As members of the body of the Christ, God has revealed to us His desirous will for our lives. We are not to sleep as unsaved do, but arise out from them so that Christ shines in our lives. Not governing our lives as fools, but as those who are wise, because the days are malignantly evil, understanding the desirous will of the Lord. (Ephesians 5:15-17).
God reveals in Scripture many things about His desires for the life of a Christian. As we do what He has already revealed we learn how to identify His will in any situation; our knowledge of His will becomes a full experiential knowledge, not just head knowledge (Colossians 1:9).
What God has specifically revealed concerning His desirous will for you as a Christian
Present your body as a living sacrifice, Romans 12:1
This is a logical response to the fact that Christ has purchased you. He gave Himself in order to redeem us from our lawlessness (Titus 2:14). We are bought with a price and therefore are to express a proper opinion of God with our bodies (1 Corinthians 6:20)
It is a one time act, giving to God what is rightfully His. Since we belong to God we should not serve men (1 Corinthians 7:23). Regardless of what position you have in life, serve God within that position, rather than man.
Bring transformed from the renewed mind that we now posses in Christ, Romans 12:2
Not being outwardly conformed to this world, as ones who are masquerading, but being transformed from the inside out by using the new mind we now have as a result of salvation, (1 Corinthians 2:14-16 But the soulish man does not receive the things from the Spirit of God, for it is foolish to him, and he does not for himself have the natural ability to know, because it are Spiritually examined. And the Spiritual examine all things, but he himself is examined by no one. For who has known a quality of the mind of the Lord? The one knit together with Him. Indeed, we have a quality of the mind of Christ.)
As one of the members of the body of the Christ, God desires that you use your Spiritual gift.
The Holy Spirit determine what Spiritual gift we receive (1 Corinthians 12:11). As members of the body we only receive one position, therefore only one Spiritual gift (1 Peter 4:10; 1 Corinthians 12:11), which we are to use for the edification of the saints, Ephesians 4:12; 1 Corinthians 14:12
Give your self to the Lord and then to other saints, 2 Corinthians 8:5
Providing for the needs of other saints, not under compulsion or out of necessity, but from a willing and free choice. Showing love to other saints (John 13:34). Do not direct love towards the world, 1 John 2:14, but to other saints.
Serve the Lord, Ephesians 6:6,7
Not with eye service as serving man, but out from the emotional center seeking to do His desirous will with a good attitude. Our soul is the center of our emotions, and although emotions should never lead us, we also should not ignore them. We should have an emotional attachment along with the logical attachment we have with the Lord and serve Him out from our soul.
Being set apart (sanctified) and abstain from fornication, 1 Thessalonians 4:3
Our bodies belong to the Lord and are not to be used for fornication. We are to set ourselves apart unto God as fornication is not to be named among us. (Ephesians 5:3)
Be thankful for an in everything, 1 Thessalonians 5:18
Whatever we do, whether in deed or in word we are to be thankful. Having an attitude of gratitude in any situation only comes from being filled up where you are lacking by the Holy Spirit as He produces fruit in your life, which is the character of Christ being manifested through you.
We are to experientially know the riches of His opinion of the indwelling Christ, Colossians 1:27
One aspect of God’s desirous will for Christians is that we have an experiential knowledge of the indwelling Christ, not just knowing that Christ indwells us, but actually experiencing Him. This only comes from a life that is lived in obeying the Word from God and living according to who you, as a Christian, are now in Christ.
Live the remaining days to the desirous will of God, not the flesh, 1 Peter 4:2
Ask for our selves according to His Desirous will, 1 John 5:14
If what we are doing or planning on doing violates one of these revealed desires from God for our lives, then we know that it is not God’s desire for us to be involved in that activity. These are not the only passages that deal with our lives and what God wants for us and expect from us, but they are the ones that specific use the word “desirous will”. However, by seeking to fulfill what God has specifically revealed as His desirous will for our lives here and now the other parts fall into place. Such as, being filled up where we are lacking by the Spirit with the character of Christ (Ephesians 5:18); not being unequally yoked with and unbeliever – in business of marriage (2 Corinthians 6:14); walking in the light – not manifestation of the sin nature (Ephesians 5:8).
Let us live the rest of our lives to the desirous will of God, not man, nor our sin nature! (1 Peter 4:2)