You know that question “What is God’s will for my life?” It causes people to be immobilized and sit waiting for God to unveil a flashing neon sign with an arrow pointing towards what His will would have you do or where He would have you go. And as a result, not much gets done for God’s kingdom. I think that is the wrong question to ask actually…it’s a self-centered question.
A better question would be “What is God’s will?” Then go line your life up with the direction God’s already moving in. You could have a big role or small role, or just be a road marker to others that they’re on the right track. God’s will isn’t about “you” and the things you’ll do….it’s about HIM. What He’s done, what He’s doing, what He’ll do.
He’s also told us plainly how we can know His will.
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is —his good, pleasing and perfect will.
The hard thing about being a living sacrifice…because most sacrifices you hear about are dead ones…is that the live ones tend to want to climb off the sacrificial altar. It’s only in continually reminding ourselves that we have died to our old way of life, that we have a new life in Christ, a new victorious life, that we can choose to stay as living sacrifices to God.
And we’re not to conform to the patterns of this world…but if we honestly took stock of our lives…can anyone tell whether we value what God values or do we value comfort, convenience and compromise like the world does?
How about being transformed by the renewing of our minds? Sometimes transformation is overnight once a person is filled with the Spirit of Christ. More often than not, the process of sanctification, or being made holy, is a life-long one. A quick check for me is to reflect on whether I’m a better person compared to the previous year. Am I a better employee compared to last year? Better daughter? Better sister? Better wife? Better friend? Am I more like Christ…little by little?
When our daily way of life reflects these elements, we can recognize and test whether something is part of God’s will or not. For anyone who’s read some portion of the Bible…we already know what He wills for us to do: Feed widows and orphans. Lift up the oppressed. Defend the powerless. Feed the hungry and clothe the naked. Give to all who are in need. Think of others’ needs before your own. Be generous. Gracious. Love your neighbor as yourself. Be slow to anger, slow to speak. Quick to forgive. Love mercy, live justly, walk humbly with our God.
Can we even say we’re living out His will on a daily basis? I honestly can’t.
But I KNOW what His will is. And now, you do too.
And we can work on living out His will every day….then the direction for our lives, the purpose for our lives, will take shape from there. And we’ll recognize the path apart from all the glittery signs the world surrounds us with.