How many times have we all wondered what God wants us to do with our life, and secretly wished for a burning bush experience?
There are three parts to answering the question about finding God’s will for my life. Today we’ll speak about point no 3 in detail.
- Generally, what does God want from every person?
- What does God uniquely want from men or women (depending on your gender)?
- What does God want from you as an individual?
The foundation of a building, is the most important. If you build on the wrong premise, the other levels will be in constant stress. Everything flows through this level. So, let’s start at the foundation – What does God want from you as an individual?
This is likened to your fingerprint, you as a specific individual, a person uniquely crafted and gifted by God to perform meaningful tasks of service to Him and to others.
Scripture makes it abundantly clear that God first and foremost wants us to know Him, to have a relationship with Him, to bring glory to Him by the way we live our lives, by how we relate to Him and others, summed up best in Matthew 22:37-39:
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind, and love your neighbor as yourself.”
Parenthetically let me add this. Before we dismiss God as an insecure egomaniac, let’s quickly remember that He became one of us, entered into our suffering, and gave His life so that we could experience the primary purpose of our existence — to know Him. He defined Love by His actions. He did not create then abandon. He created and stayed and acted. He loved to the point of death and secured a path for our ultimate fulfillment: eternity with Him.
So, we start with God, not us. If you are making decisions based primarily on what makes “me” happy, then you have your priorities backwards and you will stumble at every turn. God first, then you.
In the same way that a hiker must orient himself to true north before he can begin his journey, so we must orient (and continue re-orienting) ourselves to the absolute truth that life is not to be driven by what makes us happy, but by what brings God glory. That is life’s “true north.” Only by doing so will we ever begin to experience the fulfillment and adventure of life. So, the better way to ask your question is this, “How could I live my life in such a way that brings God the most glory?”
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Credit: Edited // Focus on the Family