Living to the Fullness of God’s Will

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Contributed by Tim White, Next Gen Pastor of Image Church

The last few weeks, I have been praying over and studying through the book of Colossians, as I prepare a winter series for our youth in Impact.  The series will lead our youth through the book of Colossians, which I believe will help our students to see who Christ is, what He has done, and how our lives are transformed to His likeness.  There is a lot to learn from Paul’s letter to the church of Colossae, and as I have been studying through it, I have been hit with a lot.  But in the end of his letter, Paul says a couple of things that have struck me the most:

Colossians 4: 12, 17  12Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ Jesus, greets you, always struggling on your behalf in his prayers, that you may stand mature and fully assured in all the will of God.  17And say to Archippus, “See that you fulfill the ministry that you have received in the Lord.”

Paul writes two things to the church in Colossae that stand true today for God’s church all around the world.  (1)  As Epaphras prayed for others, we also should be praying for others – not just praying to pray for them, but to be praying that they would stand mature and fully assured in all the will of God.  (2)  As mentioned for Archippus to fulfill the ministry that he had received in the Lord, we also should be striving to fulfill the ministry that we have received in the Lord.

God’s will is simple in the fact that He calls His church to, “Not be conformed to this world, but to 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.” (Romans 12:2)   To know God’s will and to be able to live that out to its fullness, the church, those God has called out of the world, must no longer live for the world or as those of the world live.  We are to live transformed lives from the ones we ones we previously lived.  We can only be transformed by the renewal of our minds, which only comes by seeking after the One who saves and gives life.  No one can live to the fullness of God’s will or even know what that is if they are not seeking after God, spending time with Him both in prayer and His Word.  When God reveals to you His will, you are to obediently follow it, for it is good, acceptable, and perfect. God’s will for all of His people is that they live out all that He has planned out for them.

In all that I do in striving to live for Jesus, I have realized that my end goal should be to reach the fulfillment of the will that I have received from God.  It is my desire that I live obedient to God’s will and that all who God places in my life realize the truth of the Gospel and live to the fulfillment of God’s will as well.  I look forward to seeing what God will do in the lives of our students and the leaders of Impact, as we go through this year focused on transformation and living transformed lives to the fullness of His will.

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