What Is God’s Will?

Many of us have asked God at least once, “What is Your will for my life?” Maybe we wanted to know God’s will for what we should study, what kind of job we should have, or whom we should marry.

Human nature being what it is, most of us are highly interested in our own affairs. After all, from our perspective, God doesn’t need or want anything for Himself. He’s all-powerful and divine!

But have we ever wondered whether God has a will for Himself? Have we ever asked Him, “Lord, I want many things. But is there something You want? What is Your will, not for me, but for Yourself?”

God created the heavens, the earth with its millions of items, and us. So what’s it all for? When we think of our affairs in light of His creation of the universe, we have to come to the conclusion that there must be a bigger picture, something more significant than where we go to school or what job we have.

The Bible tells us as much in Revelation 4:11: “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive the glory and the honor and the power, for You have created all things, and because of Your will they were, and were created.”

Clearly, everything God created is for God’s will. But what is God’s will?

Our God is a God of purpose

The first thing we need to know is that God is purposeful. To think God would do something in an aimless way without a plan or purpose doesn’t make sense. Even a builder wouldn’t construct a building without having a purpose for the building in mind.

In eternity past, before anything existed, God had a heart’s desire, something He wanted. And He came up with a plan to obtain His desire. This plan is God’s will, His eternal purpose. His creation of the universe and of mankind is part of that purpose.

Key words in Ephesians 1

In Ephesians 1:5 and 9 we see some key words that refer to God’s plan.

Verse 5: “Predestinating us unto sonship through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will.”

Verse 9: “Making known to us the mystery of His will according to His good pleasure, which He purposed in Himself.”

These verses and many others reveal that our God is a God of purpose, and everything He does is with that particular purpose in mind. So what is that purpose? What is the good pleasure of God’s heart?

God’s desire for many sons

Perhaps we think God’s purpose is to have many people who bow down to worship Him—but this isn’t what the Bible tells us.

Ephesians 1:5 says that God predestinated us unto sonship according to the good pleasure of His will.

God’s will, His good pleasure, is to have many sons. His intention in creating us and predestinating us is so we can be His many sons, begotten by Him through regeneration to share His life and nature. By sharing His divine life and growing in that life as His sons, we can express God, and through us, God can be seen.

But Ephesians doesn’t end with chapter 1. It goes on to show us more of what will satisfy God and fulfill His heart’s desire.

God’s desire for the church as His corporate expression

God not only desires to have many sons, but He also desires that these many sons together would be His church to be His corporate expression. This is revealed in Ephesians 3:10-11:

“In order that now to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenlies the multifarious wisdom of God might be made known through the church, according to the eternal purpose which He made in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

God’s eternal purpose is for His multifarious wisdom to be made known through the church, His corporate expression.

Although we can each express God to some extent, individually we are not sufficient to express Him fully. Our great and rich God needs a great and rich expression through His church, which is made up of His many sons. God wants to have His many sons built up together in His life to be a corporate testimony of Himself to the universe—and especially to Satan, His enemy. This church would be His full expression on earth today and for eternity.

This is why it’s so important for us to grow in the life of Christ. By taking Him in as nourishment in the Word, we can grow in Him to express Him individually in our living and to be built up together with our fellow believers to express Him corporately as the church.

Here is a short prayer we can pray regarding God’s will:

“Lord Jesus, thank You for dying for me and for saving me. Thank You, I have received Your life and am now a child of God. I also thank You for saving me for Your church. Thank you for saving me to be a member of Your Body.

Dear Lord, gain me personally in my walk with You and grow in me day by day. Lord, also build me up as a member of Your Body, and give me other Christians I can meet with and serve with. Lord, I love You and I want You to have Your heart’s desire through Your church.”


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