What is God’s will for our lives? Sometimes I think we make it more confusing that it actually is. There are lots of verses that give us pretty clear directions on following God’s plan. It doesn’t have to be nebulous and mysterious as we often try to make it. I’m not trying to downplay the fact that making decisions about life can be hard. It really can be hard to know if we are choosing to do what God wants in the bigger decisions in our lives. Sometimes we think we have discovered the “calling” God has put on our lives and we worship that “calling” so much that we are devastated when it all falls apart and we don’t end up doing what we felt “called” to do. This can lead us back to following his everyday will for our lives.
2 Corinthians 10: 5, “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;” (KJV).
Micah 6:8, “ He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God” (NIV).
Deuteronomy 30:6, “For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess” (NIV).
Luke 10:27, “He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself” (NIV).
Romans 12:1-2, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will” (NIV).
I Thessalonians 4:3. “It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality” (NIV).
So in summary:
Get Rid of Idols
Stay Surrendered to God
Stay Sexually Pure
“To follow God, sometimes He’s not interested in us following a grand plan, I think He’s actually more interested in us taking the one tiny step in front of us.
Maybe He isn’t worried about us knowing some big idea of His will for our lives, and He’s much more interested in us allowing His life and ideas to change our will.
It’s almost as if, God cares much more about the posture of our hearts, than He does the success of our careers” (Mike Donehey, from Tenth Avenue North).
“But how in the world can I find out what God wants me to do, if I don’t know what I want to do? The logic of this question escapes me, but is one that I have heard more than once. Why not start by simply telling God you’ll do anything He says? You’re the servant. He’s the master. It’s the only reasonable approach isn’t it? Furthermore, there is the possibility that what He says will be something you’d like” (p. 48, Passion and Purity, Elisabeth Elliot).
“It is manifest that the anxiety that shadowed too many of my days was that I should miss the path of righteousness. Better that anxiety, perhaps, than a cavalier carelessness, but the years since have proved to me over and over again that the heart set to do the Father’s will never need fear defeat. His promises of guidance may be fully counted upon. Does it make sense to believe that the Shepherd would care less about getting his sheep where He wants them to go than they care about getting there?” (p. 49, Passion and Purity, Elisabeth Elliot).
I John 2: 15-17, “ Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father[d] is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever” (NIV).