What is God’s will for your life?

In our sermon text today (Eph 1:15-23), Paul prays that God may give believers “a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened.”  Given that verse, what would you say God wants you to know primarily? —Him.  Paul then spells out what that looks like in verses 18 and 19.

(1) Know the hope He has called you to.  In other words, have a deep conviction about what God has called you to as a Christian.  Know that everything will turn out just as God said it would, despite any evidence to the contrary.

(2) Know the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints. In other words, he wants you to know all of the lengths he has went to in restoring you to Himself: adopted, redeemed (paid the price), and guaranteed that you are His.

(3) Know the immeasurable greatness of His power toward us who believe.  In other words, know what God has done and continues to do as you pour over the pages of Scripture, as you see His work evidenced in your life, as you ponder His Son’s death, resurrection, ascension, & return.

This is what God wants you to know more than anything.  I used to pray all the time, asking what God’s will for my life was: should I take a job, or get married, or whatever.  I wanted to know what God’s will was.  And here it was the whole time: that I would know the hope God has called me to, the inheritance that I already have, and His power towards me.

One of my favorite seminary professors used to ask us if we knew what God’s will for our life was.  And he would answer that question by paraphrasing Augustine—a church father from the 4th century—he’d say, “Love God and do what you want; but the hard part is loving God.”  God wants you to know Him and all that He has done for you in Christ.  And when you do, all of those other questions become secondary; He has a way of working them out—of answering them.  Let us pray for a spirit of wisdom to know God Himself, that He may open our eyes to His glory.