What is God’s plan for our lives?
If we believe God is love, if we know the Ephesians prayers, if we know that faith is how we express love, if we believe He gives wisdom when we ask, what’s the first step?
Our first step is to act on His plan, as it has already been laid out. We have to start with the generals before we move on to the specific. We usually like to beg God for the specifics about His plan for our lives before we’ve even tried to master the general things His word tells us are His will for us. We discussed a few on Thursday night:
1) There’s only a certain way you’ll find Him. He leads us in the way that will bring us to Him. Do we believe He’ll show up? He invites us to be still and find out.
“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” Psalm 46:10
Be still and [experience] that I am God. His will involves us knowing and experiencing Him.
2) “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies. Test all things; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-22
Can we control our thought lives? No one ever masters this completely, but can we move in the right direction? What we obsess about or dwell on is what we become. We can speak to our minds – be still. If we can’t control our minds, we’ll never control our actions. Be able to discipline your mind enough to press pause when things are getting crazy. “Pray without ceasing” – don’t let your prayer life stop. Start with joy, prayer in middle, and finish it up with thanksgiving.
This is God’s will for your life. Communicate with Him constantly. Leave room for the Holy Spirit in your life He starts. Give thanks and rejoice always.
3) Get to work. Do what you know of God’s will now. Don’t be idle. Sometimes in our business of doing fun things, we aren’t doing enough to pursue God’s kingdom. Don’t grow weary in doing good (if we grow weary in doing good, our focus is off or we’re stifling the Spirit, which is our strength).
“For we hear that there are some who walk among you in a disorderly manner, not working at all, but are busybodies. Now those who are such we command and exhort through our Lord Jesus Christ that they work in quietness and eat their own bread. But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary in doing good.” 2 Thessalonians 3:11-13
4) Anyone who does not love does not know God. At the most basic level, we know this is God’s plan for us: to love every person, in every season. If we aren’t pursuing love, we don’t really know Him. And if we don’t know Him, we cannot follow His plan for us.
“He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” 1 John 4:8
These are all pretty personal verses – they contain things we can do as individuals. We tend to want God to give us the specifics now, when He’s clearly laid out the first steps He wants us to take. As we pursue Him and His heart, He’ll reveal the details as we’re ready for them.