We have come to that wonderful place where our only desire is to do God’s will. We have begun to view our time on earth with an eternal perspective and are now in the process of aligning our life with His desires. We truly desire to do the will of God, so we desperately (and often unceasingly) search for His will. This is a significant step of maturity for any believer, but it can also be a time of great frustration.
Before we were saved, we were controlled by a sinful nature. This nature manifested itself in a variety of ways; “sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like” (Galatians 5:19-21).
Through the Spirit of Christ, we now have the power to break free from the control of the sinful nature. And, though most of the sinful nature is clearly out of character with a Christian walk, the sin which is often the hardest to recognize is that of selfish ambition. Even in our striving to live according to God’s will, we continually battle the desire to achieve and accomplish.
The deception which surrounds selfish ambition sounds so good and spiritual: “God, let me do something really great….for You! I’m ready to have a MAJOR impact in Your Kingdom.” We look for God’s will as if it is some sort of mountain to climb, and then we become frustrated when we never seem to arrive at the summit. But God’s will is never a destination. His will is always a process – always found in the journey! His will is that we love Him, trust Him, and seek Him with all our heart.
“Those who know Your name will trust in You, for You, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek You.”
Anyone who earnestly searches for God’s will has a strong desire to please Him. They love God with all their heart and are leaning on Him for guidance like never before. This love and trust mean more to God than anything we could ever accomplish. But God allows us to search, because the search is what brings us to His throne.
We must continue to seek His desire for our life and always be prepared to follow where He leads. But we must also strip back the layers of pride which require an achievement of something grand. We have found His perfect will when we walk in humble submission, with a thankful and loving heart, and are actively involved in the search.
Have a Christ Centered Day!
God’s Daily Word Ministries
**** Reading Plan ****
Aug 1 2 Chronicles 30:1-31:21; Romans 15:1-22; Psalm 25:1-11; Proverbs 20:13-15