God's will.
What most of us really want is for God to reveal the future to us.
We want to know where we’re headed.
We think, if we knew, we could be preparing for it and not wasting our time.
That is putting the cart before the horse.
Certainly we should have goals and work toward them.
But the biblical principle is about living in the present by trusting the Lord.
Believing that He will direct us.
Believing that He will guide us towards what He wants us to do in the future.
Do you think if I knew where I would be today back in 1979 I could have better prepared myself for the present???
Or would I have made a horrible mess of things?
I got here by living by faith.
I had to trust in the Lord each day.
I didn’t always know what was next. No. I NEVER knew what was next!
That is the process through which God prepared me for this moment.
We are to make ourselves available to the Lord, and He then directs us.
He can only accomplish His will for our lives if we allow Him too.
We do not need to know the future. Sorry!
That is for Him to decide. Sorry!
Hasn’t He promised in His Word to guide and direct our lives?
Therefore, by faith, we must accept that this is exactly what He is doing.
And when we let Him lead, He gives us the abilities to accomplish His will in our lives.
But God cannot direct us if we do not let him direct us.
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 God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will.
We are to be transformed from living a life where we seek worldly rewards, where we have selfish goals to one of living for the Lord.
2nd Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!