“What is God’s will for my life”? This is a question most Christians ask throughout their lives.
It actually causes a lot of Christians anxiety because they are worried they might miss God’s will for them. It’s right to want to do God’s will, but when it comes to what job we should have or where we should live, perhaps we shouldn’t expect a burning bush type of experience.
We can know God’s will for us, but perhaps we’re asking the wrong question.
Better questions may be, “what is God’s will?”, with the follow up, “where do I fit into his will?”
This is to say, God has a plan. It is undeniable. When reading the Old and New Testament we see God’s plan panning out in profound ways over thousands of years through various types of people. This plan will come to pass, and incredibly, God has called us to participate in it.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise then that we can turn to the Bible to learn about God’s plan and how he desires us to fit into it.
In Matthew 28:18-2o, Jesus gives instructions to the disciples as they begin to lead the Christian church. Because Christians make up the Body of Christ we too can applies these instructions to our lives.
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.”
What other things are God’s will for us? 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 tell us that it’s his will that we always rejoice and pray without ceasing in all circumstances. In Romans 12:2 we see the instruction that we are to not be conformed to the world but transformed by the renewing of our mind. And 1 Timothy 2:1-4 explains what pleases God,
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
These passages are just the tip of the iceberg. Scripture is chalk full of instruction for Christian living, clearly laying out for us what it is God would have us do with our lives. While the instructions aren’t always specific – they don’t tell us whether we should go to college or who we should marry – they certainly explain how we should approach life.