As a father, my goal is to raise my daughters to be great, mature, independent(able to function on their own financially, psychologically, emotionally, and relationally) Godly decision-makers. We would all admit this to be a great goal for our kids. Our teenagers now realize this is a great goal for them to strive for themselves as well.
However, when they were smaller kids(and sometimes last week)…and they want too stay up late…have ice cream for dinner every night…sleep in all day in the summer…leave their chores to their mom to do…not do their homework, or just rush through it…really any short cut in life…having that great goal in mind, or at least a healthy strategy to achieve it, was the farthest thing from their mind or agenda.
There is no question that it is God’s will to sanctify you. His word tells us that “This is the will of God, your sanctification…” The real question; is it your will?
Are you willing to let God do everything in you that has been made possible through the atonement of the Cross of Christ? Are you willing to let His life be exhibited through your flesh? Growing up, we yielded to the will of teachers, athletic coaches, instructors for dance, acting, instruments…enduring struggles with homework, physical strain, long practice sessions, final exams, learning tough musical pieces, or many frustrating feelings of incompetence and insecurity. But we stuck with it, trusted those leaders, had faith that they willed something good for us, and their goal became our goal.
God is the greatest coach, teacher, parent….ever. His will is more than you could imagine for you, so make it yours.
Today, examine whether you really want the best for your life. If you answered “Yes”, are you following God’s plan and using His instruction book as your guide? Align your will with the One who created you and knows you better than you know yourself. It’s your choice…don’t act like a child who will sell out their chance for life’s great rewards to have a little comfort and self-centeredness now.
Thank You, Father, for making it possible that Your will be my will. Thank You, Father, for uniting me through Jesus Christ to You…for Jesus making us pure and holy…and freeing us from the death grip of sin. How freeing it is to know that there is nothing in this universe that can separate me from Your love. Help me absorb Your love… to see how much you really care for me…and melt my resistance to Your will. Show me how to get out of Your way in how You work on me and with me through Your Holy Spirit. I pray this in the name the one who always submitted to Your will, even above His own, Jesus Christ – and all God’s children say, AMEN!
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
God’s will is for you to be holy…
1 Thessalonians 4:3
The LORD your God will make you abundantly prosperous in all the work of your hand, in the fruit of your womb and in the fruit of your cattle and in the fruit of your ground. For the LORD will again take delight in prospering you, as he took delight in your fathers,
when you obey the voice of the LORD your God, to keep his commandments and his statutes that are written in this Book of the Law, when you turn to the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul. “For this commandment that I command you today is not too hard for you, it is within your reach.