I have been marinating for quite some time on the truth about God’s will. We all seem to ask life questions that revolve around God’s will. I have said a number of times that “I want to be in God’s will.”
I have been working on shifting my perspective from a “do-mentality” to a “who-mentality.”
Jesus was constantly redefining this mentality in the people around him. Jesus repeatedly talked about the father’s will being belief in him. We are in God’s will when we believe in his truth and follow after him.
For me, there is also a second chapter that goes with this mentality shift.
I feel like there are times in my life when I treat God like the easy-button from the Staples commercial. One press of the button and I should have what I need.
I will admit that there are times where I feel like because I am a Christian, nothing bad should happen. It’s like all of a sudden because I accepted Christ, I should be filled only with an abundance of success, stress-less life, no heartache, no pain, no sorrow, no hardship, and even no trials. Let’s just be honest… that’s called entitlement.
What does the easy-button Jesus have to do with life and believing?
As I have been reading in John this time around, it has been in my face how much Jesus had no easy-button life. Jesus was hated by many, ridiculed by his own family, challenged constantly, dismissed every other second, laughed at, scorned, beaten, and killed for being IN the father’s will.
Jesus himself knew the truth of his own statement when he said, “in this world you will have trouble; take heart, I have overcome the world.”
Why should I think my life is exempt from any of that trouble? I have heard a great response to the question, “why me?” The truth is, “why not me?”
I hear tons of heart-breaking life stories all the time and I always find myself asking, “how would you even get through this without God?”
That is the point. When we believe, it doesn’t change the world and it’s troubles, but it changes who we are in those same troubles.
What is God’s will? It is to believe in the one he has sent. He has no easy-button benefits.
How is God an easy-button for you?