In the past, we’ve seen that God’s will can be distinguished into his secret will (by which God controls all things) and God’s revealed will (by which we know what God wants us to do). Now that we have looked at God’s secret will, I want to look at what exactly is God’s revealed will.
God’s revealed will is the law of God – what he would have you do. It is called his revealed will because it is not only what God wants you to do, but thankfully he has revealed it to you. It is not as though God has his law for you to do, but never tells you what it is.
But you may be asking why should I bother keeping God’s revealed will? Why shouldn’t I just do what I want, what my will desires? Everyone certainly has the choice of doing God’s revealed will or ignoring it, but you must remember that whatever you choose comes with consequences. John tells you what those consequences are: ‘The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever’ (1 John 2:17). If you do not do God’s revealed will, you will pass away and suffer eternal destruction in hell. Whereas if you do the will of God you will have eternal life in heaven. So it is obvious that every person should try and do God’s will because it is of eternal significance.
So what is it that God has revealed he wants you to do? On one occasion Jesus was asked that very question: ‘What must we do to do the works God requires?’ (John 6:28). What was Jesus’ answer? ‘Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent”’ (John 6:28-29).
The first thing that every single person on the planet needs to do is believe in the one God has sent, Jesus Christ. How do you believe in him? You admit you are a sinner and believe that Jesus died as a substitute for your sins. If you trust that he died the death that you deserve for your sins, you have done the revealed will of God and have eternal life. It is that easy.
Have you done God’s revealed will by believing in Jesus death for your sins? If you have never believed in Jesus then I want to encourage you to do it right now. There is no greater revelation given to man by God than that Jesus is to be believed. Many people will suffer for eternity in hell for not obeying God’s revealed will, I pray that you will not join them. Do the will of God and admit you are a sinner and ask God to forgive you through Jesus’ death today.