What is God’s will for my life? How do I know that I am getting it right?

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If you have been a follower of Jesus for any length of time, there is a question that will likely be at the forefront of your mind at some point in your life. For some, it’s constantly at the center of all they do and a main point of emphasis in many prayers, which can be a really helpful thing. Yet, sometimes it becomes daunting if the answer seems unclear and can even become crippling to the point of doing nothing in fear of doing the wrong thing. So, what is that almost universal question for believers?

 

What is God’s will for my life? How do I know that I am getting it right?

 

Phew! What a doozy. Disclaimer: I am not a prophetic voice here to tell you specifically what God’s will is for your life concerning your education, career, or next move, so sorry to disappoint if that was the expectation. However, I truly think if you continue to read, you will see the beauty of what God has revealed to us and how the answer may be less rigid and more freeing than we often make it seem.

 

First, it is important to put things in a clear perspective. With that being said, let’s start with this vital truth: God’s will is much bigger than just you. It’s much bigger than just me. Let that sink in because though it may seem blunt, it is actually an incredibly comforting truth when understood. As humans we have a fascinating ability to put ourselves at the center of every story, the main character of every act. When reading the narrative of Scripture, the main character is God, the only One who has always existed and who brought creation into being by His word and breath. By our very nature, humans are dependent characters in this narrative because we only exist by being filled with the very breath of our Creator (Gen. 2:7). All of creation was made for Him and by Him in order to worship Him.

 

With God’s role and our roles being understood, the broad scope answer of God’s will for our lives comes into view. God’s will for your life and for my life is to know Him and love Him through a personal relationship with His Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus is the only means by which we are reconciled to God since His sacrifice is the only sufficient atonement for our sin (John 14:6; Acts 4:12). What a powerful story of unearned, gracious love!

 

Here’s the next answer: God’s will for our lives is to share this good news with the world. If the radical love of Jesus Christ has changed your life forever, you should be bursting at the seams to share that with whoever you meet! Besides that, Jesus’ final words on Earth were spent telling us to go and make disciples (Matt. 28:18-20). Whether our going may be across the street, to work, to school, or across the world, the constant command is to “make disciples” who obey Christ wherever we find ourselves.

 

So maybe it has been freeing to see that God’s will is truly centered around His glory, as we love Him and seek to make Him known in every corner of the world. But maybe you still have that lingering question: what about His specific calling for MY life?

 

Often, I think we make this much more rigid than God ever intended. Our view is something like a target where if we shoot our arrow towards the wrong school, the wrong job, the wrong neighborhood, or the wrong country, we have completely missed God’s calling for our lives. So, we agonize over these decisions to the point of crippling fear of choosing the wrong passion to follow. I know I have found myself in this exact situation before. Let me be clear, I think it is scripturally supported that sometimes God does put a specific calling on someone’s life that leads them towards a certain career or country. He did this with Paul as one of the most successful church planters in biblical history. He did this with Moses as he led the Israelites out of Egypt.

 

However, many more times the calling of our lives in order to follow God’s will is not nailed down to one career choice or passion. God is not a rigid ruler who sits waiting for us to make the wrong move. He is a loving Father, full of grace and kindness, who gives us passions, desires, and talents that can be used in so many ways to share His love with the world. As long as we are following the broad scope answer of God’s will for us to love Him and serve Him by sharing Jesus with all people, the specifics of living that out are free for us to choose based on how God wired each of us individually.

 

One of my favorite authors, Bob Goff, sums up God’s will brilliantly in his book, Love Does, when he says it this way, “Every day God invites us on the same kind of adventure. It’s not a trip where He sends us a rigid itinerary, He simply invites us. God asks what it is He’s made us to love, what it is that captures our attention, what feeds the deep indescribable need of our souls to experience the richness of the world He made. And then, leaning over to us, He whispers, ‘let’s go do that together.’”

Ashlee Hilburn, Contemporary Worship Director

Ashlee Hilburn, Contemporary Worship Director

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