I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Nine words in the middle of that seem to be the question that haunts Christians throughout their walk with Christ. What is the will of God concerning this? I mean, I remember how many times I’ve gone to the Word, praying, seeking, but unsure if I was using God’s Word to back up my will. That’s how we are as humans, isn’t it? We’re good at justifying our own desires–deluding ourselves that the Lord’s will is paramount in our minds.
I don’t think I’ve cornered the market on discerning the will of God for my life much less anyone else’s, but I have found a question that I like to ask myself after I’ve discerned that it indeed is supported by scripture. So, I now look to Luke 10:27 to help me judge the truth in my heart.
And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”
I mean the Bible tells us to go into the world and make disciples of all nations. However, is me going into foreign missions because I have a personal desire to “do something big” or because by doing this I am loving the Lord with ALL my heart, soul, mind, and strength? Am I loving my neighbor as myself or just loving myself?”
Yeah, it’s not rocket science, nor is it full proof, but it helps. It reminds me that in discerning God’s will, I need to be seeking to glorify HIM… and not feeding my flesh. I need to remember that my flesh sometimes wants what SEEMS scriptural or “spiritual” but is often just full of self. Who am I kidding. I’m usually full of self. Looking to Luke 10:27 HELPS take my focus off myself. It isn’t full proof, but it helps.
How do you help discern between “spiritual-sounding” desires of the flesh and the true will of God?