Have you ever wondered what God’s will is for your life? What purpose your life really has? Chances are, you have asked that question before. How do we find the answer – do we just wait for some mystical voice from heaven? Do we fast and meditate until we are enlightened? Do we try to interpret circumstances as “signs from God”? Or is there a more sure-fire way to determine God’s will?
I believe that in order to properly answer this loaded question, we have to start with the Bible. If we immerse ourselves in it, we find that God has already stated several specifics about His will for us as His children.
There are some of the obvious ones, such as:
- ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ (Mark 12:30-31)
- Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven (Matt 5:44-45)
- Rejoice in the Lord always (Phil 4:4)
- Do not worry (Matt 6:25-34)
- Do everything without grumbling or arguing (Phil 2:14)
The list goes on and on. And then there are some of the more radical, scary, painful ones:
- Go… and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you. (Matt 28:19-20)
- If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. (Luke 9:23)
- Whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple. (Luke 14:33)
God is already at work in this world, and He is simply inviting us to join Him. That’s it. There, the secret is out!
Instead of asking, “what is God’s will for my life,” a better question to find the answer for is this:
Will I OBEY God’s will for my life – no matter what it is? That’s a scary thought! Am I willing to put my whole life on the table and let God use me in whichever way He chooses? Even if that means “forsaking all that I have”?
Some of the questions above are a tough pill to swallow, and they seem impossible to do. In fact, if it wasn’t for the Holy Spirit, we would be incapable of following God’s will at all. But we are promised that He will be with us until the end of time, and that His power is within us.
Do you see the difference between those two questions? The first one (what is God’s will for my life) is focused on ourselves, in a self-absorbed kind of way. The second question (will I obey God’s will for my life) is focused on God and His authority over our lives.
If we love God with our whole being, and our neighbour as ourselves, we will fight for the downtrodden, the poor, the unborn, the enslaved, the outcast and lonely. We will forgive those who hurt us. We will pray for and share the Good News of Jesus with others, even our enemies, because we care about their immortal souls. We will be willing to go wherever, do whatever, however, and whenever, because we will begin to see the big picture of God’s Kingdom. And we will find that God’s will for our lives is really quite simple – being aware of what He cares about and is doing in the world around us, then rolling up our sleeves and joining in the work. And by doing so, He will ignite in us a passion for the work He has created us to walk in (Eph 2:10). Let’s get involved!