“I don’t want to disappoint God. Therefore, I’m going to do everything in my power to make sure I do God’s will.” This stand or attitude belong to the mindset of many who call themselves Christian but haven’t yet heard and understood the simplicity of the gospel which is that God loves us.
I used to be there. Everytime I’d do something wrong, I’d feel guilty and “run” to God begging for forgiveness.
Number 1, God cannot be disappointed. If we go unfaithful, he remains faithful for he cannot deny himself. To disappoint God would be to move God to another office appointment. To disappoint God would be to cause God, if this could ever be possible, to no longer be God. To disappoint God would be to fire God from his throne. And I don’t see the chance of that happening from eternity to eternity.
Number 2, picking and choosing which color of socks to wear has nothing to do with God’s will. Neither the wife or husband you have now. Neither the job or school you’re in now. Worrying about which one “aligns” with God’s will has nothing to do at all with God’s will. The fact that you’re worrying alone says a lot about your need to be refreshed on God’s will. When God wanted something for himself, he came down in the body of Christ Jesus and gave it to himself. Jesus did God’s will and God was satisfied. This will is the new covenant listing out everything we inherit because of the blood of Jesus that was shed depicting God’s love for us to see that we be reconciled to him freely.
Number 3, we are to no longer do anything in our power to please God for he is already pleased by Jesus. If we do anything today that reflects God, it is not done in our power but the power of the joy of Christ, the love of Christ, the peace of Christ living inside of us in the presence of the Holy Spirit.
We are to no longer to seek to do that which was done thousands of years ago anymore. Instead, we are to rejoice in giving thanks for the complete will of God, the will that we be saved, the will that we come to full knowledge know we are loved by him, the will that we worship him without fear, the will delivered to us at the death of Christ Jesus, the living will assured and provisioned by his resurrection. His death made us worthy to receive Him. His resurrection delivers the Holy Spirit in us to love us, to teach us, to never leave us. His resurrection plants his life in us, eternal life, the eternal presence of the Holy Spirit, the life of God.
“First he said, “Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire, nor were you pleased with them”—though they were offered in accordance with the law. Then he said, “Here I am, I have come to do your will.” He sets aside the first to establish the second. And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” (Hebrews 10:8-10)
Don’t be ashamed, don’t sink into fear, instead rejoice in the sweet will of God, Christ Jesus himself revealed to us by God through the Holy Spirit.
“give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)