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What is God’s will for His church?

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Colossians 1:1 Paul, an apostle [a sent one] of Christ Jesus by the will of God,

Paul begins his letter “…By the will of God” – in other words this is God’s Desire, what God wants. Why did Paul become an apostle? Answer: because God wanted it. Everything that happened to Paul in his life, happened for a reason – and that reason was because THAT is what God wanted. Continuing in v9

Colossians 1:9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you (the church), we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives,

Next Paul says, “I have been praying for this church – so that YOU would also have a knowledge of His will. Your wants should be want God wants.” Paul says I am living in the will of God and my desire is that your church lives in the will of God as well.

That’s a good place to stop and ask, “Are we praying that same prayer for our church, not just for our lives, but for our church?” When we huddle up on Sunday, and we look at the play book and the strategy on the chalk board – are we asking what God’s plan is?

Paul says, “Lord, help them to understand your will – want you want – God, help them to know you and your will.”

We all know our lives are pulled in a hundred different directions, there are so many voices and opportunities that seek to pull us this way or that – and your church is no different.  Churches are flooded with mail, email, phone calls, flyers, and visits from people who would love your church to do this, go here, get involved in this – and the church has to be very discerning as to which voices it listens to.

And of course, the best answer is – “Well, it needs to listen to God. We have to do God’s will. We need to seek his will for our church.”

And while that might sound like the best answer, with that answer comes another question. And it’s a harder question that the first… Does the church really want to know what God’s will is? Because let’s face it, once we know – once we receive our marching orders – then we have to do it and is that what we really want? Or is church easier when we don’t know – and when we can just do it our way?

Well, I hope that you’re like me. I hope that you want to know, otherwise why are we in church? If we’re just going through the motions of church, then isn’t it all just a waste of time and you’re missing out on a beautiful weekend?

I want to believe that we’re here for more than that.

And for as much as I am excited about my church, excited about our ministries, our growth and our outreach, I know that God has more. And God has more for your church as well.

I know God is a worker, he is a creator and in his plan he only gives us one day to rest – the other 6 days – the days when we are out there – he expects us to be working – and ministering.

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