Live Well – From the Shadows to the Substance (Quest for God’s Will, part 2/4)

Live Well – From the Shadows to the Substance (Quest for God’s Will, part 2/4)

In essence, following God, being a disciple of Jesus Christ & living in the Holy Spirit is what leads us to find God’s will. It’s not more complicated than that and at the same time it is very confusing. It takes time to learn to live in God’s grace. It takes trust to wait on God’s timing. But there is not some mystical formula we need to figure out.

You don’t need a telescope, a microscope, or a horoscope to realize the fullness of Christ, and the emptiness of the universe without him. When you come to him, that fullness comes together for you, too. His power extends over everything. (Col.2:10, MSG)

By God’s grace we learn to recognize God’s guidance. We just need to put our faith in practice and start living it out. My counsel for you is simple and straightforward: Just go ahead with what you’ve been given. You received Christ Jesus, the Master; now live him. You’re deeply rooted in him. You’re well constructed upon him. You know your way around the faith. Now do what you’ve been taught. School’s out; quit studying the subject and start living it! And let your living spill over into thanksgiving. (Col. 2:6-7, MSG)

When we surrender our life to God we will find peace beyond understanding. There is no doubt about God’s guidance. He has promised to be with us until the end of the world. He has promised to guide us as we walk in prayer. We are “to cultivate our own relationship with God” like Romans (14:22, MSG) suggests. What does that mean?

It simply means that through Jesus Christ God becomes the most important aspect of our lives. We start our day shouting “Good morning, God!” and we end our day with a whisper “Thank you, Jesus!” More we abide in Christ and more Christ abides in us, easier it gets to recognize what God wants from us.

So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.(Romans 12:1-2, MSG)

It’s good to realize that God wants us to live our lives to the fullest. We are called to LIVE. God wants good things for us. God wants to be there with us and he is calling us to partner in his work in this world. What is your place in his work? I leave you today with this Friedrich Buechner quote: “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”

Gracious God,
Thank you for being
Such an amazing, loving & attentive God!
Thank you for guiding us,
Teaching us to live in you.
Abide in us, teach us to see you in the world.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Stay blessed!

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