He wants me to go, I can’t take that job. Not because I can’t, but his desire is stronger for me. What he wants from me is bigger. So now I know he loves me. So this is what Paul’s saying. He says, “Hey, I want to find a way in the will.” So here’s the first Myth Buster that I want to give you. The will of God is based on love, not law. The will of God is not based on just law, not with rules and regulations. His will for your life is based on his love for you. You’re like, okay, that doesn’t sound very deep. But what I found this morning, at our huddle before service, is that sometimes we overlook how much the meaning of God’s love for our life and our motivation for how we live is that God loves us so much, Mt. Carmel Illinois Church.

God’s Will is Motivated By his Love

That’s why he wants to do these things for us. He just loves us. Man, he’s crazy about us. He loves you.  So now when he gives you this will, he says, “Listen, I want you to go this way. I don’t want you to do that. I don’t want you to do that.” Use that. Okay, I want to do that because I know he loves me so much. You think about your mom and your dad telling you to do something or not doing something. We all may not have children, but we’ve all maybe had parents at some stage in our life tell us what to do and what not to do. We know that it’s their love for us, that’s motivating them to do that. So when they say, “Hey, don’t play in the street.” It’s because they love us, Mt. Carmel Illinois Church.

It’s that they love us. We were walking in and we were walking down the sidewalk just yesterday and Lucas was running ahead and, we were right by a road and, and we started talking. You know, Dawn starts talking, say, “Hey, look, look Lucas. Look, stop, stop, stop.” Why is she doing that? Was she trying to hold him back? No. Her love for him wanted to keep him safe. That’s why we know the will of God is the love of God. Just know that that the will of God for my life is the love of God for my life, Mt. Carmel Illinois Church.

 

That’s what he says. He said, I want to give you that. This has been the way it is from the beginning in Genesis. His desire from the beginning was relationship with us. Let me read to you in Genesis chapter 1:26. We have to pick up the pace here a little bit.

Genesis 1:26. Here’s what it says. In the very beginning God created man. It says, God said, let us make man and woman in our image and according to our likeness, let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, over the cattle so they can eat steak over the earth and over every creepy, sorry. No letters from PETA, creeping that creeps on the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God, he created him, male and female.

He created them. So this was God’s plan. This was his will. I’m going to create, man. I’m going create woman, and we’re going to have relationship. They’re going to be like me. I’m going to create them in their image, in their likeness. So whether you like it or not, you are made in the image and likeness of God, Mt. Carmel Illinois Church.

Yeah, that exciting. We’re made like God. Not because we wanted him to make us like him. He chose. It’s not like we formed a petition in a picket line and said, we want to be like God. We want to be like God. No, before you were ever created, God said, I want you to be like me. We’re stuck with it. Now, did God have a will? Yes, and he made us in his image and his likeness. So do we have a will? Yes. So now God had a way. He said, all right, here’s what I want to do. I want to have a relationship with you. Here’s my will. Whenever they shit, but it’s my way. So where there’s a will, there’s a way. There’s a method, there’s a means here. So he put him in the garden, Adam and Eve, maybe you’ve heard the story, Mt. Carmel Illinois Church.

We Have a Will and a Choice Because Love Requires a Choice

So, he put him in the garden and gave him one rule. There was one rule in the garden. Only one rule. Here’s the one rule in the garden. Don’t eat from that tree. You’ve got a bunch of other trees. Enjoy all these trees. But this one tree, don’t eat from it. What does he give them? He gave them a will and he gave them a choice. Love requires a choice. So you’ve got all these different trees. You can eat all of them. Here’s the rule of the garden. We’re going to hang out every day. We’re going to have fun. We’re going to play some games. We’re going to talk. I’m going to teach you about life, and then just make sure one thing don’t eat from that tree. So what did they do, Mt. Carmel Illinois Church?

One rule. How many times have you said that he had one job? You had one job and you screwed up one job. We had one rule in the garden. They screwed up one rule because what happened is that they had a will. They had a will. So, now the enemy comes to him. Go to Genesis chapter 3. Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field, which the Lord God had made and he said to the woman has indeed said, you shall not eat of every tree of the garden, and the woman said to the serpent, we may eat of the fruit of the trees, of the garden, but of the fruit of the tree, which is in the midst of the garden. God said, you shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it lest you die. Then the serpent said to the woman, you will not surely die. He had that tone. Yeah, I just imagined he had a little Barry White voice or something.