In or Out of God’s Will

Being in the center of God’s will.

This idea is surely the subject of many sermons, songs, church discussions and personal thoughts all over the world. However, I’ve always wondered why it’s so important to be in the middle of God’s will and even more controversial to suggest that being there doesn’t mean you’re doing anything good. The best example I can think of is one of Jesus’ disciples, Judas. If there was anyone who could have a legitimate claim that they were smack dab in the middle of God’s will, it would be him. You can’t tell the story of Jesus, his life and death, without including Judas. His role was very important. Sure God could have used different events to accomplish the goal of redeeming mankind, but he chose Judas to play a critical role in the death of Jesus. Wouldn’t that make Judas pretty happy? “Hey everybody, look at me! I’m in the middle of God’s will.” Boom, a few days later he hung himself. Doesn’t seem like a happy situation to me.

Wouldn’t it be far more special, far more personal and far more fulfilling to dismiss the idea of making sure we’re in the right spot at the right time, and just pursue God? What a relief! Pray, seek, pursue the Lord. That’s about all there is to it. We all have gone astray like sheep do, but thankfully He hasn’t run away from being our shepherd. Take a deep breath, trust the Lord. Soon enough you’ll probably discover God is in the center of your will.

Anyway, that’s just sort of what I’m thinking about during halftime of Monday Night Football.

3 thoughts on “In or Out of God’s Will

  1. First of all, Judas was a part of God’s plan, but Judas was NOT in the center of God’s Will. I think people try too hard to find God’s Will and not hard enough to follow Jesus and his teachings. If you follow Jesus and his teachings then you will be able to see what God’s will is!

    Romans 12:1-2
    1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

    If you are pursuing God 100% then you will know God’s will. I would be careful saying the thing you said about after some time “God is in the center of your will” – that is wrong. I think you were trying to say that if you follow God with everything then His Will will be your will also – but the wording you used made me cringe.

    People want to know God’s will so bad. The problem is that most people aren’t willing to follow God 100% and see what that will is. They just want to do what they’re already doing and have God plop his will down in their laps. Truly following Jesus has consequences and even greater joys. Let go of stuff and things that keep you distant from God or from doing great things with God. Don’t let fear keep you from really finding out God’s will.

    1. Thanks for the reply! You are spot on about what I was trying to say, that if we are pursuing God, worshipping Him, then our will (our desires, goals, etc) will be to pursue God even more, He will be the goal of our existence.

      To address your first statement of God’s plan vs. God’s will, I think they’re both the same. God’s plan is God’s will. And I agree that people try hard to find God’s will, when instead we should just follow Jesus and learn to be like him.

  2. At Karios Roots we spent a lot of the “Fear” series talking about God’s will and the freedom of “whatever”. As a Christ-follower we’re free to do whatever is “good, true, noble, praiseworthy,etc” (Phil 4). Fear God, keep his commandants…Love God, love people and work in the freedom of “whatever”.

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