January 16, 2018

Seeking the Will of God

George Stiekes

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:33

If you truly want to know the will of God, it only makes sense that you will seek it. Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock and it shall be opened unto you (Matthew 7:7). Jesus gives us the perfect example of what we should be seeking when He said, I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent Me (John 5:30). The Son of God always acted in perfect harmony with the Father. That is God’s will for every believer.

Seek first God’s REIGN in your life (Matthew 6:33). But SEEK ye first the kingdom of God. Part of the purpose of your redemption was to establish the reign of God in your life. For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that He might be Lord both of the dead and living (Romans 14:9).

Secondly, seek His RIGHTEOUSNESS in your life. Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, His servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness (Romans 6:36). We were set free from sin to become the servants of righteousness (Romans 6:18). It is God’s will that we lead a righteous life.

Thirdly, seek SPIRITUAL or ETERNAL THINGS as opposed to worldly things. If ye then be risen with Christ, SEEK those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God (Colossians 3:1). While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal (II Corinthians 4:18).

Fourthly, seek to be IN THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST as often as possible, to hear the Word, to worship the Lord and to fellowship with those who love the Lord. The psalmist wrote, “One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I SEEK AFTER; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in His temple (Psalm 27:4). It is within the church that we seek after spiritual gifts for the edifying of all the believers. Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, see that ye may excel to the edifying of the church (I Corinthians 14:12).

Of course, we must always seek Christ Himself recognizing that God is a rewarder of those who diligent seek Him (Hebrews 11:6). The psalmist said, And they that know Thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsake them that seek Thee (Psalm 9:10).

Discovering the will of God will always involve seeking. Can you say that you are honestly seeking Him day by day? This being true, you will have no problem discovering and being enabled to do the will of God.

George Stiekes held successful pastorates in churches in Michigan and Washington among other places. He currently resides in North Carolina and blogs at Reverent Reflections. We recommend his ministry and republish his material by permission.

For more blogs on this topic, see our archive from Pastor Stiekes here.

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