READ: Matthew 6:9-13
- The concept of God’s will can be confusing. For some, it’s a sense of personal guidance. They want to know what job to take, where to live, whom to marry, etc. For others, it has to do with His sovereign control over everything, so that every event and circumstance is His doing. But, in Matthew, it appears more as something He reveals and calls for us to do. E.g., listen to Jesus commit to doing what God reveals when He says, “…not my…”
- The New Testament makes it clear that God has a revealed will that He wants done. Paul says God’s will is for us to no longer conform to this world but be transformed (Romans 12:2), that Christians avoid sexual immorality (1 Thessalonians 4:3), and that believers learn to give thanks in all things (1 Thessalonians 5:18). We know that it is God’s will that all be saved (1 Timothy 1:15), and that we are the ones to tell them that good news (Matthew 28:18-20).
- It’s fitting to see any command that applies to the church and/or to Christians as the “will of God.” He would never command us to be or do anything that was not His will for our congregations and lives. Before we ever think about some individual concern (career, mate, etc.), we should seek to be sure we are doing the will of God that we already know.
- What would be different in your life if you were concentrating on doing the will of God that you already know?
- Why do you think it’s so much easier to get caught thinking (worrying?) about God’s personal will for us instead of God’s revealed will?
- Which do you believe Jesus is instructing us to pray about, in light of the kingdom language He uses?
PRAY: Commit yourself to doing God’s will as you come to understand it. Pray for a heart willing to see His will. Pray that we will be faithful in doing His will, no matter what it is.