What's God's Will for Me?
What's God's Will for Me?
Put on your magic cap. I am about to project the future before your eyes.
Don’t we wish. (:
One of the biggest questions Christians ask today is “What’s God’s will for me?” Is it even possible to fully know God’s will?
I still ask myself that question. But I see it this way: when you know someone well, you become familiar with their interests and preferences. Rom. 12:2 talks about having our mind renewed in order to know what God’s will is. Sometimes it doesn’t take a lightning bolt or letters across the sky to know what God’s will would be in a particular situation. The more time you spend with God and get to know Him through His Word (the Bible), you become more familiar with the kinds of things that He desires for His people, and that in turn causes you to be more sensitive to His voice when He wants you to move in a certain direction.
The important thing is to make God the center of all your dreams and desires so that whatever you do is causing His kingdom and purposes to be expanded on the earth
Get it Right
When I was fourteen, part of my high school requirements included taking up a foreign language. My mom (my teacher — I was homeschooled) gave me a few possibilities which included Spanish, Visayan (the dialect where we live), and Chinese. Being a person of razor-sharp focus on what catches my passion, I didn’t want to just take up something that I would never end up using. So I prayed about it.
At the time, we had some Japanese people staying at our house for a short-term missions trip. When I felt an interest in the Japanese language, I thought maybe I would try it for a while and see if I would actually stick with it when the visitors left. Turns out, I’ve been continuing to learn in the six years since then and I’m hoping to go to Japan as a missionary after I graduate college. I’ve also made several trips to Japan over the years, including a month long stay away from my family to serve at a church in Miyazaki.
So often, people think the will of God is something restricting that keeps you from fulfilling your dreams. What I’ve found, though, is that as I allow my mind to be filled with things that honor Jesus (being careful what I let into my mind through books, movies, music, etc.) and the more time I spend with Him, the more I become aware of the gifts and dreams that He’s placed inside me. The Bible says to delight in the Lord and He’ll give you your heart’s desires (Psalm 37:4). Winning awards for stories and getting first place in a 21k (both things I’ve done) can be as much of an act of worship as spending “quiet time” with God at home. The important thing is to make God the center of all your dreams and desires so that whatever you do is causing His kingdom and purposes to be expanded on the earth (spiritual health may be more important than physical health — but that doesn’t mean that physical health isn’t important if you’re being a good steward of what God has given you :).
Is it possible to always get it right when it comes to knowing God’s will? I don’t know. I thought an opportunity for missions work would come through going to college and taking up an English major to become an English teacher. Turns out, I’m taking up a B.A. in Theatre. Go figure. I’m still trying to decide what my life as a missionary in Japan will look like. But I think as long as Jesus is the center of it all, you don’t have to worry about going off track. Sometimes we underestimate as Christians how much we can actually hear from God.
So, stay sensitive. Bottom line, keep your eyes focused on Jesus and don’t do anything that goes opposite with what He says in His Word. Keep seeking, keep trusting. And just like a person reveals their secrets only to a trusted friend, you’ll learn to hear the voice of God and act in situations you’re not sure about (Psalm 25:14)….even if you don’t have a 3D detailed vision from Heaven.
© 2018 CM Miller