God's will for me today

God's will for me Today - Bethany Turner

Does God care about the little things we do? We often talk about wanting to know what God's will is for us. But we usually only think of this question in reference to career choices or who we should marry.

We may seek to know God's will for big decisions, but we make decisions every day of our lives. Little decisions repeated over and over form habits, and habits form character.

But does God really care about whether or not you sweep the corners? Does He have an opinion about what you wear today? Aren¡¯t these things too small for His notice?

Just spider webs
During our January Bible school, all the students got a turn at cleaning the toilet blocks. This was my day.

Our breaks weren't long, and I hoped for a chance for some time alone with God before class resumed. So I wanted to get that block cleaned and get out of there quick time! But I heard the quiet insistent voice of my conscience reminding me to do my job well. Half running, I rounded up the wonder cloth, broom and mop.

When I first noticed the scant spider webs in the corner behind the door, I quickly reasoned that I could leave them. No-one would notice them.

Then, flashed into my mind the words of the apostle Paul, ¡°Not with eyeservice... but as to the Lord.¡± and the question, Am I doing my job for what people will see or to please my heavenly Master?

A look in my wardrobe
The realization hit me that this question touches every area of life. Picking out an outfit to wear to church, for example.

I have sometimes thought, ¡°I know this dress is a bit snug, but it really suits me and I¡¯m leading the song service - it will look perfect for up in the front.¡±

Other times, I have remembered my solemn and grand responsibility as Christ's ambassador (all who claim to be Christ's are His ambassadors) and have whispered, ¡°Lord, what would it please you to have me wear? How can I best represent You?¡±

Do we make our decisions based on what others will think of us, or what God thinks? What is our real motive?

¡°Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men:¡± Ephesians 6:6, 7

How do you choose your groceries? ¡°as menpleasers¡± ? this is what I feel like eating or ¡°as to the Lord¡± - to preserve my body, which is the temple of God?
¡°What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?¡± 1 Corinthians 6:19

¡°If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.¡± 1 Corinthians 3:17

Does God really care?
But does God really care about the little details, such as which outfit I wear, what I eat, when I go to bed, who I talk to and what I think about and say?

The answer is twofold ? twice yes! Firstly yes, because God really cares about me that much and wants to be that involved in my life.

¡°Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.¡± Proverbs 3:5, 6

From this verse we see both that God wants to and that if we let Him, He will direct us. Notice that the promise is dependant on our acknowledging Him ¡°in all thy ways¡± - that 'all' includes every single detail of your life.

And the promise is:

¡°And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.¡± Isaiah 30:21

Often, though, we don't need God's explicit direction to know which choice would please Him. We know how He would have us choose, and it will never be contrary to the guidelines He has already given us.

Little foxes
The second yes is because every little thing we do and decision we make, has a direct effect on who we become ? children of God or children of this world; ¡°menpleasers.¡±

Every little thing is a step in one direction or the other. Just because that step doesn't land us immediately at our destination, doesn't mean it's not taking us there.

¡°Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes.¡± Song of Solomon 2:15

What did Jesus do?
Christ is our example, and He testified:
¡°I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.¡± John 5:30

¡°Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things. And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him. John 8:28, 29

In His life here on earth, Jesus sought not to please Himself, or those around Him, but He said, ¡°I do always those things that please Him.¡± Notice the 'always' ? this included every detail of His life.

Answered prayer
The apostle John speaks of the assurance the early Christian church had of answers to prayer and God's favour. He also tells us how they gained this.
¡°And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.¡± 1 John 3:22

I have concluded both from personal experience and from God's word, that the God we serve is a personal God. He is a person, not an essence or merely spirit. He made us in His image (Genesis 1:26), and He wants to be intimately involved in our lives. He longs to walk with us day to day as He did with Enoch, Abraham and John the beloved.

So let us determine that:
¡°Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.¡± 1 Corinthians 10:31

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