Ephesians 2:19-22 – “Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, 22 in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.” NKJV
Let me begin by suggesting some things that are critical in our achieving both a knowledge of the Will of God for our lives and Satisfaction in where God has placed us.
- We Must Discover the Will of God For Our Lives.
Of course! How did Jesus glorify the Father? Consider John 17:4, “I glorified thee on earth, having accomplished the work which thou hast given me to do.” Jesus glorified the Father by completing His assignment. His assignment was to be the Chief Cornerstone of the Church and in accomplishing that He was the Lamb slain from the foundation of the World and Savior of the world.
But, what is our assigned work? Among other things that God may have for each of us is we are afforded the wonderful privilege of participating in God’s redemptive plan for the world. Acts 1:8, “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” We are, all believers, to be a part of God’s worldwide plan of evangelism.
However, I am convinced that we cannot be aware of God’s will for our lives until we are aware of who God is. Hudson Taylor, the great missionary to China, had a plaque on his wall with the inscription: “The sun stood still, the iron did float this God is our God!” Think about it, God answered the prayer of an ordinary man and the sun stood still. God suspended the laws of gravity and the iron ax head floated on the water. This is the God to whom we pray! This is the God on whose promises we rest our hope. He is El-Shaddai, the one who is enough! When I survey the names of God, I am amazed at how each name conveys a dimension of His person, purpose, power, and character.
In the industrial world, the past is extremely important concerning employee performance. The past is the best indicator of how a person will perform in the future in the natural. I suggest that the same is true of God. His truth makes it impossible for Him to lie. His Omniscience makes it impossible for Him to be deceived. His Omnipotence means He has the power to do whatever within His purpose. And His Omnipresence means He is always there and aware.
- We Must Commit Ourselves to Do the Will of God.
The ultimate cure for Spiritual Frustration and Dissatisfaction is to know the will of God and realize that He considers us special and has a unique and specific task for us. He has uniquely fitted us for the job He has called us to do. That is incredible! When we know the will of God for our lives and commit our hearts to do the will of God several things transpire.
Our Walk Becomes a Worthy Walk. Have you ever noticed professional athletes, especially the stars? Basketball players seem to bounce along whereas football players will often devour the sidewalk. Every group has specific mannerisms easily identifiable. Athletes have a walk, policemen have a walk, postmen have a walk, and every vocation has a unique walk that is identifiable. Have you ever noticed that some dogs strut, they can’t do anything about it, because it is in their DNA?
Our Lives become Fruitful. We know that apple trees produce apples and orange trees produce oranges and that is how it will always be. Matthew 12:33, “The tree is known by its fruit…” Once you have really caught and embraced the passion for the calling of God for your life you will seize every opportunity to glorify God by being what He has made you. You will bloom where you are planted.
- There will be an Increase in Your Knowledge of God, His Precepts, and Principles.
- There will be a Noticeable Increase in Spiritual Strength and Stability in Your Life.
- There will be Recognizable evidence of Steadfastness and Patience in Your Heart.
- You will exhibit an Attitude of Gratitude and Thanksgiving.
In this new place where we have been “fitted together,” we will have a heart for others and will find the burden light and the yoke of service easy. We will find ourselves being strengthened by the Holy Spirit and when the enemy comes in like a flood God will raise up a standard against him and bring us forth to victory.
It is my genuine prayer that the Lord will help each one discover their place in the building and with great contentment commit themselves to that purpose. I know that in so doing, I believe that each person will will find a solution or cure for Spiritual Frustration and Dissatisfaction.
God bless you as you go through this wonderful day in Jesus!