“Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever suffers in the body is done with sin. As a result, they do not live the rest of their earthly lives for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God” 1 Peter 4:1-2
“To know the will of God is the greatest knowledge.
To do the will of God is the greatest experience.”
Dr. George W. Truett
In 1 Peter 4:2 believers are told that they mustn’t live their earthly lives “for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God.” In a world of self-gratification God expects His children to be counter-cultural. He calls on Christians to deny the pleasures of the flesh and to give themselves totally into His service. The will of God is that every believer would be a 24/7 believer, i.e. living for Him twenty-four hours a day and seven days a week. He wants commitment in the morning, at noon, and in the night. In all your ways you must acknowledge Him (cf. Proverbs 3:6).
Paul was a 24/7 believer. In 1 Corinthians 15:31 he said, “I die every day.” Like Paul you need to “die every day.” This isn’t a physical death. You must die to the desires of your flesh. It’s death to everything outside of the will of God. Like David you must say, “To do your will, O my God, (is my) desire” Psalm 40:8. Can you say that with David? As you search your heart do you want nothing less than to do God’s will?
Here are seven things to help you do the will of God:
- Recognize that “it is God’s will that you should be holy” 1 Thessalonians 4:3.
- Identify and emulate Jesus’ example of commitment, i.e. to do the will of the Father (cf. John 6:38).
- Pray and ask God to teach you to do His will (cf. Psalm 143:10; 1 Thessalonians 5:18).
- “Put no confidence in the flesh” (Philippians 3:3), but die to your human desires every day.
- Stand firm. “Stand firm in all the will of God, mature and fully assured” Colossians 4:12.
- Be courageous. “Do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised” Hebrews 10:35-36.
- See everything in the context of eternity. “The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever” 1 John 2:17.
“I ordered the Lord:
‘Get right with me,
My will be done,
And I don’t know why,
But prayers fell numb,
Till I learned to pray
In Jesus’ way:
‘Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done.'”
Henry Hubert Hutto