Usually, we think that God’s will revolves around life’s big questions: What will I be when I grow up? What school should I attend? Whom should I marry? Etc.
Hold on to your hats now … in Scripture, God’s will doesn’t focus on those kinds of issues! Believe it or not, God is not holding His breath, hoping that you move from Fresno to Frankfurt. His will isn’t written in a secret code and, it isn’t a secret blueprint for making minute, specific decisions — a master plan for your life. He isn’t hiding His will from you. He isn’t teasing you with His will by dangling a carrot in front of you to keep you motivated in its discovery.
Here’s the central truth: If you are walking in the part of God’s will that He does make clear, you are already in His will — you are right where God wants you to be. Paul was able to put God’s will in a nutshell, so to speak. Here it is in two words, YOUR SANCTIFICATION.
If you will pardon the theological jargon right now, sanctification covers the space of time between your justification and your glorification. It’s the process of a Christ follower becoming more like his Master. In other words, to quote a children’s song from years ago, we are becoming more holy “little by little every day … little by little in every way … Jesus is changing me!”
That is God’s will for us, our sanctification. If you are growing in sanctification, you are in God’s will. If you are increasingly the person God wants you to be, you are in God’s will. If you are walking in the footsteps of the Savior [imitating Jesus, 1 John 2.8], you are in His will today, which means that tomorrow, you’ll wake up in His will.
You are in God’s will if you are growing in sanctification.
This is the will of God, your sanctification … 1 Thessalonians 4.3