1 Thessalonians 4:3-5
“For this is God’s will, your sanctification: that you keep away from sexual immorality, that each of you knows how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not with lustful passions, like the Gentiles, who don’t know God.
The most asked question of all time in Christianity is “What is God’s will for my life?” Knowing God’s will for your life isn’t always clear. It is more than who you will marry or what career you should choose. It also covers how you are to live your life on a daily basis. Paul instructs us on a significant topic of knowing God’s will today.
Our holiness is God’s will for our life. To be holy is to be like Him. The word sanctification means to be made holy or purified and to dedicate your life to God. God wants us to live honourable lives that glorify Him. So many Christians want to be used by God in powerful ways, and that can happen, but it has to start here. We have to control our bodies.
To be holy, we need to avoid immorality, especially sexual immorality. The Gentiles is a term for those who aren’t of Jewish descent, but it also came to represent those who lived ungodly lives. They would go to the Greek temples and sleep with prostitutes as an act of worship. There was no self-control in them at all. They gave into every lustful passion. Many Christians in the church were following suit. Knowing God’s will for your life means that we also know what not to do.
Be an Open Vessel
To be used by God we need to be a clean and usable vessel. When we are a clean and honourable (not perfect) vessel, he can pour his Holy Spirit into us and then we can be poured out for his service. That is where we start to see the power of God in our life. Knowing God’s will for your life is being prepared as much as it is being used by God.