We hear it all the time, "I just want God's will for my life."
Jesus Himself said, "For I have come down from heaven, not to do y own will but the will of Him who sent me." (John 6:38)
He also said, "Did you not know that I must be about my Father's business?" (Luke 2:49b)
And that makes us wonder...WHAT is the Father's will?
Through His Word, God makes His will clear.
Jonathan Edwards put it this way, "It appears that all that is ever spoken of in the Scripture as an ultimate end of God's works is included in that one phrase 'the glory of God.'"
I'll give you a few examples:
Colossians 1:16 "For by Him all things were created in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities - all things were created through Him and for Him."
He created ALL things...For Himself.
1 John 2:12 "I am writing to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven for His name's sake."
He forgives sins...For His name's sake.
Isaiah 48: 11 "For my own sake, for my own sake I do it, for how should my name be profaned? My glory I will not give to another."
Here God was speaking to Israel and promising to defer His anger in order that He would not cut them off...For His own sake, so that His glory would be seen.
God acts, God sent His Son to act, God saved you to act. In all these things He is working. He has a will and that is that He would be glorified.
Whoever you are, wherever you are, God DOES have a will for you life. He calls you to know Him and He leads you in living for His glory.
Can your plans today be summed up in glorifying God?
Oh, you have a floor to mop? Or maybe a letter to mail? There is good news! Glorifying God does not ONLY pertain to things that seem in themselves "holy".
Remember that quote I shared before by Samuel Taylor Coleridge? He said, "Christianity is not a theory or a speculation, but a life; not a philosophy of life, but a life and a living process."
Paul says it like this in 1 Corinthians 10:31, "So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God."
God's will is NOT far off or unknowable!
His will is that He would be glorified.
Jesus came for His Father's glory and in His coming He made it possible for us to live with that same purpose.
We live for that glory by reading His Word and remaining in communion with Him...Our lives stay centered around Him. With Jesus we say, "I must do His will." With Jesus we shine because, "I delight in His law."
His glory is plain to us and made known through us and THAT is His will in all that He has ever done.