So often we ask ourselves, “What is Gods will for my life.”
We centre our prayers around this question, we try and determine steps in our personal life and professional careers around it and so often, we use it as a measuring stick for our priorities and investments of time, resources, talents and money.
But in reality, this thinking is rather selfish and completely ignores what the Bible has laid out. God’s will is clearly revealed in his word alongside his promises, which we so willingly cling to, at many times, the omission of his commands.
The first commandment Jesus gave us was to follow Him and he’d make us fishers of men; and before He ascended into heaven, He left us with this: Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy spirit, teaching them to obey his commands. [Matthew 28:19]
You see Gods mission and purposes belong to His people [all people, not just a select few such as the apostles, missionaries, pastors and evangelists. All of us] and are centred on every nation and people group as a whole. It does not belong to one individual or another; we’ve all been commanded the same!
You shall receive power (ability, efficiency, and might) when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be My witnesses in Jerusalem and all Judea and Samaria and to the ends (the very bounds) of the earth. Acts 1:8
When we choose to follow Christ and are baptized in His name, we die to our our old selves, publicly declaring that it is no longer us that lives, but Christ in us! [Galatians 2:20] Not only are our minds and emotions transformed but so are our wills. It’s no longer our kingdom come- my dreams, my safety, my career, my comfort, my desires– but His kingdom come- His purposes, His mission, His Plan, His ways.
Are you ignorant of the fact that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? We were buried therefore with Him by the baptism into death, so that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious [power] of the Father, so we too might [habitually] live and behave in newness of life. Romans 6:34
Wow. If that’s not pointed and clear cut, I’m not sure what is!
God is faithful (reliable, trustworthy, and therefore ever true to His promise, and He can be depended on); by Him you were called into companionship and participation with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. 1 Corinthians 1:9
Thankfully, we have the privilege of serving a God who loves us and can be trusted with our whole lives- he deserves a blank cheque- our entire lives as a surrendered offering. In him, we forfeit the right to determine the direction of our lives. We don’t choose how we spend our life, where we lives, how we’ll spend our money, or what we give away to whom.
In following him, Jesus determines these things as Lord and Master of our lives.
You were bought with a price [purchased with a preciousness and paid for, made His own]. So then, honor God andbring glory to Him in your body. 1 Corinthians 6:20
Gods concern is not our comfort, our nice life or our personal success and ambitions. His goal is not to get us from point A to B the quickest and most comfortable way that sees our comfort zone as priority. His path is narrow and His ultimate concern is that we know Him intimately and trust Him.
Trusting Him means following him, regardless of where that leads us and not just listening to but acting upon His commands.
Take parts of the Bible while ignoring others in not an option but somehow we’ve made that practice acceptable. We paraphrase the parts that scare scare us, we metaphorize the areas that make us uncomfortable and choose to obey only the parts that “fit us” and our lifestyles; All the we claim his promises for ourselves, without feeling the need to do what he says in order to have them… Like demanding toddlers who want candy without eating their dinner or entitled youth, who want their bosses salary without working for it.
In Acts 1, Paul tells Theophilus that what he is about to share is a continuation of all that Jesus had begun- meaning that everything Jesus had done up to that point, was just the beginning of all he planned to accomplish. But then in Chapter 11 Jesus is taken up into the sky. What do we make of that?
We see that Jesus’ life on earth was just the first chapter and the rest of history [between the time he ascends and returns again] will be a continuous unfolding of all he plans to do. So how then can a work which has only began be continued if Jesus has physically gone?
Through people like you and me! The baton has been passed, my friends and what began with the apostles is now in yours and my hands!
How beautiful is it that He chooses to use ordinary, broken and imperfect people to accomplish His will by giving us his Holy Spirit – to dwell in us, leading us, guiding us and helping us?!
You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. Acts 1:8
We need to understand that Jesus is still at work to advance His kingdom and this is His will for all: to redeem every men and women from every nation, tribe and tongue, by His grace and for his glory.
And He’s invited us to participate! ….. This is to follow our Jesus.
So when we think the question is, “What’s God will for my life,” the real question is, “will we obey?!”