Today you should read: 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28
What is God’s Will? ….
“I just want to know God’s will for my life!” As Christians, we talk like this. We are always looking to the next step. We ask questions like: “What’s God’s will?” “What does He want me to do?” “Does He want me to take this job?” “Does He want me to move?” And the list goes on… What is there in your life, currently, that you are seeking God’s will in?
Well, here’s the answer that you’ve been looking for! Paul tells us clearly what God’s will is for you, for me, and for all of us.
This letter is addressed to the community of the Thessalonians. And the end of this letter is specifically concerning with how the people are to act in a community. This has direct application for us as a church. We are to respect our spiritual authorities and value them in high regard (v12-13), we are to maintain peace among ourselves (v13), we are to help people to give up their idols (v14), we are to encourage those who are discouraged (v14), help the weak (v14), and be patient with everyone (v14). Wow! What great encouragements. We could take this as a list and work on each one for some time. But then Paul speaks on 3 things that we are to do, always. He says these three things are the will of God for us in Christ Jesus. And I must credit my lovely wife, Kasey, because she wrote a message for a class on this very subject. Her study of this passage is what gave me these ideas. J
Verses 16-18 say,
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
So what’s God’s will for your life? Here are 3 things:
- Rejoice always.
God commands us to have joy. He values our joy. He gives us joy. As Christians, we don’t have to feel guilty about being consistently joyful. Actually, the opposite is true! When we are joyful God gets glory. So, fight for joy. Not sometimes, not once in a while, but always!
- Pray without ceasing.
This is the idea of being in a constant state of dependency upon God. Always seek to be reliant upon God in every situation, at every point in the day. We should be praying throughout our day about all things.
- Give thanks in all circumstances.
We should be thankful to God at all times. Why? Because there is never a point in our lives that we are operating on anything other than grace. When we give thanks at all times it changes us and brings glory to God.
So, there it is! God’s will for your life! How will you align your life in accordance to God’s will in these areas?
Posted: Sam Cirrincione