“The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.”

1 John 2:17

Have you ever wondered what the will of God actually is?

Did you grow up believing that God’s will was for you to follow all the rules, memorize all the bible verses that you could, be in church every Sunday, and to give as much money as you can in tithes & offerings? For many of us that may have been our idea of God based on the actions and perceptions that were given from the church we grew up in.

For a long time, even before Jesus was born, religion believed that in order to gain mercy and to be right with God we had to follow all the rules. Religion tells us that without obedience and work there is no way to be reconciled with the Father, our God. This is a “works then grace” mentality.

God actually does want us to be perfect and He wants us to be righteous. However, God understood and knew that we could not accomplish this on our own. Paul writes to the church “There is no one righteous, not even one” (Romans 3:10). For centuries, we have failed to be perfect people and keep the Law that God had given to His people. This in turn reveals our need for some intervention. In the same letter to the Romans, Paul wrote “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).

Rather than just giving up on us and quitting on us, God made a way for us to be reconciled with Him. “all are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus” (Romans 3:24).

You see, that is God’s will.

“He made known to us the mystery of His will according to His good pleasure, which He purposed in Christ”

Ephesians 1:9

God’s will is that we may have a relationship with Him through our faith in Jesus Christ! The relationship with the Father is not earned or achieved by how good we can be but is received through faith in His Son and our Savior, Christ. At this point of understanding and receiving grace, we are spurred on to do good works because of His love and grace.

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