Openness

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

STEP NUMBER FIVE:   Be completely open and unbiased about what the will of God for your life might be.

A well paid consultant told me that much of the time when he earns large fees, his clients do not want his consultation.  They simply want him to affirm what they have already decided to do.    The will of God is often just out of our reach because we have our agendas in place when we come to God seeking His will.  If our minds are set like concrete before we converse with God regarding His will for our lives, we are not really seeking His will when we pray or open His Word.  We are actually asking God to bless our will, our agenda, and the way we have decided to go.

We must have the faith to believe the verse quoted above. It is tragically possible for you to miss the will of God for your life because you do not have the faith to believe that God can make you a new creation in Christ.  Your extraordinary potential as a new creation in Christ is one reason why you must be completely open and unbiased as to what the will of God for you may be.  Seeking  God with your mind already made up could rob you of the will of God for a life that is good, perfect and the only life acceptable to your God.  God loves you too much to let you live a life that is only a fragment of the life He has planned for you.

 

2 Responses to Openness

  1. Cindy Kranich says:

    Dad,
    How wonderful to get this just as landlady broke the news that she sold our current rental. God’s will not ours! 🙂
    Love,
    BooBoo

  2. John Paine says:

    Great illustration Dick! Many of us struggle with looking for that loophole (as W.C. Fields put it)–wanting God to affirm our sense of how things should be. One of the greatest stumbling blocks in our culture today is undoubtedly that want to make the rules.

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