“What is God’s will for my life?”
I get asked that question often. People wonder, “Am I doing the right thing? Is this where God wants me?”
Why are we so obsessed with whether or not we’re doing God’s will? Or, maybe a better question is, “What IS God’s will…?”
This Sunday, we’ll look at the 2nd part of our congregation’s 150 year old mission by focusing on the phrase: Carry Out His Will.
In order to appropriately “carry out His will” we would be right in trying to find a way to define what His will is.
This coming Sunday is also the Day of Pentecost in the church calendar, and by studying the events of this day, we get a good idea of what God’s will is for His Church. What happened on the Day of Pentecost? Jesus sent the Holy Spirit into His Church to open their minds to the Scriptures, to understand the purpose for which Jesus came, and to boldly go and speak this truth into the world.
What is God’s will for your life? What if it is really just this simple.
- That you know He is your creator and you belong to Him.
- That you be baptized into the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.
- That you read and learn the Scriptures to understand what God has revealed to us.
- And then, that you boldly go and speak this truth into the world while you live.
“But what about all the details of my life decisions?!?!”
“Am I making HIS decision or MINE?”
I suppose it’s okay to ask those questions in prayer. But, often, in the end, guess what – you can’t mess up God’s will. His will will always be accomplished. That’s what makes Him God.
Nevertheless, we seek His will. We delight in His will. We pray boldly along with Jesus the night of his arrest, “Not my will but yours be done (Luke 22:42).”
I pray that you rest in the fact that His will means you have eternal life through the death and resurrection of Jesus. And then, in the end, go tell some people about Jesus.
Alive in Christ!
Mark your calendars: on July 23rd, 2017 we will have an official celebration of our 150th anniversary.
Leading up to July 23rd, over the next 8 weeks, I will be breaking down the Mission Statement from our church’s constitution which was first drafted in 1868.
Each week I will take one phrase of the Mission Statement and expound on it. What I pray is that we will see that we join with many who have come before us in this task of bringing Jesus to the world. The mission of the Church remains the same even in the midst of an ever-changing world.
Here are the upcoming topics along with the Scripture lessons:
|6/4/2017||Carry out His will||Num 11:24-30||Acts 2:1-21||John 7:37-39|
|6/11/2017||Assist in preaching the Gospel to all the world||Gen. 1:1-2:4a||Acts 2:14a, 22-36||Matt. 28:16-20|
|6/18/2017||Manifest the unity of our faith in Jesus Christ||Ex 19:2-8||Eph. 4:1-6||Matt. 11:25-30|
|6/25/2017||Foster Christian fellowship and love||Acts 2:42-47 (1st lesson)||1 Cor. 10:14-17||John 15:1-17|
|7/2/2017||Extend a helping hand in human need||Isaiah 61:1-4||Eph. 2:1-10||Luke 10:25-37|
|7/9/2017||Achieve our objectives through God’s Word, the Sacraments, and teaching||Deut. 6:4-9||1 Cor. 11:23-34a||Matt. 28:16-20|
|7/16/2017||Alive in Christ: worship, groups, community||Gen. 1:27-31||Rom 6:1-11||John 10:7-18|