Having spent 4 years as a young teens pastor, one of the most common questions I surprisingly had to field was “What is God’s will in my life?”
Everytime I was asked I was just blown away by the sheer enormity of the question. Honestly the first few times I was asked, I didn’t feel qualified enough to answer the question. The truth was I really didn’t know, and I didn’t feel right giving a blanket answer.
So turned to God’s word, and read everything I could about God’s will. The only problem with that being when I put down my bible, frustrated and exhausted, I realised the whole bible is God’s will.
From the very first word in Genesis, to the last full stop in Revelation, God had laid down his plain for mankind, from our fallings and our failings to our redemption and salvation. His word showed me God’s intimate desire to fellowship with us His chosen creation.
I think this is where we Christians can get a bit hung up, I certainly know I’m guilty of it. We know all to well God’s desire for us to be with Him, to praise Him, worship Him, to seek him in the cool of the day; and for the most part we do that diligently. we confess our sins, go to church, praise in our trials, pray every night before bed, and He loves that don’t get me wrong, but we get so caught up in me and God, that we often miss what is important. His will.
After reading His word and still not knowing His will, I turned to Him in prayer and felt Him lead me to two places.
A teacher of the law asks Jesus, which of the commandments is the most important, and Jesus replies “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’ 31 The second command is this: ‘Love your neighbor as you love yourself.’ There are no commands more important than these.”
and to Matthew 6:10 Where he’s teaching the disciples to pray.
“Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
You see Heaven is a place that has no suffering. It has no sickness, no pain, no death, no hurt, no trials, no tribulation, no sin. It is God’s desire for his kingdom as it stands in Heaven to be bought to earth. That means no sickness, suffering or pain. It was this revelation of authority that allowed Jesus to move in miracles. When you can see that in heaven there is no sickness and it is God’s will for his kingdom to come on earth, you have the authority, in Jesus’ name to “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead. Freely you have recieved so freely give.”Matthew 10:8
If we truley loved our neighbours as we loved ourselves, we would go out of our way to make sure they knew of God’s saving grace, His love of us all, and His desire that not one of us end up in hell.
It is Gods will that we all dwell with him, and to do that we need to spread his word to the ends of the earth and make “disciples of all nations.” As well as maintain our walk with Him.
And people have the nerve to call Christians weak! That right there is a lot of responsibility that God has given us, but he never gives us more than we can handle.
So how would I answer when asked, “what’s God’s will for my life?”
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, and spirit. Love your neighbours as you love yourself. Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, and go and make disciples of all the nations. God has placed a dream in your heart, whether that’s to be an actor, scientist, pilot, accountant, whatever; do that to the very best of your ability, and remember that God’s will is for his kingdom to come on earth as it is in heaven, and that none shall have to suffer torment in hell.
So wherever you are and whatever you do, just remember that God is wanting to use you to bring his kingdom to earth.”
That my friends is his will.
Many blessings – The Kid