The will of God. This is such a difficult and mysterious phrase within the Christian faith. I think that almost every Christian would say that they want to know what the will of God is for their lives. But, how can we find it? How can we discern what God would have us to do?
Maybe, we should try to find what is already before us. I think of what Paul told the Roman church:
For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Whoever thus serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men. (Romans 14:17-18 ESV)
What Paul appears to imply by this passage is that the will of God is NOT something we do, but rather something we are. We are to become something new as Paul would tell the Corinthians (2 Cor 5:17). Could it be that as we become more like Christ and live a Christ-like life we are then “doing” the will of God? Could the will of God be a changed life living for the glory of God (1 Cor 10:31)?
If the will of God is becoming more like Christ, then anything we avoid doing or anything we modify for our own convenience is a move away from God’s will.
I pray that we will strive to become more like Christ as we seek to obey God.