As God’s children, He has placed in us the desire to do His will. He has given us a new heart, a new will, and new desires to please Him through His Spirit coming into our hearts, if we are born of His Spirit. Yet we find within us a conflict, because the enemy accuses us, twisting our motives and our understanding of God’s will.
In our lives, we have a hard time accepting God’s will over us, even though it is good for us, because our sin-nature is self-centered, self-willed, and narcissistic. Like young children, we are predisposed to care only for our immediate desires and wants, regardless of whether they will cause others harm or harm us later.
Proper relational patterns are built on trust, but unfortunately in the fallen world trust is easily broken.
A Scriptural introduction to what it means to be a Child of God
Was He calling me to be a missionary? A pastor's wife? Did He have some fulltime ministry for me? I knew I wanted to give my whole life to serving Him, but how? I was on my knees at a prayer meeting asking Him, “Lord! Please show me what You are calling me to be!” That still, small voice came to me, simply saying, “To be my child.”
God has begun a good work in us and will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ. Paul prays of this work (and let it be our prayer, too): “That your love may abound more and more in knowledge and all judgment, that ye may approve the things that are excellent, that ye may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, being filled with the fruit of righteousness by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God” (Philippians 1:9-11).