Choose to make God’s will your will. God is sovereign, He is the One in control, He is the maker of the universe and everything in it. God is our creator, we belong to Him, our lives belong to Him. God knows everything, He is the One in charge. We cannot compete with God and we should never try to.
We have to realize that we were born into this world to fulfill a specific purpose during our time here on this earth. We do not own this world, we do not own our families, we do not own our children, we do not own our spouses, we do not own the wealth and things in this earth; we came with nothing into this world and we will carry nothing of this world when we depart. Our families, our children, our spouses, our neighbors belong to God. The only treasures we will have are those that we stored in heaven, and that is determined by how we made use of the time God has given us during our lifetime. How we spend time matters!
We are on borrowed time. We must have a sense of urgency. Our time in this world can come to an end at any minute of any day. We really have no control over when we were born, where we were born, by whom we were born, most circumstances we encounter are out of our control, and most certainly we have no control over when we depart from this world. The only thing we have control of is how we spend our time, and how we respond to situations and to other people.
We must be good stewards of our time in this world, over things that we have been given to manage and over the people that God has brought into our lives.
What we do, what we say, what we think, how we treat people, how we carry ourselves, how we do things, our attitudes – all those matter. What do people see when they interact with us?
What does God see when He looks at us? Does He see prideful people who are full of themselves, people who think that they are in control of everything, people who do and say what they want without any sense of self-control, people who live for themselves, people who live for money and for the pleasures of this world, people who live in idolatry, people who do not obey His commandments, people who give excuses for living a life of sin, people who prefer to be recognized, praised, and validated by fellow men, people who have haughty spirits, people who gossip, slander, steal, lie, fornicate and commit adultery and all other kinds of sins, people who are vile and spit poison from their tongues and lips, people who live hypocritical lives – does He see people who neither know Him nor love Him, people who do not follow God’s Law? Or does He see people submitted to Him, surrendered to Him, who desire and strive to live a holy life? Does God see people submitted to His will?
We human beings have free will, that is how God created us. We have the ability to choose. Life is full of choices – every day, minute by minute we face situations and we encounter different people, and such situations necessitate us to make a choice. We have a choice and the earlier we recognize that truth the better for us. We do not have to say or do what other people say and do, we do not have to do or say whatever comes into our minds. We have a choice! We have free will!
We should never become slaves to other people, to things, to societal expectations, or to sin.
We do not have to be liked by everyone. We do not have to follow other people, we do not have to try to make everyone our friend. Not everyone can be our friend, not everything is good for us. We can choose what to do and what not to do, we can choose what to say and what not to say, we can take every thought that comes up into our minds captive and make it obedient to Christ, we can break free from people bondage and from sin bondage. We can make God’s will our will through Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Most people tend to be very strong-willed, they want to do what they want to do, they want to say what they want to say, they want to go where they want to go, they hold firmly on to their beliefs irrespective of what other people tell them or even what the Bible tells them – they want to feel in control. However, that feeling of control is really an illusion.
We human beings are not the ones in control, God is. God is our ultimate authority. He is the One in control.
The best decision we can ever make is to surrender and take up God’s will. We are to let go of that desire to live life as we had imagined it and realize that God’s plans for our lives are different. We have to realize that we make many plans in our hearts but ultimately it is the purpose of the Lord that prevails. We have to let go of that desire to control our lives or other people’s lives or situations. We let go and let God.
Letting go removes all those unnecessary burdens that we had carried for so long on our backs and shoulders.
We carry unnecessary burdens instead of just giving everything unto God. We are to surrender our will, our desires, our plans for the future, our plans to achieve a certain thing by a certain time, our plans for our families or our friends or our nations – we are to let go of that tight grip that we have of trying to do things our way and let God take over. God does a much better job anyway, He knows the end from the beginning, and He is all-powerful and all-knowing, He is present everywhere, and His thoughts are far above our thoughts. God’s way is the best way.
The will of God is found in the Bible and also God speaks to us in various ways to make His will for our lives known to us.
We are to take up God’s Word as it is and apply it to our lives. In the beginning, it is hard to surrender our will to God, we can be stubborn human beings, most times we think we know best. Surrendering our will is difficult, it involves breaking apart every false belief and mindset that we have, it involves acknowledging that we do not know best and that we are not in control, it involves tearing down every piece of pride and ego that is inside us.
Surrendering involves the willingness to be wrong, it involves giving up ‘our way’. It is heart-wrenching. Yet, it is the best thing for us. If we keep insisting on our own way, one day we will reach the end of this life here on earth and realize that we missed the mark, and realize that all the things we thought were important really mean nothing in light of eternity.
In the end, it is a life lived for God that truly matters. A life lived in total surrender to God is a treasure. It is God who gives meaning to life.
Accepting God’s will requires humility. It requires accepting that we are wrong most of the time and that God is always right. It requires letting go of the plans we had made for ourselves, for our children, for our families, for our marriages, and for the things of this world. And then, we take up God’s will as our will. We take God’s Word as the authority for our lives.
Pride and ego and the need to please others or be validated and accepted, the need to feel in control, excuses, and even ignorance are some of the setbacks and strongholds that hinder us from achieving God’s purpose and will for our lives. We have to realize that in the end we will individually stand before God and give an account before Him for how we lived our lives. During that judgement day, every person will be speaking for themselves.
Life is not about moving in crowds, it is about knowing and accepting God’s truth and obeying His Law without compromise. A life of obedience to God and faith in the Lord pleases our Creator, and that is really all that matters. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind; and love your neighbor as yourself – that is the first and the greatest commandment. Love!
Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 5:15-20.
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