“What is God’s will for me?” How often do we ask God, ourselves, the local bookstore, the internet, our friends and even our families this question? I know that when I entered into my relationship with Him, this was a resounding question in my heart. I read many books and spent a lot of time in prayer trying to figure out the answer that applied to my life.
“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12 NIV)
God’s Word points us to truth if we would only truly read it, listen, and meditate on it day and night. If we aren’t willing to do this, then we will never know and be able to move beyond the spiritual walls that always hold us back from walking in the fullness of a restored life. In the book written to the church in Thessalonica, God expressed His desire for His bride.
“Brothers and sisters, we urge you to warn those who are lazy. Encourage those who are timid. Take tender care of those who are weak. Be patient with everyone. See that no one pays back evil for evil, but always try to do good to each other and to all people. Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for your who belong to Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:14-18 NLT)
There we have it, God’s will for those who belong to Christ Jesus. It may seem like we’ve figured it all out, but when I received the burden to sell everything and follow Jesus, it was in a time where I was deeply moved and convicted in the matter of holiness. As we draw near to God in holiness, being set apart from the world and it’s thought-patterns, way of life, habits, and convictions, we will begin to catch on to His heart.
God’s wants us to flourish where we are. In other words, “grow where you’re planted.” God’s will is for you to be where you are right this moment and to be there well. He’s calling us into a genuine relationship with Him, regardless of our circumstances, exactly where we happen to be. He won’t call you to the nations without calling you to your neighbors, coworkers, and family members. Otherwise, when you get to the nations, you won’t be obedient to the second most important of God’s commands, loving your neighbor as you love yourself. God’s will for you is to live a holy life right now. Seek Him in a quiet place daily. Draw near to Him in every moment. Pray without ceasing. Devour His Word with purpose and unrelenting passion. Be obedient. Take risks for His glory. Trust Him. Do these things, and you will be so in tune with the Holy Spirit that you will never have to ask this question again.