Finding God's Winning Spirit

"God's Will Hunting"

February 13, 2015 | Greg Smith | Devotional

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If you want to start real trouble at a Christian dinner party start asking questions about God’s Will. You will get every reaction in the book from “deer in the headlights” to some elaborate spiritual discourse that eventually ends with “but I am not really sure”.  Almost everyone you ask will tell you that they struggle with “knowing God’s Will for their lives.  It seems odd to me that with all the things the Bible reveals there would be so much vagueness about His Will. Is all this too complex to comprehend? Is God’s Will hidden from the “rank and file Christian” only to be revealed to the “really spirit-filled ones”? Perhaps God made His Will illusive to test our resolve in its pursuit. The answers to all these questions are no.

I do not understand why so many people are confused and feel that God’s Will is hidden, complicated or encrypted.  Jesus is very clear as to what God’s Will is in John 6:40.  He tells us “For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life… .” The Greek word for “will” here is thelema, which means determination, choice, inclination or purpose.  When we talk about God’s Will, we are talking about God’s determined purpose or plan.  It is clear to me that God’s plan is to bring us back to him for eternity. In this sense our salvation is God’s Will. 

As with most things religious we tend to over-think. If we really want to be “in God’s Will” then we need to be spreading His Gospel. If we want to be on His team then we need to be helping move the Kingdom forward. It does not matter what job we take or if we win or lose on the field of play. Neither of these things alone move others toward Christ; it is how we carry ourselves and live our lives that counts. It is what we do in the midst of winning or losing that gets God’s Will done.

It is my sneaking suspicion that the real problem is not in our inability to comprehend God’s Will but rather in the letting go of our own.  More often than not, it is when our wants and desires begin to drive us that we start to question what God is up to.  The difference between us and Jesus is that when He foresaw the cross in the Garden he simply said, “Not my will but yours be done”.

So true!
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