Sunday, March 15, 2009

Discovering "God's Will" - Lent Day 19

"But when he, the spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth." Jesus (John 16:13)

I remember reading a book several years ago that advertised itself as the definitive resource necessary for any Christian to discover God's will. By the time I had finished I was so confused that I could barely pick out a pair of pants without wondering  if I had the right style or color according to God's master plan for my life!

Believe me, it doesn't have to be that hard. There are two approaches to the basic problem:
  • One is to feel that God has reviewed every possible permutation, every eventuality, every accident or every potential choice we could possibly make, extrapolating from the various variables that might potentially come into play. We, then, straining to review or preview all of these details, chose which ever direction fits best with our emerging understanding of God's perfect plan. That just sounds exhausting!
  • The second approach would be to get to know God more deeply, more honestly, more completely... and to yield our selves to The Way. Paul, writing in 2nd Corinthians and the third chapter, suggests that we "Behold Christ (spend time in the presence of Jesus) so that we (in response to our beholding) reflect the Lord's glory, being transformed into his likeness." Additionally, as Paul goes on to remind his readers, "Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom."
Freedom! If we are guided by the Spirit of Truth, then, we are no longer in bondage to the obsession of trying to figure out the correct response to every decision - big or small. Instead, as Christians being transformed into the likeness of Jesus, we develop what Paul calls - in Philippians chapter two - "The same mind as Christ." Now that really is freedom!

What was it Jesus said? "I am the way, the truth and the life..." I am the truth. If we are guided into truth, then we are guided into Christ. If we seek the presence of God, and in so doing become transformed into the likeness of the Son, then we are indeed walking in the truth... walking in the light... walking in the will of God...

"I will send you a Counselor. I will send you a guide."

PRAYER: Spirit of all truth... Author of truth... Lead us into the presence of Christ; lead us into your perfect way. We will follow. Amen.

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