If you’re serious about God, you are serious about fulfilling His will for your life. A Christian who is not passionate about God’s will is simply not passionate about God. Through the years, many, many people have asked me this same crucial question: “What is God’s will for my life?” Like you, I’ve had – and have – my struggles with discerning God’s will, let alone fulfilling it. Here’s a secret that I think will help you discern and fulfill God’s will for your life: If you want to know and accomplish God’s will for your life, start with the black and white, crystal clear teachings of the Bible. With this in mind, as well as all that is happening in our nation and world at this particular time in history, you should be asking an extremely important question if you are an American Christian or a Christian who calls America “home.” The question is: “What is God’s will for me, as a Christian living in America?” If you aren’t asking and answering this question, you aren’t very interested in either God or fulfilling His will. The answer may surprise you. It may also change your life – and perhaps even the future of this country, and world, forever.
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Romans 13:1 and 1 Timothy 2:1-5 reveal the answer:
“Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” – Romans 13:1, NIV (italics mine)
“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people,for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignifiedin every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior,who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus . . .” – 1 Timothy 2:1-5, ESV (italics mine)
1. IT IS GOD’S WILL THAT WE BE SUBJECT TO THOSE IN AUTHORITY.
God institutes governments and government leaders. Romans 13:1 makes this clear.
2. IT IS GOD’S WILL THAT YOU SHAPE AND SHAKE THE CONDUCT OF AMERICA’S LEADERS THROUGH YOUR PRAYERS.Paul says “First of all.” In other words, this is a spiritual priority that must be on the front burner of our lives. Our prayers should be passionate, consistent and frequent. This is why words seem to be failing the mighty wordsmith, Paul. He uses the word “urge” and then characterizes our prayers with four descriptive words: “supplications, prayers, intercessions, thanksgivings.” Can your prayer life for America’s leaders be characterized this way? If you are a Christian who calls America “home” this is God’s will for you and for everyone. You can pray and adjust your life accordingly, with the assurance that by doing so you are accomplishing the will of God.
God wouldn’t waste His time or ours telling us to pray if prayer impacted nothing. The whole reason that Paul is URGING Christians to pray for their leaders is so that the leaders make decisions that align with God’s will. That’s the whole point. And, when it comes to God’s will, He wants leaders who will make decisions that are favorable to the advancement – not the hindrance – of the Gospel. It is God’s will that you have such a prayer life that it shapes and shakes the lives of your leaders – so that they lead in ways that advance, and do not hinder, His will. When our prayer lives are characterized by this kind of passion for God’s will to be unleashed through our leaders, we are praying in line with the will of God.
3. IT IS GOD’S WILL THAT ALL OF US LEAD PEACEFUL, QUIET, LIVES.Peace is central to the Gospel, it should be central to our lives. When we are not at peace, we are walking contradictions, not living sacrifices (see Romans 12:1,2). So many people today can be described as busybodies. This should not be so for a Christian. A “quiet” life is one that does no meddle in the affairs of others. It’s not characterized by the noise of gossip and what’s happening in the lives of other people, but by being “quiet,” where everything revolves around pleasing God and knowing and advancing His thoughts, heart and will. In light of this, how would your life be characterized? Is it noisy, or quiet? Is your life characteristically peaceful and quiet? If you are a Christian who calls America “home” this is God’s will for you and for everyone. You can pray and adjust your life, accordingly, with the assurance that by doing so you are accomplishing the will of God.
4. IT IS GOD’S WILL THAT ALL OF US LEAD GODLY, DIGNIFIED LIVES.Godliness and dignity are best friends. And, we are to lead godly, dignified lives not in most ways – but in every way. 1 Timothy 2:2 makes this unmistakable. God is actually pleased when His people, and ALL people, lead peaceful, quiet lives that are characteristically godly and dignified. Understand that this actually pleases God– which is the primary, all-consuming objective of your life.Is your life characteristically godly and dignified? If you are a Christian who calls America “home” this is God’s will for you and for everyone. You can pray and adjust your life accordingly, with the assurance that by doing so you are accomplishing the will of God.
What does your prayer life for America and for her leaders say about your passion for God? What does it say about your passion to see His will fulfilled in America?
5. IT IS GOD’S WILL THAT PEOPLE COME TO KNOW CHRIST AS THEIR SAVIOR.The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing. This is the main thing for you and me as Christians living in America – at least it should be. When people come to Christ as Savior, and grow in Him as Lord, the chances of them praying for leaders and their nation, and leading peaceful, quiet, godly, dignified lives that please God increase exponentially. Why? Because the Holy Spirit transforms all of life. And, when God transforms a life that life becomes a serious factor of influence. Everything it touches begins to be impacted – for the glory of God.
Don’t ever lose sight of this truth: God changes us so that we can change others. Change begins and spreads when someone surrenders their life to Jesus Christ. It is not God’s will that some come to a knowledge of the truth about Jesus Christ and yield their lives to Him as Savior. It is God’s will that everyone does so. Is everything in your life centered upon fulfilling God’s desire to see people everywhere give their lives to His Son as Savior? If you are a Christian who calls America “home” this is God’s will – all the time, everywhere, for everyone. You can pray and adjust your life accordingly, with the assurance that by doing so you are accomplishing the will of God.
6. IT IS GOD’S WILL THAT EVERYONE REALIZES THERE IS ONE GOD AND ONE MEDIATOR BETWEEN GOD THE FATHER AND HUMAN BEINGS – JESUS CHRIST.The recent firing of a Wheaton College Professor who claimed that Christians and Muslims worship the same God is a clear example of forgetting what the Bible teaches. We need to go no further than 1 Timothy 2:5 for our answer, although many, many other Bible passages reach the same conclusion: there are not multiple ways to God, nor are we all worshipping and serving the same God.
Ask a Muslim if they believe Jesus is the only mediator between God the Father and humans and they will say “no.” They must. Moreover, ask a Muslim if they believe God has a Son. Again, they will say “no.” They must. A conclusion that Muslims and Christians worship the same God is actually a delusion.
Can we, and should we, be compassionate to people of different faiths? Of course we should. Let’s not be idiots; we are Christians. But let’s also remember that to be a Christian is to be biblical. Christians are to treat people of all faiths with love and compassion – but that does not mean we are to compromise on God’s theology. Doing so would be unloving to God, which would be absolutely ironic.
If we compromise on what pleases God, we are not fulfilling His will – and this brings us back to why you’re reading this blog in the first place. A Christian who is not interested in knowing and fulfilling God’s will is a poor excuse for a Christian. Is everything in your life centered upon helping people embrace the God of the Bible, and the One and Only Savior between Him and us? If you are a Christian who calls America “home” this is God’s will for you and for everyone. You can pray and adjust your life accordingly, with the assurance that by doing so you are accomplishing the will of God.
THE BILLION DOLLAR QUESTION FOR CHRISTIANS IN AMERICA AT THIS KEY TIME IN HISTORY . . . Forget Powerball for a moment (the winning tickets were already sold).Now that you know God’s will for you as a Christian living in America, you have to ask yourself, and God, an extremely timely, practical, urgent billion dollar question. Here it is: Would you rather submit to and offer supplications, prayers, intercessions and thanksgivings for leaders who are sympathetic to God’s will, that people everywhere throughout this nation not only lead peaceful, quiet, godly, dignified lives in every way, but that they also come to a knowledge of the truth that there is One God and One Savior of all people, Jesus Christ – or would you rather face the alternative?
Think long and hard – and adjust your life accordingly, while we still have time. And, so you shake and shape history, in keeping with God’s will for you as a Christian in America. If the majority of Christians who call America “home” remain disinterested and disengaged, we will continue, with increasing difficulty and momentum, to find ourselves facing the alternative. And then we will learn how painful it is to say we are Christians living in America when all along we really weren’t very passionate about God’s will after all.
Remember: If you’re serious about God, you are serious about fulfilling His will for your life. A Christian who is not passionate about God’s will is simply not passionate about God.
WHAT ABOUT YOU, AS A CHRISTIAN LIVING IN AMERICA? Here are a few more thoughts you really should settle as our nation continues to spiral away from God:
– How passionate are you about God’s will becoming the growing reality in America? What does your use of time and resources say about your passion?
– Would you rather submit to and offer supplications, prayers, intercessions and thanksgivings for leaders who are sympathetic to God’s will, that people everywhere throughout this nation not only lead peaceful, quiet, godly, dignified lives in every way, but that they also come to a knowledge of the truth that there is One God and One Savior of all people, Jesus Christ – or would you rather face the alternative?
– If the conduct of America’s leaders and the condition of our nation were left up to your prayer life and actions, would God’s will be hindered or advanced?
– If everyone were praying and acting like you, would God’s will be fulfilled or hindered in America?
I’d love to hear your thoughts . . .