Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. (1 Tim. 6:17-18)

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Avoiding action while trying to discern God's will

Many believers avoid action when it comes to God's will for their lives. They believe that they need to have some sort of super-spiritual event where the sky opens up and they hear the "God-voice" telling them what they should do with their lives. Or, they need to hear a really powerful sermon one Sunday morning and go running down the aisle in tears, feeling a call to the deepest parts of Africa.

Has that happened, could that happen? Sure, but 99% of the time, God's will is not revealed in that manner. God's will is primarily revealed through Scripture. We do His will by being obedient to God's Word. It's really more about following God's will in the small things and being obedient to the leading of the Holy Spirit in the bigger things as you move forward.

In Francis Chan's book Crazy Love, Pastor Chan addresses the issue of God's will and inaction in this manner:

Most of us use "I'm waiting for God to reveal His calling on my life" as a means of avoiding action. Did you hear God calling you to sit in front of the television yesterday? Or to go on your last vacation? Or exercise this morning? Probably not, but you still did it. The point isn't that vacations or exercise are wrong, but that we are quick to rationalize our entertainment and priorities yet are slow to commit to serving God.

A friend of mine was speaking recently. Afterward a guy came up and told him, "I would go serve God as a missionary overseas, but, honestly, if I went right now it would only be out of obedience." My friend's response was "Yes, and...?"

Jesus said, "If you love me, you will obey what I command" (John 14:5). Jesus did not say, "If you love me you will obey me when you feel called or good about doing so..." If we love, then we obey. Period. This sort of matter-of-fact obedience is part of what it means to live a life of faith (Pg. 169).
Stop waiting around. You know what you need to do, so go out and do it.

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