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God’s best is God’s will

And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Because of the privilege and authority God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us. Romans 12:1-3

Following God’s will is the best one can do for his or her life. From our text, yielding our lives to God recognizes that He has Lordship over us. This is our reasonable and acceptable service. In effect, what we are saying to God is that, “Whatever You want, Father, I want.” So what then would lead us to be outside His perfect will? When we allow our lives to be influenced by the worldly ways and start to walk away from godly principles, we will miss living out God’s will for our lives. Deliberate disobedience to His Word can also cause our hearts to get numbed and not hear His voice. All these are the results of insisting to follow our will rather than God’s will. When we know what the Lord wants and yet refuse to follow this could lead to continued disregard to do God’s will. Jesus in the flesh wrestled with self-will in Gethsemane when He asked the Father if He can be spared from the suffering that He will endure at the cross. “Please take this cup of suffering away from me” (Mark 14:36a). Eventually, Jesus followed the Father’s will for His life. “Yet I want your will to be done, not mine” (Mark 14:36b). Jesus’ obedience to the Father’s will provided an example that we need to follow. “Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God” (Ephesians 5:1-2). Do not allow yourself to miss out on God’s best because you are not willing to follow His will for your life. If you will surrender your will and commit to follow His will, you will recognize that His will is His expression of His love. “For you bless the godly, O Lord; you surround them with your shield of love” (Psalm 5:12). “Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is” (Ephesians 5:17).


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