A fabulous future
And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever. 1 John 2:17 (NKJV)
We've taken a lot of time to examine the will of God. We've looked at some specific examples in His Word concerning His will for us. And we've also gone through the various means outside of God's Word that can be used to indicate and confirm His will for our lives.
So what? Why go to the trouble, and why take the time to do all this? The answer is found in what we read in 1 John 2:17: "He who does the will of God abides forever." You can't find any better reason than that. Those who live according to the will of the Lord will enjoy a fabulous future as they abide in His presence forever.
If you make it your life's pursuit to pursue God's plan and purpose for your life, you'll never have to worry about how things are going to turn out. Every time you make the deliberate effort to discern and do God's will for your life, you set another foundational stone for your future that cannot be moved or shaken. As if experiencing God's will wasn't wonderful enough, it's also establishing a reward for us in heaven that far outweighs and outshines any good thing we can ever comprehend here on earth.
Those who do the will of God will abide forever. It's important that we remember that because there will always be the tendency of our fleshly natures to revert back to our own way of doing things. Let's never make that mistake. It just isn't worth it—on so many levels.
Instead, may we always stop and ask ourselves: What does God want me to do? What does His Word have to say about that? What else is He using to indicate and clarify what His will is for my life? These are questions that will always point us in the right direction, towards a fabulous future.
Think about it…
What does this passage reveal to me about God?
What does this passage reveal to me about myself?
Based on this, what changes do I need to make?
What is my prayer for today?
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. James 1:17 (NKJV)
Consistency breeds security. If you're an employer, you take comfort in knowing that you have consistent employees working for you. If your car needs to be fixed, you're going to take it to a mechanic who has consistently performed well. And if you're a coach, you'll probably draw up a play at the end of a tight game that puts the ball in the hands of your best and most consistent player.