Yielding to God’s will
What you ought to say is, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.” ...Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it. James 4:15-17 NIV
Determining God’s will for our lives begin by doing what we know God wants us to do. Then God brings us to the next step. As we grow yielding to doing God’s will proves to us that we are not alone living the Christian life. We realize that God is walking along with us proving that His yoke is light. “Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11:29). As we continually to yield to God, we come to understand that His will is His expression of His loving relationship with His children. When we get out of God’s will, to be sure we will suffer and God will chasten us so we will return to Him. Jonah knew the will of God but is not willing to yield so God disciplined him. Though he returned to do what God had called him to do, he was still indifferent and it was manifested towards his attitude when he was called by God to call on the people of Nineveh to repent (see Jonah 4). In order for us to grasp the value of living out our Christian lives based on God’s will, we have to believe God and do what He is asking us to do with all our hearts. “...not just when they are watching you. As slaves of Christ, do the will of God with all your heart (Ephesians 6:6). Ours should be a growing relationship with God where we obey Him and as we do, all the more He reveals His will for our lives. “Anyone who wants to do the will of God will know whether my teaching is from God or is merely my own” (John 7:17). It is God‘s desire that He fills you with “complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding” (Colossians 1:9). The more we obey God, the more He reveals His will. A joyful Christian life is having a delight following God. Loving God will provide us the determination to live for His glory. The will of God is God expressing His love to us. When we become more determined living out His will, our lives will be enriched no matter how difficult the circumstances that will come our way. When we grow deeper in our fellowship with God and we become more eager to follow Him, it proves that we are indeed part of His family and His kingdom. “Anyone who does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother” (Mark 3:35).