Knowing all that I do "know" about God, I don't think that I do. However, I love to share the Word! You know, I once went to work with Hollister while I was leaving Seminary, and there was this really cool manager who hired me, even though he was not supposed to based on the Abercrombie/Hollister Co. regulations. He'd worked his way up to management having been with them for so long. The only other alternative means to become a manager in that org. is to have a college degree.
I left Seminary because I genuinely felt compelled to go to art school. I was not a preacher when I was four years old, I was an artist, and I still am! Now, I won't say that there were not events of backsliding that followed my departure - I'd be a liar if I did not say that were so (I still "feel" backslidden, but I know the Word).
Back to that manager... long after I'd worked there with him, I encountered him working as a manager at a GUESS store in Durham, NC. He recognized me from an distance, came up to me and gave me a big hug. He sort of mocked my Seminary background a bit, but on that day when I asked him how and what he was doing with his life, he told me that he was now at the Seminary that I left studying the Word. ??? Go figure. See, I've been around the world - literally - and I have drawn no conclusions, but I've witnessed enough oddities transpire to see clearly that God is really the one who will use me - I need only be aware of Him, and at His disposal. I've been equipped with knowledge, but it's not my duty to go around shouting it from the rooftops - God will lead me where he needs me. To this day, I can't fathom what may become of the tragedy that my time abroad led to, but there was a good bit of "God-Talk" happening amongst myself and those who disagreed with God as a concept.
I neither feel, nor to I think I live for God. I won't say that I do - if I do, then I do so inadvertently because I think he picks up a hammer when he needs a hammer, and a compass when he needs a compass. What tool I am is chosen for the task that God needs to perform... but I am not a performer of Christ-likeness, since I can't live up to, or for Him unless He finds me to be the man for the job. I have given up entirely on thinking that I have control over much at all, save what little I can control such as my behavior, which, if I may, is not living for God, but just a pleasing sight for God to see...Others, as history revealed, like it, too...Manager/Preacher.
By asking him in prayer to enable me to live a life that pleases him. On my own, I am not able to do it, because the flesh is against the things of the spirit.
If I strive to live for God in my own strength, I will fall apart along the way because it is only works. Without the holy spirit it is impossible to live for God.
Thanks for asking this important question.
By trying to seek his will in all things.....sometimes I do better than other times!
prayer and obedience to HIM, HIS Word, HIS law. all we need to know to live a life pleasing to HIM can be found in HIS Holy Word. it can be summed up in two commandments. Love GOD with all you heart, strength and mind and love your neighbor (fellow humans) as yourself. we naturally do those things that make us happy...if we live to bring joy and comfort to our fellow mankind, we are fulfilling that law. love works no ill. is not deceitful or selfish. putting the well being of others before yourself is love. giving without expecting in return is love. love others even as GOD loves us...unconditionally. this is how i strive to live for GOD.
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