The Christian who seeks to be “An Approved Servant of the Lord Jesus” must be one whose aim it is to always be in the will of God. In Colossians 1:9, Paul tells the Christians there that he is praying for them to “… be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding.”
What does it mean to seek the will of God? All Christians should pray this prayer. God wants all of us to seek His will and live lives that reflect that will. First of all, he wants us to present ourselves to Him completely. Romans 12:1 reads as follows: “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.”
It is because of what the Lord has done for us that we should want to serve Him! We need to be a people of thankfulness and gratitude. One of the reasons a Christian needs to seek God’s will is that we live in a “mindless society” permeated by Satan. We need to make sure that we base our foundations upon the Lord and His Word.
The more we draw nearer to the Lord and His Word we will learn more about His will. It is in the Word of God, the Bible, that we read and learn about God’s will for each and everyone of us. As we seek God’s will He will equip us in our pilgrimage for Him in this life and prepare us for an eternity with Him.
As we seek His will and strive to live in that will on a day to day basis, we will grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus (2 Peter 3:18). We will also be more equipped to help others. First of all, we will be able to help them come out of the domain of darkness and enter the marvelous light of the Gospel. Then we will be able to help them as they seek to grow spiritually. We all have a place in taking the Gospel to those who are lost. (Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-16)
So, let’s seek His will, and then when we find His will in the Word, live out our faith with the help of the Holy Spirit!
-Larry Miles, November 28, 2013