What is God's Will for Mankind?
What is God's Will for Mankind?
Praise the Lord everybody. The question, “What truly is God’s will for mankind?”, has been asked and pondered repeatedly in the body of Christ. We all know that it is God’s will that none should perish but have everlasting life with Him through His son Jesus Christ. (John 3:16) We know about the Great Commission and how God wants us to bear fruit and make disciples throughout the Earth; but the scripture that truly wraps up God’s will in a nice little package is Micah 6:8 which states:
"He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?"
The Word says this is what is required of us by God. Required means; officially compulsory, or otherwise considered essential; indispensable.
1. Do Justly
These are the things that God expects to see in His people. Number one to follow God's will, “to do justly.” The thing that most non-believers and even believers often forget is that God is a just God. This means that He is fair and impartial. It also means that He hates the ill-treatment and oppression of people and of nature, which He has created. He hates lying, cheating, and other forms of mistreatment of others. This is what we forget when we ask questions like “Why would a loving God put people in Hell?”, or “Why do the innocent suffer?”. First, the Bible says:
"For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God's glorious standard." - Romans 3:23
It also says:
"Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me." - Psalms 51:5
Because of Adams disobedience sin entered the world. Along with sin came death, pain, and suffering. God must judge and punish Sin. We as believers must also be willing to judge sin and point it out in our lives and sometimes in others also in a loving manner. See, we too must hate sin yet like God, we must love the sinner. This brings us to the second thing God requires of us to be living in God's will is “to love mercy.”
2. Love Mercy
God has shown us mercy in that while we were yet enemies of God, He sent His son to die in our place for our sin. God shows His mercy every morning when we wake up forgiven; and because we were forgiven for so much, we are expected to also forgive others of much to remain in God's will. Petty jealousies are rampant in the Body of Christ, and unforgiveness abounds which is hindering the power God has bestowed upon the church. God has not called us to this. Jesus said in Matthew 6:14:
"For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you."
Jesus tells us in John 13:35:
"By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
Even in chastisement and rebuke we must be loving and merciful, that is God's will. How can we not be merciful and loving when we remember how God has been merciful and loving towards us?
3. Walk Humbly
Finally, there is humility involved in living in God's will; we are to walk humbly before God and with God. We are not to glorify our self or the flesh. The Bible says,
"God goes against the willful proud; God gives grace to the willing humble." - James 4:6
But what does it mean to be humble? To be humble is to realize how weak we are, how helpless we are to change the course of our lives in our own power. Every time we try and fix things ourselves or make things happen in our own strength, we show God that we do not trust Him. Proverbs 22:4 states:
"Humility is the fear of the Lord; its wages are riches and honor and life."
Proverbs 16:18 also states:
"First pride, then the crash—the bigger the ego, the harder the fall."
The Christian walk in God's will is a humble walk because we must be like children whose very survival depends on their parent’s love, grace and mercy.
So, you wanted to know what God’s will is for your life. This is a basic outline, it’s not about ministry, it’s not about gifts. It’s about living the life God has called us all to live, do that and you will one day hear “well done my good and faithful servant.” God bless you all.