God’s Will and Your Christian Duty
Text from a sermon given on August, 20, 2019 in Hudson, NC
By Brad S. Ward
Sometimes we find ourselves in a season where we question whether or not we are doing God’s will; Should I leave my job? Should I walk away from my life to serve God in some other “greater” capacity or ministry. This can be a perplexing moment in one’s walk with Jesus Christ. However, be of good cheer! This is evidence of the Holy Spirit working in your life. It is important to note that not all are called into a specific ministry or to walk away from their life, to leave their job, or to leave it all behind. God has His people in every quarter and we are needed in every quarter. We are all created of one flesh and of one blood and for those of us who have accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior we walk in one Spirit. However, we don’t all share the same skills or levels of faithfulness. Our individuality within the faith is a strength, a valuable tool for the Kingdom. Your reasonable service for the kingdom could be to reflect His will right where you are. God intends for all to hear to hear the Gospel and thus be presented an opportunity to accept Jesus Christ into their heart. This requires strong followers in faith to:
“…visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.”
God is in control of ALL. He has a plan and His will is going to be done. We don’t always know what exactly His will for us, as individuals. But, it is not everyone’s calling to walk away from their life. He can use you right where you are. He can use you in ways that you might not have yet considered. The important thing is to keep your relationship with Him alive and active everyday in order to allow the Holy Spirit to guide you in all things. This is submission to His will.
Jesus called the rich ruler of Luke, chapter 18 to leave his life and follow Him because as the man approached Jesus he perceived in the ruler’s heart that he loved his life more than God. Even though the man had kept all the commandments and lived an upstanding life keeping God’s Mosaic law, he loved his life in the world, in fact he loved the world and had laid up his own material rewards here in the earth; and the earth an all that is in it will pass away. Jesus called him to walk away from his lifestyle because it was his lifestyle that separated him from God and thus separated him from salvation.
And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God. Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother. And he said, All these have I kept from my youth up. Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me. And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful: for he was very rich. And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, he said, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!
This might be required for some who have taken up a position in life of covetousness or valuing their assets more than the Holy Spirit or perhaps those who have have taken up other spiritual practices that are opposed to God’s will. Burt, it is not the requirement for all. God has His people in every quarter to minister to those that would otherwise not hear the Word or experience the witness of a true follower of Jesus Christ, a Christian in the purest sense of the word. Those are the one’s who are strong in the faith! God will use us right where we are if we are faithful.
You might just be more of a soldier for the Kingdom right where you are than if you walked away from your established life.
A most important element of living in the faith of Jesus Christ is to do your part in keeping the relationship alive and being constantly connected to your Savior through the most powerful tool you have which is prayer and conversation with Him daily. This is how we come to submission and relationship and to giving the Holy Spirit control to guide our lives – constant communication with our Father.
When we live from that perspective, God can do amazing things with all of us wherever we are. He uses His faithful to do His will wherever they are.
Don’t let the idea that your feeling critical about your station in life or your career cause you to feel guilt or worry about being a part of something you might see as unfruitful.
The fruits God is concerned with are yours. The fruits His Spirit has given you to display while you are in the world (in, not of the world). Those fruits of the Spirit are needed right where you are because there are many who can benefit from knowing you and simply observing your way.
Galatians chapter 5 tells us exactly what these fruits are and how to walk in faith so that other believers might be inspired to do the same or that unbelievers might even be lead to follow Jesus simply from observing your example.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.”
Many stop there when citing the fruits of the Spirit. But the exhortation continues in chapter 6:
“Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. For every man shall bear his own burden. Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things. Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.”
This is the example of a believer. This is how a follower of Jesus Christ expresses the faith. It is not done through vain glorious attempts like we see, for example, often from characters like Pastor Steven Anderson or those who subscribe to the methods of the Westboro Baptist Church. Consider, for a moment, those who wear a mask of faith or use the flattering title of “Christianity” who choose to gather and ridicule the lost as they enter an abortion clinic. How might a follower of Jesus, who is walking in the Spirit, behave in that situation? By displaying the fruits of the Spirit of God.
Colloquially, we call it, “hating the sin – but loving the sinner”. Instead of ridiculing a frightened teenage mother-to-be, for example, why aren’t you out there leading her to a family that would be so happy to raise her child, or offering whatever YOU have to offer to help her make a different choice and to convince her to not allow her child to be murdered that day. Those who ridicule and riot in this case are not in the Spirit of God.
As side note, how might we make abortion clinics obsolete? Provide homes for children. Not with bombs and blowing up property and human beings; not with the ridicule of lost people, but with ministering hearts and solutions as provided from the Holy Spirit.
That is an example of how a believer – in this broken world – can walk in faith and reflect the Spirit of God. Nobody ever lead a lost to Jesus Christ by ridicule and violence.
God has His people in every quarter; in every walk of life, even inside the Vatican. His people are everywhere.
You are His and He is in control – consider asking Him to use you right where you are. He is eager to hear your prayer and your request and loves to respond to our prayers and supplications when we desire to do His will.
Be an ambassador for Jesus Christ right where you are. If you need to move on to something else, another station in life, as long you are in the Spirit, He will make it obvious and provide the way for you. Be IN the Spirit!
“Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.”
Let’s not allow ourselves to be overcome with the idea that we ought to be somewhere else doing God’s will. And let’s not be ashamed of our faith while we are in this world. If you are in the Spirit then God can use you right now. God’s light needs to be reflected in every corner of this fallen world.
And His people are everywhere.
“…if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.”
(Romans 10 v. 9-11)
There is clearly stated in His Word your only requirement from God. Believe and confess. It does not say, walk away from your life and go start a ministry. Ministry is a vitally important service, but that is not everyone’s calling. There is plenty of ministering to be done one-on-one with those we encounter at work, at the gas station, in the hospital, or how about THIS:
…in your own family!
We ought to first minister to the hearts of our own family before we start thinking that we need to make some drastic show of faith elsewhere. Ministering and witnessing is needed everywhere and at all times.
In fact, those who find themselves in a situation, a job, a city, or any circumstance where God is rejected and man’s ways are exalted have a tremendous opportunity to reflect God’s truth to people who otherwise might not hear it or ever have opportunity to be in the presence of the witness and the walk of a believer and a confessor.
The message is to be eager to serve right where you are, because God wants that none should perish.
“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
(2 Peter 3:9)
2 Timothy chapter 2 reminds us of our lot in this world, and that a little suffering is part of our journey here. But there is a miraculous blessing attached to it:
“…if we suffer we shall also reign with Him.”
(2 Timothy 2:11)
God has His people in every quarter!
Let your fruits be seen to those you encounter wherever you are!
“Giving no offence in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed: But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses, In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings; By pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned, By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, By honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report: as deceivers, and yet true; As unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed; As sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.”
(2 Corinthians 6 v.3-10)
He may call you to another place or another circumstance at some other time in the future but for this moment in time, which is all we are promised, God wants to use you right where you are.
Our reasonable service is the same thing that saves us; believe with your heart and confess with your mouth.
This is how we bring blessings from God to our lives and for our families; believing and confessing without shame or worry for our station in life.
The time in which we live – right now – is but a blip on the radar of eternity and will be over before you know it! Take advantage of every opportunity you have to reflect the light that Jesus Christ provides for all who will believe on him.
May our Living Creator and Savior bless you all!
– Amen –