Just do it: How to discern God’s will.

Yesterday, I had the privilege of preaching at St. Peters Harrow. As usual, I had to preach this sermon to myself first and it was something I needed to hear.

The “will of God” is one of the most confusing phrases. I don’t know how many times I’ve heard people say, “I’m struggling to discern the “will of God” for my life. It often leaves us paralysed.
Should I take this new job?
Should I move house?
Should I marry this person?
Do I want kids? If so, how many?
Should I sell everything and move overseas?
What church do I join?
 What am I on this earth to do? How can I know?
I’m going to suggest that we’re probably asking the wrong question in most cases.
In the book, Just do Something, the author explains,
If we ask, “How can I know the will of God?” we may be asking the wrong question. The Scriptures do not command us to find God’s will for most of life’s choices nor do we have any passage instructing on how it can be determined. Equally significant, the Christian community has never agreed on how God provides us with such special revelation.”
So instead of asking, “How can I know the will of God?”, I like this question better.

How do you walk in freedom to do whatever you like, with whomever you like, wherever you like, in the will of God?

In the cartoon below it seems clear that the God’s will is up for grabs and open for interpretation today. I think in order to know God’s will we need to know what God we’re talking about!

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  What is the will of God? Thankfully, the bible makes it crystal clear.
 
 
 For this is the will of God, your sanctification…
 1 Thess 4:3 
 
Sanctification= is the process of becoming more of who Jesus wants you to be.
 And so, according to this passage, God is more interested in who you are than what you do.
 However, we tend to get it backwards. We are directionally challenged. 
We tend to think to put more emphasis on our doing (what does God want me to do? What is his will for my life? What does he want me to do next?), but according to 1 Thess 4, God is more interested in your being, your identity, which informs what you do God works the opposite way round, its who we are that defines what we do. 
When we understand who God is, what he has done, who we are in light of who he is and what he’s done, then we are free to do whatever else we like!

Who is God?         What has he done?         Who am I?             What do I do?

Father                         Sent His Son                           Family                        Obey His word

Son                              Gave His Life                          His Servant                Serve others

Spirit                           Empower/Bear witness       Missionary                 Share Jesus

 

So back the question,

How do you walk in freedom to do whatever you like, with whomever you like, wherever you like, in the will of God?

Know God, Know yourself, Know His works, Do His work.  Everything else is free game, Just Do It! 

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2 comments

  1. This is so good, Chad ~ I needed this word! Thanks❣

  2. Excellent article, Chad! This is a topic I’ve talked and wrote about a lot. I believe there so many people out there who are struggling to “find God’s will for their life” and fail to enjoy the freedom of doing whatever bring life to their souls while bringing God glory and walking in His will. I like the 4 columns at the end of your article.
    There’s a great book that wonderfully explains the beautify of self-discovery and discovering God – it’s called ‘The Gift of Being Yourself: The Sacred Call to Self-Discovery’, by David G. Benner.
    I also wrote an article on this topic on my blog: http://robertpop.com/2014/10/dont-worry-about-your-calling/

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