Happy Weekend CLMNWA Family!

I hope that everyone’s weekend is off to a good start. I don’t know about you, but I’m thankful for the return of gorgeous sunny and warm weather. I am spending my weekend working to rid my body of the remaining junk in my lungs from battling it out with bronchitis for the last couple of weeks. It’s almost gone, but there’s still some stuff lingering.  I’m trusting that it will be out of my body soon, and that I’ll be back to normal.

The good thing about this is that I’m getting a few more of these spontaneous side journey messages, and this was actually the scripture of the day on Bible Gateway.  You’ll also notice that today’s scripture is from The Living Bible translation once again.  It’s good to have other translations to help us to understand scripture better, but I’m still partial to my King James study bible.

Today’s message comes from a familiar passage in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

“Always be joyful. Always keep on praying. No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 TLB

 I think most of the time when people ask what God’s will for their life is they’re really wanting to know what He wants them to do for Him ministry wise, and the answer to that question isn’t really as complicated as it seems.  Every one is responsible for doing their part to fulfill the Great Commission, and that is to share the Gospel with the world so that they too would become whosoever’s that call upon the name of the Lord. However, your specific calling and how you are to fulfill that role is between you and the Holy Ghost.

The best advice I can give you about that is to pay attention to your particular gifts, talents, and abilities.  My ability to write, for example, has become the way God has called me to walk in my vocation, and He’s used me to reach the shores of nearly 200 nations. Perhaps you’re a writer (like me), you’re good at speaking in public, you’re a good painter or sculptor, or maybe you’re skilled at dancing.  Pay attention to special talents you have.  Maybe you’re coordinated enough to play a musical instrument or you have a fantastic singing voice. The point is I’ve discovered that if there’s something in particular that you’re really talented in, and enjoy doing that’s usually where your vocation lies. So, if you’re wondering what your vocation for the Lord is, ask Him.  Ask Him to show you what your special talents and abilities are…and then ask Him to show you how to use them for His glory.

The other stuff is pretty basic.  He wants us to study our Bibles. He wants us to talk to Him about any and every thing going on in our lives.  He does want us to be happy and full of joy, and He also wants us to be thankful and content with the things He’s already blessed us with.  He wants us to attend church regularly, He wants us to be good to one another, love one another, and to live and act like He’s our God.

No, friends, in reality the will of God for our lives really isn’t that hard to know.  The thing that I’ve come to understand is that if we have questions it’s okay to ask Him. He will help us, He will show us, and most importantly He will help us. In short, God’s will for us is to trust and obey Him with every area of our lives, and do the best we can to honor and glorify Him with the rest of the time He blesses us with by sharing what He’s done in, with, and through our live with others. That is the will of God for us.

Have a blessed day in the Lord!

Blessings & Grace ~ Pastor B