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As a true disciple of Jesus, decide that God’s will is better than your own wants and desires

The Making of a Disciple
The Traits of a Disciple – Part VI

Scripture Reading: 1 John 2:1-6

Key Verse: 1 John 2:6 NLT
Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did.

When someone lives like Jesus, there is evidence of it, and people can see it. I call this evidence “traits” of a disciple of Christ.

The trait I want to study today may seem more internal and less recognizable by others, but overall, people around us can see it. This trait is surrendering to the will of God.

A true disciple of Jesus has decided that God’s will is better than living for their own wants and desires. To reach the point of being willing to surrender to God’s will, we must understand certain truths about God’s will.

The first truth is that God’s will is “good, pleasing, and perfect (Romans 12:2).

Once a believer understands this truth, it would be insane not to want God’s will. What prevents us from trusting this truth is that sometimes, from the perspective of our circumstances, life seems far from “good” or “pleasing.” This is why we must trust some other truths in God’s Word.

The second truth helps us grasp the first: God’s love for us is so perfect that He always works through the bad circumstances to make them turn out good, pleasing, and perfect. Romans 8:28 is where we find this truth of God:

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

This truth is important because bad things happen to Christ-followers. There is no reason to believe everything is good — they are not! But we can trust that God steps into everything and makes it turn out for our good!

A third truth is that God’s love for us is expansive and all-encompassing. Paul’s prayer for the Christ-followers in Ephesus exemplifies this:

… And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. (Ephesians 3:17-19)

The key to total surrender to God’s will is trusting that it is good, pleasing, and perfect. God makes all things turn out for our good because of His amazing love.

Are you ready to surrender to God’s will?

Father, I surrender my will to You out of my total trust in You. In Jesus’s Name, amen.

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