I picked up the book, The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren today and opened to a page that surprisingly fits to what I’ve been stuck on.
What do we do with our lives?
What job do I pick?
What spouse do I choose?
Help me get this job, get that one, do this or go to the place.
We are constantly asking, demanding and/or begging God to do something in our lives-whether show us something, hand us another thing or lead us to someone we’ve been praying for.
We actually tend to confuse the will of God and think He has a will for each of our lives. I believe that God has His Will which is everyone should not perish but receive eternal life and with that being said, anything we do here on earth should be to bring His Will to earth, by being people who love the Lord and bring people to know who Jesus is through the way we live wherever we are, through whatever we choose to do.
However this isn’t a ticket to do things that we know aren’t right. This is simply stating the fact that God has entrusted us with free will. He has given us the choice to do what we want with our lives for His glory. Whether we choose this job, or that one; or go to this place or the one across the ocean-it doesn’t matter where we are or our career-it matters how we live our life.
Are we building up His Kingdom? Are we being people who love Him and others so that they are able to see Christ in us the hope of glory? Are we living out His Word and seeking Him deeper in our lives everyday? Are we remaining set apart in this world and not conforming to its image but to Jesus Christ?
Let me just ask you for a minute to stop questioning so much and be reminded that the Lord gave you a desire, He gave you His Word so that you may live it out right where you are. He longs to simply walk with you through your everyday life and asks you to listen to Him. Walking with the Lord is bringing His Will to earth, as you may stop for someone who needs a hand, or caring for someone who is sick, giving to the poor or smiling at someone who you can tell is having a hard day. In all those things, you are bringing Heaven to earth and giving others a glimpse of Jesus’ love.
Especially for those who are trying to figure out God’s will for their own lives, how do we know what He wants from us? How do we know if we are choosing the right thing? And fulfilling our calling?
“Much confusion in the Christian life comes from ignoring the simple truth that God is far ore interested in building your character than anything else. We worry when God seems silent on specific issues such as “What career should I choose?” The truth is, there are many different careers that could be in God’s will for your life. What God cares about most is that whatever you do, you do in a Christlike manner. God is far more interested in what you are than in what you do. We are human beings not human doings. God is much more concerned about your character than your career, because you will take your character into eternity, but not your character.”
It is beautiful to think that life is simple. We tend to overthink a lot of things which should be as easy for us, as yes or no. I have come to realize that things the Lord asks of us comes easy. Not in the sense that everything will be handed to us, or appear in front of us, for things still take effort in the sense of stepping out to do what we ourselves can do and leaving the rest up to God to open the doors.
If we desire a new job, it still takes effort to write a resume, gather papers and get ready for an interview and go through the process of being hired and we may still not be hired however we can rest in the fact that when the Lords hand is upon something, when we do all we can in the natural, God will step through supernaturally. If a door does not open, it brings us to a place to trust in Him knowing that it wasn’t the right job, no matter how bad we wanted it and there is something better for us. And through that transition period, still praising and walking with Him.
For His desire, I believe is for us to be like Him here on earth and through whatever we choose to do, to choose Him first and honor Him. We were created to be like Christ.
Life is beautiful and we can easily become ineffective for God when we are more consumed with worrying about what to do, rather than doing what we were already doing. You are able, right where you stand to be used by the Lord in great ways-do not get flustered thinking of everything you aren’t doing or should be doing, but instead do what you know He asks of you, right where you are. Enjoy the beauty He has placed before you and live this life with Him.
For I can picture how silly we look, always questioning, always worrying, always trying to figure things out when He asks us to lay it all down and trust in Him. To simply take His hand and enjoy the process, learning to use what we have, where we are and being content with all we have for the time being. His ways are greater than ours and He longs for us to throw off everything that hinders us and grab a hold of His hand so that no matter what storms come our way, we will remain grounded with Him. He has all the answers and sometimes its better we don’t know everything than trying to figure it out before we are supposed to know. Trust in the process, trust in Him who holds all things together and formed all things. He knows what He is doing!
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-19
I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people- for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.
1 Timothy 2:1-4
For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.
So with all this being said-‘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.’ whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father. Colossians 3:17