Wednesday, May 19, 2010

God's Universal Will

God's will for you is divided into two distinct categories: His universal will, which applies to everyone; and His specific will, which applies to you as an individual. You may be more interested in the immediate specifics: What shall I do with my life and whom shall I marry? But God's universal will and specific will are closely intertwined. You really can't have one without the other.

God's universal will is clear and indisputable because it is spelled out in His Word. Here are several examples:

Trust Christ. The most important aspect of God's revealed will is for everyone to be saved, to trust Christ as Savior and Lord. In 1 Timothy 2:3-4 it says: "This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth." It's pointless to talk about any other aspect of God's will until you have fulfilled His will regarding your salvation.

Submit totally to Christ. Once you trust Christ, God's will for you is to submit your life, your future, and your will to Christ. Paul wrote, "Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer 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" (Romans 12:1-2). To be continued.

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