What a good question!  Let’s start by reading Romans 12:2, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”  This verse is so rich with truth, but we will limit ourselves to that part which deals with the will of God.  We see in this verse that God’s will is good, acceptable (well-pleasing) and perfect.  Then there are two things we need to take notice of.  First, that God had a plan for our lives, and He is very willing and, even eager, that we should learn and do His will.  Secondly, only those who surrender themselves to Him, rejecting conformity to this world, can truly discover that will.  The Lord wants us separated unto Himself, to ‘sit at His feet’ as it were, and learn from Him.  With that said, here are a few things that the Lord wants for all of us:

  • He wants everyone to be saved. 1 Timothy 2:3-4, “For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.”
  • He wants all believers to be baptized. Matthew 28:19, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.”
  • He wants all believers to remember Him in the breaking of bread. 1 Corinthians 11:23-26, “For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.”
  • He wants all believers to grow spiritually. 1 Peter 2:2, “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby.”
  • He wants all believers to gather together often for worship, mutual edification and encouragement. Hebrews 10:25, “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”
  • He wants us all to read His Word. John 5:39, “Search the scriptures…they are they which testify of me.”
  • He wants us to walk in His truth. 3 John 4, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.”

This is only a small list of the Lord’s will for us.  We can rest assured, without question that the Lord wants this from each one of us.  As we study His Word, we will become aware of other things the Lord desires from every believer.  Is this what you are doing?  Are you being obedient to the things you know the Lord wants you to do?  The Lord asked a group of disciples, “And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?” (Luke 6:46)

What about the individual will of God…the leading of the Spirit that guides us in our everyday lives?  Without saying, we need to be separated from the world and be obedient to the known will of God for our lives.  Without that, we will not be in a spiritual state where we can discern the Lord’s will.  When we are obedient to His known will, we can humbly pray, asking to the Lord for His guidance for our lives.  King David said in “Psalm 25:4-5, “Shew me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths. Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.”  Pray to the Lord, ask Him to show you ‘His’ ways, ask for His guidance realizing that He is the God of your salvation, and patiently wait upon Him to show you His will.  We must earnestly desire the will of God so that we can be obedient to it before the Lord will reveal His will.  The Lord wants to guide you, He has a perfect will for you and He wants to show it to you.  May we be able to truly repeat the words of Christ when He said in John 5:30, “I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.”  (206.2)