Margin notes: What is God’s will for my life?


Colossians 1:21–22 (ESV) — 21 And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, 22 he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him,

What is God’s will for my life?

When we ask that question, we are usually thinking in terms of career, or choosing a mate etc. But Scripture answers that question in different categories. So we read passages like: 1 Thess. 4:3 “For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from all sexual immorality.” Or, 1 Thess. 5:18 “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

But our text today takes a more comprehensive and extended view of knowing God’s will for us. It puts us if you will – behind the curtain. It tells us where God is going with His saints – His ultimate goal and purpose. Where He is taking us and intends for us to land.

And what is that?: To present you holy – free from all sin and completely mature in bearing the image of Christ; Blameless – not just having your sins forgiven, but having your actual guilt removed; and above reproach – beyond the accusations of men, the Devil or even your own conscience. This is what He saved you for Believer, and this is what He will do by His power for all who trust in Him fully to finish the work He has begun.

WHY has He reconciled us through His death? For the express purpose that He might present us Holy, Blameless and Above Reproach – TO HIMSELF! As His won prize.

Now, to live a life fueled by that future, dependent upon Him. That is life abundant indeed.

Heavenly Father, enable me to live my life fully in concert with your will. Fill me with your Spirit afresh today.

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