Doing the will of God as bond-servants of God

As individuals called to serve in the Body of Christ, we are ever seeking to find and to do the will of God, as the Verse of the Day for November 13, 2017 gets our attention:.

1 Peter 2:15-16 (Amplified Bible):

15 For it is the will of God that by doing right you may silence (muzzle, gag) the [culpable] ignorance and irresponsible criticisms of foolish people. 16 Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover or pretext for evil, but [use it and live] as bond-servants of God.

A number of recent blog posts have focused on the will of God, and this particular passage opens by stating how the will of God can be done in this instance. The closing verse offers the context by which we are to accomplish God’s will: “as bond-servants of God.” Several blog entries have also touched up this designation. As a bond-slave of the Lord, endeavoring to do the will of God, here are more reflections on the subject of the will of God:

The Verse of the Day specifically indicates God’s will or His intention for believers: that our lives should be of such a sterling character that they silence the ignorant charges and baseless accusations of the foolish, the accusers of the brethren. God desires that each individual give heed to the words of master teacher, Parker J. Palmer, who writes “Let your life speak,” echoing the words of Jesus Christ who admonishes:

“Let your life so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”(Matthew 5:13)

The Verse of the Day leaves no doubt as to what is the will of God. Two other verses also clearly reveal the will of God.

1 Thessalonians 4:3 (AMP)

3 For this is the will of God, that you should be consecrated (separated and set apart for pure and holy living): that you should abstain and shrink from all sexual vice,

Once again, the lives of Christian believers should be above reproach, particularly with regard to sexual immorality, as the Word of God so plainly reveals.

The final indication of the will of God relates to a practice that many American believers associate with the approaching holiday that takes places on the fourth Thursday in November: Thanksgiving. In its most literal sense, the term means to give thanks. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 reminds us that God’s will is that we are always thankful:

In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

Once again, the Amplified Bible provides this deeper understanding of God’s will:

18 Thank [God] in everything [no matter what the circumstances may be, be thankful and give thanks], for this is the will of God for you [who are] in Christ Jesus [the Revealer and Mediator of that will].

One of the ways to perpetually abide in the will of God is to give thanks. Every situation offers an opportunity to be thankful, no matter how bright or bleak life may be. We can always find something to be thankful for, if for nothing more than that we are alive or that our situation could be worse. We can begin with thanking God that we are alive and then adding to the long list of blessings we are enjoying at that moment. Each time we set our minds to be thankful, we are doing the will of God, which is the innermost desire of every believer. To give thanks is to do the will of God.

We offer these words of encouragement:

In happy moments, praise God.
In difficult moments, seek God.
In quiet moments, worship God.
In painful moments, trust God.
In every moment, thank God.

At All Times

I will bless the Lord at all times,
His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
Psalm 34:1

When we see God’s abundant goodness and mercy,
As we savor the ecstasy of victory,
When joy overflows and floods our soul, we will praise God.

When gripped by the devices of this transient life
And caught in the straits of rising conflict and strife,
During these difficult moments, we will seek God.

When we long to abide within a tranquil mood
And linger in moments of sweetest quietude,
From the depths of our soul, we will worship God.

Despite raging seas, stormy winds and blinding rain,
When protracted pain strikes like a knife and numbs our brain
So that we can scarcely scream His name, we will trust God.

All along life’s journey, no matter the season,
Through every why and wherefore, for every reason
Every moment we draw breath, we will thank God.

We seek the Lord and ask ourselves, “What shall we do?”
“Give thanks: it is God’s will in Christ concerning you.”
“Give thanks: it is God’s will in Christ concerning you.”

The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir concludes our discussion of the will of God by offering “In Everything Give Him Thanks.”

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