We have all said it maybe we ask all the time, “God, what is your will for my life?”. We seek out success, purpose, skills. We sit and wait for a sign, a burning Bush, a pillar of fire – something to reveal God’s plan. We tell ourselves: when I do this, when I go there, when I find my spouse, when I finish school, when my kids are grown, when my house is paid off, when I am cured, healed, well…..then I will be able to serve God fully. Then I will be able to be effective for the kingdom.
God isn’t looking for accomplishment, he is looking for humility – he isn’t looking for strength, he is looking for weak spots that he can fill and use. He isn’t looking for success, he is looking for submission. We can stop wondering or looking for God’s will for our lives, he has already spelled it out. So many times throughout His word, he gives clear instruction.
“the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8
“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:12-13
It is east to forget in the day to day that I was not made for the sole purpose of being a wife or a mother, those are just tools, responsibilities, gifts. I was designed and planned before the foundations of the earth to be a friend of God. This is why we are all here. But, what does a friend of God look like? Well, I’m glad you asked, John 15:14 says “you are my friends of you do what I command”. I know to some of us (especially if your are like me and have pride issues) will think that is arrogant of God to say that he will only be our friend of we obey. Let’s not forget, he is God! He spins galaxies, he breathes life into dust, he walks on water, let’s try to have a little respect for the author of everything in existence…ever.
So what does a “friend of God” look like?? If we skip back just a couple verses it says, “Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.”
We can stop bearing the weight of seeking God’s will for our life and start seeking HIM. He instructs us on what to do with whatever number of days we have on this planet:
Love as he loved.
Lay down your life for one another. (Hold a door, give up a seat, forgo vacation for a mission trip, give up a Starbucks habit to sponsor an orphan, push past sickness to go play with your kids, step away from your phone/tablet/computer and be present with your family) ok, that’s enough of that, those last 2 stung a bit.
Thank God NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS.
“For this is God’s will for you.”
“Your statutes are my heritage forever, my heart is set on keeping your decrees. Please still my anxious urge toward rebellion. Let love keep my will upon its knee.”
“Because you gladly lean to lead the humble, I shall gladly kneel to leave my pride.”