What is Gods will for my life? A common question for those who care about what God would want to do in their life. The question is usually asked in the context of what God may want a person to do, where to live, who to marry, which job to take, the future, etc.
God certainly does gift and call individuals to do specific things or to complete a special task. The bible is filled with history of individuals “called for such a time as this”. Within these stories we find encouragement, wisdom, opportunities to learn from another’s mistakes, and maybe most comforting, God using people just like you and I.
You would think it would be best to know Gods exact plan and to always understand the details that surround your life. However, this is not always the case. For me, His will seems to become clearer looking backwards rather than looking forward. What I mean is Gods faithfulness is realized in the present and while reviewing the past. With a puzzle the picture can only be seen as the pieces are put together. This is similar to faith as I trust that God will put the pieces that are scattered on the table into a picture that others can look upon and see Christ. In other words, I believe God has a plan for my life but that plan is best understood when I review my life not when I plan it.
God’s plan and calling for our life will no doubt lead us to specific areas of the world, place us in certain positions, allow us to hold titles, and provide opportunity to use the gifts that He gives us. However, ultimately there are greater destinations that God desires for us to reach other than geographical locations, titles, etc. Without reaching the destinations listed below, the gifting, calling, abilities, and purpose we possess will be meaningless and in vain.
Destination #1 LIFE
7Therefore Jesus said again, “I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep. 8All who ever came before me were thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. 9I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture. 10The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
Jesus came to give us life. The thief comes to bring death. You and I are living in one or the other. Noting the differences between life and death is a great way to determine if what I am doing, where I am at, and how I feel is in agreement with Gods will for my life.
HOW DOES DEATH AFFECT ME?
1. DEATH REMOVES OPTIONS.
When someone is dead the deal is done. There is no choosing or decisions to be made, what has been done is done.
2. DEATH REMOVES LIGHT.
Death means lights out. Have you ever been in absolute darkness, so much so that you cannot see your hand in front of your face? This type of darkness will leave one in confusion, without an accurate sense of direction, and feelings of hopelessness.
3. DEATH CAUSES SORROW.
When there is death there is loss. Loss results in sadness and emptiness in some form.
Death is not Gods will for our life. If we find ourselves relating to the results of death than it is time to evaluate the decisions we are making and our attitudes. Is our heart content in Christ or does it long for what is contrary to Him.
HOW DOES LIFE AFFECT ME?
1. LIFE PROVIDES OPPORTUNITY.
When we wake up in the morning a whole new day full of decisions and possibilities are before us.
2. LIFE PROVIDES FREEDOM.
Jesus tells us that we will find pasture when we enter life through the gate that He provides. When a sheep goes through a gate it is either entering confinement or openness. In other words, being in Jesus opens up the pasture not the pen to us. Where are you living? When I think of pasture I think of openness, expanse, provision and space. In a pasture there is peace, beauty; all the room needed to fulfill dreams.
3. LIFE PROVIDES FULLNESS.
Being full of life, referring to John 10:10, is actually speaking of two different and unique attributes to the kind of life Jesus intends for us to have. The first is quantity. Not a little, not some, not even much, but it actually says super abundance. The second attribute is quality, in which it says it will be superior, or in other words, unbeatable. Are you still searching for a better life? You may not be living in Gods will.
Destination #2 TRUTH
Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ for the faith of God’s elect and the knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness–
Knowing the truth is necessary to discern between right and wrong. When we know the absolute facts in a matter we stand to be correct and not in error.
When I know Gods Word and His voice I am able to accurately apply truth in my life. According to scripture, knowing the truth provides opportunity for godliness in my life. Godliness does not lead me to truth but truth will lead me toward godliness. I will not have a desire to honor God if I first do not know who He is. Knowing the right response without having the right heart does not mean I am godly but simply religious.
Breaking free from religious actions and attitudes only takes place when the realization that the only action of mine that makes me right with God is the action of surrendering my heart to Jesus Christ initiated through repentance. Jesus is the truth.
Destination #3 HUMILITY
3Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. 4Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: 6Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, 7but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death– even death on a cross!
Humility will cause servant hood.
Humility will cause worship.
Humility will cause compassion.
A humble heart understands that any value that one has to share, whether it is knowledge, skills, finances, or care, was all given to you in the first place. Outside of our relationship with Christ we are self-absorbed, selfish, and arrogant people. Thank God we now have the capability to serve God and mankind with true purpose.
Becoming focused on the specifics of what God would have us to do or where He is leading us in our day to day is easy to do and even important. But we must remain aware of the greater destinations that He desires to be reached within our life on a daily basis. Without the life, truth, and humility that God makes available to us, any calling, position, or location will remain just what it is.
You and I may be fulfilling God’s intended plan for us (position, location, calling, etc.), but don’t forget the greater destinations to be reached that will keep us there.