“For we are His workmanship [His own master work, a work of art], created in Christ Jesus [reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, ready to be used] for good works, which God predestined [for us] planned beforehand [taking paths which He set], so that we would walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us].”
– Ephesians 2:10
The word predestined means that something is decreed, determined, appointed, or settled beforehand. Ephesians 2:10 says that we are created to live a life that is predestined to be filled with great things that God prearranged for us! That is encouraging, but it could also be a little intimidating if you are unsure of how to keep yourself within that predetermined path. It is important to start with knowing God’s will for your life, which is laid out for us in His word and should be the measuring stick for our decisions. We know that God’s will is for us to live a Holy life, that we prosper, have joy, have peace, and lead others to Him. Just because we know God’s will for us doesn’t mean that it is active in our lives. In order to live a life based on God’s will, we have to be consistent in our choice to serve Him. Here are four steps to walking out God’s perfect will for your life:
1. Identify yourself with Christ.
2. Submit your whole self to God and trust Him (Proverbs 3:5-6).
3. Pray and spend time with God (Romans 12:2).
4. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you; then listen and obey (John 10:14-15, 27, 1 Thessalonians 5:19)
In order to live a life based on God’s will, we have to be consistent in our choice to serve Him.
When you are in the habit of following each of these commands from God’s Word, it is easier to make Godly decisions that line up with His perfect will. Knowing what God’s will is for you is only part of the picture. When we take action and apply God’s Word to our lives we will see the fullness of His plan come into full view!
Find peace in His embrace,