“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
In God’s way of thinking, knowing and doing the will of God are intrinsically linked. Not only that, but in John 7:17, Jesus says that the intent to do God’s will precedes the knowing of God’s will.
This may sound “deep” to you but what I am saying is simply this: If we don’t care about obeying God, then He’s not going to show us what He wants us to do! He leads those who intend to follow Him.
Over the next several day, I will be writing about knowing and doing the will of God. Romans 12 addresses knowing:
“And so, dear brothers, 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.” (Romans 12:1-2)
From these verses we will learn the biblical principles necessary for knowing the will of God.
Romans 12 also addresses doing the will of God:
“Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them, Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality. Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them. Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all! Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.” (Romans 12:9-18).
In these last days, God is looking for a generation that will seek Him and His will. Psalm 24: 6 describes who God is looking for:
“This is Jacob, the generation of those who seek Him, who seek Your face.”
I want to be one of that generation. How about you?