“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” ~Jeremiah 29:11
The above verse is my favorite Bible verse because the very first time I read it, it made me understand that God is a personal God, so personal that He actually thinks thoughts about me. This is mind boggling that the Creator of the Universe thinks thoughts about me! He actually has plans for me, here in this earthly life, as well as my eternal future.
God truly cares about our lives here on this earth. He wants us to live a long and healthy existence so that we can be about His work as well as ours. He gives us the talent and passion to do certain things. If we listen to His guidance, we will live a life of passion—passion not only in our earthy work but also in our willingness to find and pursue our heavenly mission as well. If we really care about one another the way He wants us to, we will be earnestly following His lead in our efforts to help others understand who He is!
“Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all. See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” ~1 Thessalonians 5:14-18
Reaching out to others in every possible way is clearly God’s will for us. But, the pray without ceasing thing has always messed with my head. I just couldn’t see how I would get anything done if I was doing was sitting and praying 24/7! Until, that is, I understood what Paul was really talking about, the fact that we are to be in a state of constant communication with God—a continual, unceasing conversation about every single aspect of our lives.
God clearly spells out His will for us many times throughout the pages of His Holy Scripture. God’s will for us is that we trust and love Him with everything in us. We must be obedient to Him and all of His Commandments. We must accept His gift of eternal life through the salvation of Jesus Christ, as well as loving others enough to share this good news with everyone. Loving our neighbor as ourself means we love them so much that we want them to hear the message that Jesus is returning soon—that we must make up our minds right here and now if we want His free gift of eternal life.
For whatever reason, sharing with others is the most challenging part for most of us. I’m just not a door to door evangelist kind of person. Nothing is more awkward to me than trying to start a Jesus conversation with a stranger. However, reaching out to an untold number of souls with this blog is the easiest thing in the world for me.
You see, God put this mission on my heart through a very long chain of events, including the fact that I’m married to a man that loves creating websites and has a passion for studying search engine optimization. Nevertheless, this is my God-given mission, and I absolutely love doing it because He gave me the ability and the passion way before He gave me the job!
Loving God, the key to His will . . . !
“And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” ~Mark 12:30-31
- Loving God with all your heart is spending time with Him, in His word, and in prayer talking to Him. God tells us to, “Trust in the Lord with all our heart.”
- Loving God with all of your soul is that emotional connection. Reaching out with your deepest feelings of both joy and fear—feeling gratitude with all your heart and, most importantly, praising Him for everything!
- Loving God with all your mind is to consciously renew your mind with the Word of God.
- Loving God with all of your strength is to keep His commandments, which means to obey His Word and do what He tells us to do.
The long and the short of God’s will for us is that we hold onto Him— that we have an unbreakable bond and an eternal relationship. He cares about every aspect of our lives in the here and now, but His ultimate goal is to keep us to the end to spend eternity together.
“For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.” ~John 2:16
We must turn away from the ways of this world. Satan is the god of this age, the ruler of this world. He is doing everything in his power to take us from Jesus. He wants us to permanently fall away from God—to get so angry with the Lord that we turn away and never return because that’s the only way he can hurt Jesus. Satan uses us as pawns, he has no other way to harm God, only to harm us and then watch Jesus cry.
"Whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them." ~2 Corinthians 4:4
God’s will for us is the culmination of everything that He wants to give us , eternally as well as here in this life. He wants us to pray and take all of our needs to Him. He wants us to have a deep friendship and a close loving relationship—so close that no matter what might be happening—no matter how crazy things might get, we trust Him and know that He has our very best interest at heart.
Jesus is in love with us—He wants to get married and live together forever—that is His will for our lives! And this is exactly why He compares His love for us, His undying affection, to the love of a groom toward His bride.
He wants us to continually talk to Him because He loves us and wants to commune with us. Just like a husband and wife—that’s why He compares His desired relationship with us to that of a bride and groom.
Jesus is comparing himself to the groom and us to the bride regarding the close, intimate relationship that He desires to have with us to express to us how very much he loves us. The only way we can have that kind of intimacy with God is to have non-stop communication with Him, have total faith and trust in everything He tells us, as well as always keep our word to Him and apologize when we don’t. Apologizing and accepting His forgiveness seems to be the secret to keeping this close relationship alive.
If we embrace God’s will for our lives, we will become empowered to do whatever it is that the Lord wants us to do because when we’re aligned with Him and His plan, He’s behind us 100%. Jesus tells us that we will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon us. He was talking to His disciples when He said this, but this also applies to us as well, we are His disciples of this age.
“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” ~Acts 1:8
God’s will for us manifests as soon as we let Him into our hearts! The Lord’s Prayer says “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven…” Jesus clearly tells us what the kingdom of God means in the following verse.
“. . . for indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.” ~Luke 17:21
We will be empowered to do God’s will once the Spirit of God is residing in us, once we accept the invitation from Jesus and open the door of our heart when He knocks. Because once He’s in us, there’s no stopping us—once we surrender our will for His will, we’ll have unimaginable success.
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” ~Revelation 3:20
Q: Do you know what your God given job is?
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