A new will and a new way! What is God’s will in my life?

Posted: July 23, 2014 in Thoughts on God

willI want you to know, brothers, that I have often intended to come to you (but thus far have been prevented), in order that I may reap some harvest among you as well as among the rest of the Gentiles. (Romans 1:13 ESV)

The million dollar question in many Christian circles is: What Is God’s will for my life? This can cause anguish for many Christians as they are deciding on a college to attend, a career path, or even the person to date and eventually marry.

In many instances, our mindset leads us to believe we need a Damascus road experience like Paul, where Jesus audibly speaks to us and reveals our purpose (Acts 9:3-6). But, Paul didn’t always expect God to work in his life like this. He told those who he wrote to that he tried to go to them, but doors had been shut. He didn’t say I prayed and fasted and read my Bible and God never told me to visit you, so I’m not coming. No! He had a desire to visit and teach them, he acted on it, and it didn’t work. Therefore, he knew God’s will in that instance.

A key to understanding God’s will for our lives is that when we become Christians, we are made a “new creation” (2 Corinthians 5:17), and along with the new life we live according to the Spirit, we have new, holy, and redeemed desires (Romans 8:5). Discovering God’s will is more than merely uncovering your own. Discovering God’s will is seeking him first as Paul did and to know nothing but “Christ and him crucified” (1 Corinthians 2:2). When we do this, our desires will be Godly and Christ exulting ones that will be in line with what God wants to do in our lives.

Seek Christ and your desires will follow.


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