Seeking God’s Heart and Mind For Developing the mind of Christ
Seeking God’s Heart and Mind To Live His Will For Your Life
Lesson Two, Understanding God’s Will, discussed the three steps needed to live God’s will totally. Seeking God’s Heart and Mind discusses the importance of getting to know God in order to make a life-time commitment to living His will daily. Without this commitment it won’t be possible to fulfill your life purpose.
Before beginning this part of the “How To Live Your Life Purpose Series,” I want to remind you that the first purpose for living God’s Word and his will for your life is to be equipped and always ready to share the Gospel to the lost. While this is important information to know, we have to understand that to get to that place, we have to put away our old lives and live in the light of God’s Word because worldly values and actions will keep us from living God’s best. So if you’re a Christian, you have to make a choice to commit to God’s ways or your old ways.
Ephesians 4:17–19 17 Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. 18 They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. 19 They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity.
When you make a commitment to someone or something, it’s important to know what you’re getting into and learn about the people involved and what they’re all about. When I was 6 or 7 I wanted to join the Brownies Troop in my neighborhood. My mother told me that I couldn’t join because she had talked to the troop leaders and they said I wasn’t good enough to join. I felt very badly about it because I had talked to different students and they all loved being a Brownie. In fact they made it sound as if every girl our age was welcome. So to hear that I wasn’t good enough made me feel so badly I just stopped talking to most people, even my teachers at school.
A few days later my mother told me that she made a deal with the Brownie troop leaders. She said that if she would help out with the troop, they would allow me to be a brownie. So I joined, but quickly quit because I believed that I wasn’t wanted. After I had quit, everyone acted sad to see me go. They were very kind to me. I realized at a young age that it’s important to know who or what we commit our lives to or we will either lose out or be tricked into believing the wrong information.
I loved my mother and I wanted to be committed to believing in her, but after other similar situations I realized that I couldn’t be committed to trusting her. However, had I stayed in the Brownies, I would have had friends that I could have trusted and been committed to. I was very young and learning lessons, so I couldn’t be held accountable for quitting the troop so soon or for loving my mother and wanting to trust her–but it was an experience that helped to form my character.
Because of that experience, over the years I came to understand the importance of knowing what I’m getting into before getting involved in something and getting to know the people involved before I commit. Then when I “join up” so to speak or get “on board” I’ll know that I can commit to the project, people or whatever it is I’ve gotten involved with and not “quit” just because I feel like it. As an adult I no longer have an excuse for making bad choices and one of the ways to avoid negative situations is to learn what information is available to us rather than going by our emotions.
Committing To Know God’s Heart and Mind
It’s the same with God. Once we make a commitment to Him, we had better stick with him, rather than quitting Him because we feel like it one day and then looking to Him another day when we need quick help. We need to learn about God from His Word by seeking God’s heart and Mind. With understanding about how much He loves us and how He will always protect us when we trust Him, we can then know without a doubt that our commitment to Him is the wisest decision we can make. And we’ll learn how much He welcomes us into His family, even if we’ve been told otherwise as I was about the Brownies.
We should put ourselves in a position of making a lifetime choice or lifestyle without turning back. It’s that knowledge or Bible wisdom that will help us keep our commitment to God no matter what is happening to our lives. It will keep us from trusting the sources in the world that we might choose over God’s way of living because we believe they have our best interest at heart, even when they don’t. Getting to know God will place His truth in our hearts with unwavering faith.
And while we must trust God by faith, we should also get to know Him and develop a close relationship with Him. We can’t know know God’s heart and mind if we don’t take the time to be with Him. Besides God’s Word, we need to spend time in prayer with Him. We need to thank, praise and worship Him daily for all He has done for us, is doing for us now and will do for us in the future. As you do this, you will establish a bond with Him that will bring you success in all that you do. God will also reveal Himself to you in ways that you would never know by remaining distant.
Learning About The Heart and Mind Of God
In conclusion of this lesson, we need to perform four actions in order to get to know God. We need to:
- read God’s Word
- act upon what you read
- spend time in prayer and meditation.
- praise, worship and thank God.
As we continue to spend time with God in the Word and alone time with Him in prayer, we will desire to commit to His ways. Without this commitment you can never fulfill the life purpose God has waiting to give you. You cannot live life your own way and expect God to work with you. You have to work with God, HIS WAY!
There are many places in the Bible that teach us about God and how He regards us. One of my favorite places in the Bible to learn about how God loves us and what He expects of us is found in Deut. 28:1-9. Go here to read these verses. I also have a long list of verses that will help you get to know God. Go here for the list.