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Hearing the Voice of God and Fulfilling God's Purpose for Your Life (book by Eric Gondwe)
Part 3: THE IMPORTANCE OF LISTENING
THE ONLY WAY TO FULFILL GOD’S WILL
We are to make the most of every opportunity of being alive to the glory of God. Scripture says, “Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is,” (Ephesians 5:15-17). This scripture implies that if one does not know the Lord’s will he is foolish. The Collins Thesaurus defines a fool as an individual who is a, “blockhead,... dunderhead, idiot, ignoramus, illiterate, moron, laughing stock, bafoon, clown,...” Even the book of Proverbs gives some very unpleasant distinctions between the wise and the foolish.
God considers us foolish if we do not know his will concerning us corporately and individually. Irrespective of our status, age, wealth, titles, education and so on, we remain foolish without knowing and fulfilling his will. To him all these are irrelevant. He is only concerned about one thing. He measures all men by this one thing, this one standard, one test, one criterion: the fulfillment level of his will in our lives. This is the true measure of success and failure in life.
Knowing and fulfilling God’s will is the only thing truly worth living for. It is our only worthy investment of our time and effort. It is our only true career, our only source of employment and entertainment. Ultimately, it is our passport to heaven through Christ. And besides securing eternal life, God has promised us to pay for all our earthly needs. “Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well,” (Matthew 6:33). While unbelievers are busy seeking first all these things, God personally gives them to us believers as we seek him first.
Seeking first God’s kingdom, that is, seeking to know and fulfill his will is the first thing that ought to be considered in every plan, thought, word and deed in our lives. No place is worth living in that is outside his will. No career is worth pursuing that is outside his will. No friend, no companion is worth having that will corrupt our pursuit of his will. No responsibility or activity is worth carrying which compromises knowing and fulfilling his will.
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