The Will of God – Part 2

No one can do the will of God unless he knows what God says. Doing the will of God is a responsibility that stems from knowing what God says. If you do not know what God says then there is no way you can be confident that what you are doing is really the will of God.
It is then the will of God to seat at the feet of Jesus and acquire the knowledge you need. Every circumstance presents its unique challenge, but knowing what God wants you to do in a particular circumstance is what secures you in doing and being in the will of God.
This means we all have to know what God says, and not just what he says in the written Scripture. What he says to us, right in the situation we face makes the will of God more realistic. This is the reason why we have to present our bodies as living sacrifices to God. In Romans 12:1-2 the Bible says, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 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”. Presenting yourself as a living sacrifice is considered a reasonable service to God, but that goes along with what God wants you to do so that you can sense and do his will in a given situation.
Doing the will of God constitutes a closer relationship with God. In Mark 3:35 Jesus says, “For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother”. When Jesus said this he was actually pointing to those disciples who were listening to his teachings. These disciples were engaged in the things of God and since they would definitely be able to know what God wanted them to do as they received insight from the Lord’s teachings, they were doing the will of God.
Hearing God’s voice means receiving and carrying out the responsibility of doing what he says. If someone does not do what God tells him to do it means that such a one is sinning. In James 4: 17 the Bible says, “So then, if we do not do the good we know we should do, we are guilty of sin” (GNT). The good we know we should do comes from God and it is only possible to do good after that good is revealed to us. This is a big responsibility because if one does not respond according to what is revealed, such a one commits sin.
When Jesus faced Calvary he made sure that what he was doing was the will of God the Father. Jesus Knew what the Father wanted him to do. Knowing what God wants you to do in life or any given circumstance is the principal thing in doing the will of God. You can only sense his will when your mind is renewed by what you hear or learn from the word of God.