Finding Purpose in Life: Do The Will of God

Sunday Sermon Series Finding Purpose in Life


John 4:31-34


These verses come after Jesus meets the woman at the well. His disciples had left him to go find foos and when they get back and off Him food, He said He was full. He was filled because He was doing God's will. 


There are three parts to God’s will for your life:


  1. God’s universal will for everyone. This is revealed in the Bible (1 Timothy 2:4; 1 Thessalonians 4:3; 5:16-18). … There are many things God wants for everyone and we can read about those things in the Bible. He wants us to be saved. He wants us to be sanctified. He wants us to be joyful and thankful. 

  2. God’s individual will for your life (Acts 16:7-10). This is discerned through a relationship with Christ (John 10:27) and the wisdom given by the Holy Spirit (Colossians 1:9). … Some Christian teachers will disagree with this and say only the revealed universal will is the only one and that we can do whatever we want within that. For the most part that is the case, but the Bible also gives plenty of examples of God having individual plans, individual wills, for different people. Acts 16:7-10 is a good example of this. The hard part is discerning this will. There's no surefire way to always discern it. Sometimes doors just open and it seems obvious what to do. Other times, the door is closed. Jesus tells us that we should keep knocking. Getting advice from Godly people can help. But circumstances and advice from people won't always be enough. A relationship with Jesus and wisdom from the Spirit are the key. Jesus says His sheep will know His voice. 

  3. God’s hidden will. This is not known in advance. We must humbly submit to his will (James 4:13-16). … Not everything in God's will gets revealed. We often don't understand this hidden will as it unfolds. For example, why did 2020 happen as it did? We don't know God's reason for allowing it, but later we will, either in this life or the next.

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