You walk out your front door, and there’s a time machine. Where do you go? Some of you history buffs may want to go back in time, or you tech people may want to visit the future and explore the technological advances. However, I think a lot of us would only go only a short hop into our own future. We want a glimpse into what our future holds. Do we have a job that fulfills us? Did I do right by my kids? What we’re looking for is a little insight on how to make the right decisions now.
If you’re a Christian you likely desire that your decisions line up with ‘God’s will for your life’. So what is the will of God and how do we know we’re in-line with it?
When it comes to the ‘will of God’ it feels like there is so much we don’t know. What we do know about the will of God is that we are called to know God, love God, become more like Jesus, and love others. All the other details are not laid out for us.
The point is that God’s will is not that we know exactly about the ‘what’ of our lives, but the ‘who’ of our lives. We’re called to know the One that made it all and loves us personally. This is the foundation that informs everything else that we do.
We don’t need to time travel to get a glimpse on how to make decisions today. We can live faithfully with the time we’ve been given:
- Work Hard: Don’t be fooled into believing that if you do nothing, God will bring you that degree, job, etc.
- Utilize Wisdom: Scripture gives us what we need to live wisely; be people of the word. Allow trusted people to speak in to your life, and listen to them.
- Make a decision: Just do it; whatever the decision, you will learn and God will grow you.
- Rest in Jesus: Anxiety is nothing more and nothing less than resting in yourself as the end-all-be-all in your life.
- Don’t compare: Your journey is not someone else’s. Your combination of passion, personality, and aptitudes are unique to you and crafted by God.
- Honor God: This is not the ‘last step,’ this is the foundation of all your choices. If this is not happening in your heart, you can be guaranteed that you’re not doing the will of God.
The bottom line is this: “Die to self. Live for Christ. And then do what you want, and go where you want, for God’s glory.”
Don’t be time-travellers; be faithful with your time today.
- Matthew 6:33: But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
- Matthew 22:37: And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.
- 1 Thessalonians 4:3: For this is the will of God, your sanctification
- 1 Thessalonians 5:15-18: See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
Courtney Huskisson lives in Vancouver, Washington, loves the Pacific Northwest and the delicious coffee that comes with it. She currently works at LifePoint Church and recently graduated from Multnomah University with a degree in Bible & Theology and Pastoral Ministry.