August 25, 2008

What is God's Will?

I have been asking this question for my life since my salvation. We all have this question burning inside of us I think. Whether you are a believer in Christ or not, at some point in time or perhaps a lot of the time, the question comes: “What am I here for?” “What am I supposed to do with my life?” “Why was I created?” or if you are a believer the question usually shows up as: “What is God’s will for my life?”

Since He saved me, I have has a deep desire to do His will and accomplish His purpose for my life. I just don’t want to get to Heaven and hear God say “Come on in… but, you really dropped the ball back there.” I think about it a lot. But one thing that I have just recently noticed, through the aide of some wise council, is that always being focused on God’s future will for my life is causing me to miss out on His will for me NOW. I seriously get so concerned with what God has for me, or where He wants me and my family to serve, that I totally miss the person He put in my path right now to minister to. It has also kept me and my family from really putting down roots in a community and building relationships and being part of that community and church because we always felt as if our current place was temporary.

I really believe that part of it is the enemy playing with our minds trying to get our focus off of what we are supposed to do today. Also when I did a search on the phrase “will of God” or “God’s will” in an online concordance, it really helped re adjust my thinking. Almost every time I saw those phrases they were referencing things we should be doing or thinking on a regular, daily basis. 1 Thes. 5:12-24, 1 Pet. 2:13-17, 1 John 2:15-17, etc.

Keep in mind, Moses was minding his own business tending sheep when God told him what he was to do. Paul was content doing what he thought was God’s will when God spoke to him.

I guess my encouragement would be the same thing that took away from all this. Don’t get so focused on what will happen and miss the opportunities to minister and do what’s right today.

I absolutely hate cliches, but the whole “bloom where you’re planted” thing has a good concept.

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