1 Thessalonians 5:18, James 1:27

What is God’s will for our lives?  1 Thessalonians 5:18 tells us that part of God’s will is for us to give thanks.  Hopefully, most of us give thanks not just at Thanksgiving, but throughout the year.  And James 1:27 gives us a heads up to take care of widows and orphans, and to “keep… from being polluted by the world.”

The above instructions to give thanks and to help widows and orphans is easy to understand, but those that aren’t familiar with God’s word might not be sure what “polluted” means in this context.  Not long ago, I was traveling home and was behind a pick-up at a stoplight.  All of a sudden, the driver threw what looked like a pop can into the bed of his truck.  On another day, my family was headed for an on-ramp to an interstate, when a passenger in the van in front of us tossed a banana peel onto an intersecting road.  So is the Bible saying we should look out for things like airborne pop cans or slippery banana peels?  Although those things could make us physically dirty, God’s word is warning us to stay away from sinful stuff that could spiritually pollute us.  For instance, someone who follows God should make a choice to check a Christian movie review site before deciding to watch a movie.

This is not a comprehensive post on God’s will, but it’s good to start thinking about what God wants as we race towards the end of 2014.  Godspeed!