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March 28, 2005, Herald Journal
Pastor's Column

Come into the freshness of God’s will

By Rev. David Sorensen, Evangelical Lutheran Church,

Knowing and doing God’s will is not optional, not in these days.

The apostle Paul’s words to the Christians in Ephesus are also for Christians today: “Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise, but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.” (Ephesians 5:15-17)

There is no magic formula for knowing the will of God. But we know clearly from God’s Word that those who are touched and transformed by the indwelling of the Spirit mature into this knowledge.

“This is the will of God, even your sanctification.” (I Thessalonians 4:3)

That process of sanctification turns water into wine, and the ordinary into that which is sanctified, set apart for God’s special purpose.

“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 12:2)

We are not alone in this magnificent work of coming into a knowledge of God’s will and merging it into our rebellious, human hearts and actions. God helps us: “. . . it is God who works in you to will and act according to his good purpose.” (Philippians 2:13)

We would do well to seek the will of God daily, saying, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” (James 4:15)

Longing to know and do the will of God simplifies and purifies our motivations and our lives. By God’s grace, we come to serve One God, instead of many.

Come into the freshness of God’s will by way of the Savior and His Counselor Spirit.

“The world and its desires pass away, but the one who does the will of God lives forever.” (I John 2:17)

Blessings on the journey!

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