While reading through 1 Thessalonians with my 2017 Bible Reading Plan, I was impressed by how clear the author reveals God’s will for our lives. This stands in stark contrast with how many in the church today live, even my self at times. Often, we hear our friends, family, or ourselves, say “I don’t know what to do with my life… God hasn’t shown me His will for my life yet”. Although this may be true at times in regards to specific situations; for general Christian living, it is far from the truth. God has given us an abundance of resources in His Word. 2 Peter 1:3 and 2 Timothy 3:16-17 make this vividly clear.
Those above passages, however, are vague in a sense because they don’t give us specific things to do. That is why verses like these ones in Thessalonians are so helpful:
“in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18
“For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality;” -1 Thessalonians 4:3
They tell us exactly what to do. These verses leave no room for us to say “I don’t know what God’s will is for my life.” Saying that is the equivalent of saying “I haven’t read what He’s already told me to do in the Bible”. God is very clear about what we are to be doing as Christians. These verses tell us that we are to be giving thanks “in everything”. Are you giving thanks? If not, you are outside of God’s will for your life. He also says that we are to be abstaining from sexual immorality. Are you actively pursuing sexual purity? If not, you are again outside of God’s will.
Therefore, let us not be childish Christians waiting around to be told what to do when, in actuality, we have already been told very clearly. Instead, let us be mature Christians; already doing what we have been told.