When I discovered Christ in college I immediately began asking this question, "What should I do with my life?" Another way people phrase it is "What is the will of God for my life?" I can't tell you how much time I've spent wrestling, pondering and asking these questions.
A few years ago I made the realization that I was asking the wrong question. This question was focused on me, it was Scott-centered. God should be at the center. Instead I should be asking, "What is God's will for the world? What is God's will for the community I live in? What is God's will for my school or workplace? What is God's will for my family?" This is a God-centered question.
I've learned that if I pursue Scott-centered thinking and questions that I never really get clear direction and often times I end up making mistakes, having to go backwards and start over again. God-centered thinking and questioning is much easier. Because it honors God (not me), it focuses on God (not me), it points others towards God (not me), I believe God makes discovering the answer much easier. The Bible actually gives you the answer to this question. As you explore the Bible you see God's heart and will for the world, your community, your family and your workplace. You see what it is He wants to accomplish. Once you discover the answer all you've got to do is act.
Here are a few practical actions in my own life that have resulted from asking the God-centered question "What is God's will?" and then taking action based on that:
- It's God's will to care for orphans and provide families for those without a family --> we decide to adopt
- It's God's will for my life to be an example to others, including my shortfalls and struggles being shared through transparency --> this blog was started
- It's God's will for us to take His truth and hope to where people are --> a decision is made to become active on Facebook and interact with people where they are (not expecting them to come to me or my church)
- It's God's will for Him to be honored with all my time and resources (both where I work, at home and my free time) --> I start doing ministry bi-vocationally; working at TI full time during the week and doing everything I can to invest in my local church and people on nights and weekends
- It's God's will for me to lead my marriage and family spiritually --> every Sunday night now Courtney and I have set aside time to do devotions (this is in addition to spontaneous times that happen at other times during the week)
How are you acting on God's will in the world around you?