Dare To Be Transformed – God’s Will Part III 01.29.19 excerpt
As I conclude this series, “Dare to Be Transformed”, I want to focus on understanding God’s will for your life. The foundation of this series is Romans 12:1-2. In brief, Paul urged the Roman church to give themselves in total surrender to God so that He could renew their minds (thinking), and thereby, be transformed. The ultimate goal is to understand what God’s will is for you. As followers of Jesus Christ, we seek to know God’s will. In fact, the Bible tells us that we can understand it. [Eph. 5:17]
Each of us face situations where we’re unsure of what God wants us to do. Being unsure can cause us to become paralyzed in our decision-making. Sometimes we believe God won’t bless us if we make the wrong decision. But we need to stop putting God in a box. He is so much bigger than our small thinking. When God spoke to Joshua before he entered the land of Canaan, He said, “Always remember what is written in that book of law. Speak about that book and study it day and night. Then be sure to obey what is written there. If you do this, you will be wise and successful in everything you do.” [Joshua 1:8]
This is a depiction of a surrendered life. The King James Bible Version says, “I will make thy way prosperous” and the phrase “thy way” means more than just a single path, it means journey, it means course of life, it means mode of action. So, worrying that you might make a wrong decision shouldn’t consume your thinking. There is way to deal with this.
Proverbs 16:3 tells us to, 3 Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and] so shall your plans be established and succeed.
In our humanness, we are often blind to our faults and our motives and don’t see everything in its truest state. But God knows our hearts, whether the motives behind our actions are pure or not. The LORD judges us on the basis of why we act because He sees human hearts. Therefore, when you commit your plans or “roll” your plans upon the Lord, there is a transfer that takes place. It is like a man transferring a burden from his own back to one who is stronger and better able to bear it. And God delights in that. When we give it to God, He knows that you can be trusted with whatever the decision happens to be.
It all begins with surrender, a renewed mind, and ultimately, transformation. This process gets us to a place where we not only seek and desire to do God’s will, but it is also puts us in position to understand His will in our everyday life.