Two Parts of God's Will for EVERYONE
The author of this letter to the Romans is written by the Apostle Paul and he urges us to consider that,
Christian living grows out of something.
God calls us to make a choice about the way that we live for Him.
We concluded, as we introduced this study last week, that knowing and understanding God’s will for our lives was never meant to be a mystery.
Knowing and understanding God’s will for our lives is the result of living a life that’s been offered to God willingly.
The beauty of the will of God is not only is it not a mystery, it’s for everyone!
The will of God is for everyone. And furthermore, the will of God is the word of God.
So, how do we make decisions? How do we figure out what our guide and compass should be as we trying to figure out what decisions we should be making? How do we make sure we are in the will of God?
Well, the will of God starts with God…And God’s voice, his very Word is in the Bible…So, the will of God is the word of God.
And as we consider this truth that the Will of God for my life is found in the Word of God we uncover two absolutes. These two absolutes cover two absolutes regarding God’s Will for your life. According to the Scriptures, according to His Word, His Voice that He has left for us preserved in the Bible we can conclude these two absolutes…
Absolute Number One:
It is God’s Will for You to be Saved
God offers salvation to all.
Isaiah 45:22 (NIV)
“Turn to me and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other.
Matthew 11:28 (NIV)
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Acts 17:30 (NIV)
In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent.
1st Timothy 2:3-4
3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior,
4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.
2nd Peter 3:9
…he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
Absolute Number Two:
It’s is God will for you to be sanctified.
God’s absolute will for your life is to be saved and to be sanctified. We discussed this briefly two weeks ago. Once you grasp what sanctification is, you’ll have plenty to keep you busy doing God’s will for the rest of your life. Every morning when you wake up, you can ask, “What’s God’s will for me today?” And the answer is the same every morning: My sanctification. That’s an awesome, biblical answer that will more than occupy you all day.
Sanctification is the lifelong process in which Christ-followers are refined and increasing conformed to the behavior pattern of Jesus Christ.
Look at Romans 12 again.
Romans 12:1-2 (NIV)
1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.
2 Do not conform 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.
Sanctification is the work of God in the lives of forgiven sinners that takes them step by step away from selfish, sinful patterns of living and more and more into a life that is wholly holy and sets apart entirely for the glory of Jesus Christ. To be sanctified is to live in complete, continuous submission to Him.
God’s will is that we should be saved and sanctified, but our lives don’t magically become perfect without issues or problems. God uses hardship to shape and show our character. Christians go through the very same things that everyone else goes through. Christians get sick. Christians lose loved ones. Christian go through financial hardship. Christians suffer.
God sees to it Himself, because He wants to display the splendor of who He is through the amazing, supernatural contrast between our lives and the lives of those who don’t truly know Him. Our sanctification is God refining us over time. Of course, the refining process doesn’t mean we go through the refining process perfectly.
The guidelines in Scripture aren’t meant to confine us; they protect us and give us fulfilled lives.
When we choose to ignore the protection God offers within Scriptures, we climb over the fence and into the darkness. When we disregard the Bible’s guidelines, we can expect the appropriate results. God’s Word is designed for your protection and for your fulfillment of the life God designed. The options are simple: be protected and be fulfilled. Or, go through life unprotected and unfulfilled.