“Your call will become clear as your mind is transformed by the reading of Scripture and the internal work of God's Spirit. The Lord never hides His will from us. In time, as you obey the call first to follow, your destiny will unfold before you. The difficulty will lie in keeping other concerns from diverting your attention.”
–Charles R. Swindoll
One of the most common questions I get as a pastor is this: “What is God’s will for my life?” The question is often phrased in other similar ways such as, “What is my purpose in life?” or, “What does God want me to do with my life?” In whichever case, people are craving to know what God has in store for them specifically. They want to know what God has planned for their lives. It’s an excellent question to ask. But where do we go to find answers? We ask the question as if God is going to one day drop the answers onto our laps from heaven. But the truth is, the answers are already here. They’ve already been given. They’re found in the Bible. And that’s where we should start whenever we talk about God’s will for our lives.
What is God’s will for our lives? Crack open the Bible and find out. God has already made it clear what His will is for everyone who professes to believe in Jesus. No extra revelation needed. God’s will includes:
Knowing God deeply and having a vibrant relationship with Him.
Loving God with every ounce of who we are.
Serving others in generous and sacrificial ways.
Making disciples of all nations.
Not conforming to the ways of the world.
Becoming more like Jesus.
That’s just a small sample of what God’s will is for our lives. But the point is this: it’s already pretty clear in Scripture what God wants us to do with our lives. Of course, how we go about doing those things is a whole different matter. That’s where the Holy Spirit comes in. Each day, we simply decide to be faithful to what God has already revealed to us in the Bible. The problem really isn’t finding out what God’s will is for our lives. As I mentioned, it’s pretty clear. The real problem is acting upon God’s will and accomplishing it with the power, presence, and leading of the Spirit. For many believers, we already know what God wants us to do with our lives. We’re just struggling to actually do it.
God’s will for our lives is revealed in Scripture and our job is simply to be as faithful as we can to what He has already revealed to us. And to be faithful at doing so day after day after day. So what’s God will for your life? Well, start with what the Bible says and go from there.