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One of the most important questions a Christian asks is, what is God’s will for my life? It’s a good question because it shows the devotion to doing what God wants you to do. You may be deciding what major to study, what career to pursue, what person to marry, and a number of other things when this question comes to your mind. I commend you for asking the question. I want to help you answer the question. So, here we go.
What is God’s Will for my life?
Sometimes when asking this question, we get too complicated in what we expect God to answer with. While you may be asking Him what major to pursue, His answer to what He wants you to do may be something unrelated. Or maybe totally related to everything. Yeah, that’s more accurate. While I believe God has specifics in mind for you, I also believe that you must start in a place of simplicity when thinking about God’s will. I don’t say that because it’s easier, but because I believe it is biblical. Here’s why…
Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
This is pretty simple and straightforward. Whatever you do, do it in the name of Jesus with a heart of gratitude. This focuses you in everything that you do. You can do whatever, just do it in the name of Jesus. Obviously you wouldn’t do something in the name of Jesus that doesn’t conform to His ways. Whatever you do, do it in the name of Jesus with a heart of gratitude.
1 Corinthians 10:31 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
Again, simple and straightforward. Whatever you do, do it all to glorify God. Whether you’re having dinner or you’re at work, do everything in a way that would bring God glory. Here’s a statement that can serve as a measuring stick in regards to God’s will for your life: If what you are doing or saying cannot bring God glory, it’s not God’s will for your life.If what you are doing or saying cannot bring God glory, it’s not God’s will for your life.
Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Paul declares that you are created in Christ Jesus for good works. In fact, the good works in which you were created to do were prepared by God before you existed. He has created you so that you would walk in the good things He has prepared for you. This should be a verse that assures you of this: God has good plans for you. What are those good plans? How will they manifest in your life?
I believe I can answer these questions in a general sense. For specifics, you must pray. Just keep in mind that God’s will for your life may be simpler than you think.
The good plans God has for you are that you would bring Him glory in whatever you do. That begs the question, what brings God glory?
God is glorified when you are obedient to the Great Commission – to make disciples. God is glorified when you live a life of grace and truth. When you choose both grace and truth you are living a life of real love. Without grace, truth is incomplete. Without truth, grace is irrelevant and unneeded. God is glorified when you lay down your preferences and live for Him. God is glorified when you thank Him for what He has done.Without grace, truth is incomplete. Without truth, grace is irrelevant and unneeded.
These good things should manifest in your life every minute of every day.
God may have something specific for you within what has been laid out above, however, keep in mind that God’s will for your life will surely consist of you bringing Him glory every minute of every day.