Oct 24, 2011

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What is God’s will for my life?

What is God’s will for my life?

I have to be honest, ever since the magnitude of what it meant to be a Christian became clear to me I have been very confused if I am supposed to waste my time furthering my professional career that in the end ultimately does matter or just quit and trust in God that He will lead me to somewhere He wants me to be.  Everyday I think to myself, “Why am I wasting my time sitting here at my desk when I could be out doing something of value for the kingdom of God?” But what keeps me in my current position is that I am just not sure if I am supposed to be doing something else.  Maybe I am where I am because God put me there?  I just don’t feel completely sure one way or the other.

I had big plans to further my education but wouldn’t it just be a waste of time?  I was one week away from starting my Master’s degree when I decided to cancel because the only reason I wanted to earn a Master’s was to get a higher paying job and a more important title.  I have the money to pay for the classes, but wouldn’t it be better to give it away to help some orphans?   I have the books to study for more high level certifications but I don’t bother because I think to myself that I would be putting my studying at a higher priority than God.  I already have more than my fair share, do I really need to obtain more?

I have been reading a lot of books lately that talk about fully surrendering my life to the Lord.  To me, the only way I can see to achieve that is to sell everything I have and move to some third world country so that I am fully dependant on God everyday.  To a place where when I say the “Our Father” and I ask for my “daily bread” I really mean it.  I just don’t see, other than becoming a pastor, how someone who has a 9-5 job can fully 100% surrender their lives to the Lord and live in America or what that even looks like . . .  am I to have any of my own interests or should 100% of my energy and focus go to God?  I pray everyday when I wake up for God to make it clear to me what He wants from my life.  Until He answers all I can do it humbly wait, stay in His word, and see where He leads me . . .  because He knows best.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this . . . . Please leave a comment

  1. "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect" – Romans 12:2

  2. Sometimes I think we spend too much time trying to determine what God's will is for us. Perhaps we should just do good in whatever our sphere of influence is and trust God to use that for his purpose.

    I heard Bill Hybels, Senior Pastor of Willow Creek Church, speak this summer. He said some people, like Mother Teresa, have tough callings from God. Others, like himself, have seemingly easy ones. All advance the Kingdom of God.

    Maybe God want you to get your MBA, start a business that pays people fairly and treat them in a Christ like manner. I don't know. I do believe if you do something like that with passion and with Christ at the center of your being, God will use your efforts for his purpose.

    Keep praying but don't forget to act.

    • John,

      Good to hear from you. I am actually reading a book by Bill Hybel's called "Descending into Greatness". I you read, I have been struggling with this for a while now. Thanks for your thoughts!

    • Mike,

      So great to hear your passion to commit your total life to Christ…as long as he has our heart, he can use us whether we are in the middle of a mission field or the middle of Wall Street and quite honestly he needs both. You are a young man that has tremendous God given talents and maybe he wants you to use them to impact more people in your life. Money is not a bad thing if he used in the proper way to glorify him.

      I will pray for you to find the answer of what he wants for you and for you to see and understand it. I appreciate the fact that you started this the JESUS SLAVE website to reach out to more people in his name.

    • John,

      Like I said I was reading a book by Bill Hybels that I just finished up tonight. I read the following in the last few pages of the book:

      "Daily I battle the questions. Am I a traitor to Philippians 2 for no longer giving all my excess income to the church the way I did ten years ago? Is it wrong to set aside college funds for my children? Would a particularly needy person be better served by my financial assistance or by facing the consequences of irresponsible behavior?"

      "There was a time when I seriously thought of removing myself from the spotlight, of trying to backtrack to the time when downward mobility was less a matter of choice than necessity. But that, I believe, reflected positions, titles, and salaries antonyms of moving down. In reality, the issue is not so much about how much power you have, but about how you use the power you have. It is not about the size of the check you take to the bank, but what you do with the check once you deposit it. The question is: How do you manage who you are and what has been given to you, whether that be money, authority, talent, or influence? The answer to that question will be determined, even through shades of gray, by your central purpose in life. Whose agenda do you want to advance? Yours or God's?"

      Is that crazy or what? LOL

  3. I think God has blessed you to be the best you can be. Going to a third world country & deprive your family of a good life doesn't sound like a smart option. God has put you in a good place and through you getting your Masters etc will put you in a better place to help others. You don't have to suffer to be in a good place to help others and by your example your girls will learn how to treat other people. God will put situations and people in your path that is meant to be. There are people in this country that need help and direction you really don't need to go somewhere else. Continue on to get your Masters who knows what opportunities will present themselves.

  4. ahhhh, the what am i here for saga. #1. to know, love and serve God.PERIOD. #2. love your neighbor as yourself OUT OF love for GOD. thats it in a nutshell. how you play it out is up to you. example, and of course i'll use myself. God made us all different…to serve in different ways. we all cannot be priest, nuns, pastors, monks etc etc, that donate 100% time in prayer. others are called to be doctors (who save lives), counslors (who help) policemen, firemen list goes on forever. so here i am a mailman. yes, i was made to work and i do. i am a father…so i father. i am coaching football…i am coach. none of my titles are bad! in fact they are good, otherwise God would not let me have them. so the question i have to answer is…."how can i glorify God in all these titles….in all my life? then do it. ex. this past football game, i prayed to God…not for a victory…..but for help in glorifying Him through this game. help me to be a good example to the kids. help me to get the kids….especially the less talented ones alot of playing time. see in this way, it does not matter what your job or title….you are serving God. can't go wrong….foolproof. at work, even if i don't want to be there or if the boss's are being poopie-heads, i can still say 'God, help me glorify you through this job and not fall pray to my human weakness' etc etc.

  5. Thank you all for your thoughts, I really appreciate it. I just don't want my time here on earth to be wasted. I keep thinking about this Francis Chan post about playing it safe from last month:

    Click Here to watch the 3 minute video

  6. Hey bro, loved the above video. I missed it the first time around. I actually lol when I pictured myself sticking that landing in front of God.

    I was just sitting here wondering, how many people do I know? 200? 500? 1000? 5000? I really have no idea. The one thing I do know is that I don't know anyone, outside of my pastor, who has gone all in for God. That's actually pretty sad, I guess. But I wonder how many people actually do know someone who as gone all in for God. You see, I don't personally know any full-time missionaries. I don't have anyone in my sphere that I can ask – How did you know? What was the sign? How did you receive your call? I think that would be great to ask someone who really has done that. I have many questions very similar to the ones you present. I don't want to waste one minute on anything that isn't in God's will. Not one. Yet I'm sure I'm wasting many every day. The fact is, that I happen to love what I do for a living, which is really cool to be able to finally say that. However, I would leave tomorrow if I felt God directing me elsewhere. I'm not so sure the "what" we do is really the key. I believe it really is the "why" behind what we do, that matters most. (I know that's real helpful, right? Stick with me for a second.) It's kind of like an alcoholic that decides not to go to the bar anymore. The reason is that he understands his weakness and what will happen if he goes back to the bar. He decides to manage his environment and avoid bars. Good decision. Now, if you find yourself addicted to American culture and decide that you need to manage your environment so you can be who God wants you to be, than selling everything and buying a one way ticket for your whole family is the same kind of good decision, isn't it? Do I think everyone needs to do this, no – only the culture-aholics among us. The last thing I want to do is sell everything and fly half way across the world to find out that all God really wanted me to do was to stop worshiping my income, bank account and "stuff" so I could walk across the street and say hello to my neighbor. God needs workers in all His fields. We need to be available and ready to go to work at any minute. I happen to agree with a lot of the above comments. Not everyone is going to be called to do what Americans think is radical and crazy…. But some will. Are you one? Am I one? I don't know – Yet. I will continue to pray that you seek God's face to ask Him which field we are to report to and then boldly REPORT FOR DUTY.

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