One of the most frequent questions that I get as a pastor is, “What is God’s will for my life?” Usually this question is in regards to particularly important life decisions like what person to marry, what career to pursue, what ministry to get involved in, etc. Usually it is asked in regards to future events and important decisions. It is as if when you come to a fork in the road of life one direction is God’s will for you and the other is not. If you have asked yourself this question or are currently asking yourself this question, I hope the words of Scripture will help give you peace.
In Colossians 1:9 Paul writes, “We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives.” First, we see that the will of God is given to us by the Spirit of God – the Spirit that lives in us and bears witness with our spirit that we are God’s children (Rom. 8:16). So the first step in knowing God’s will is being in-tune with His Spirit.
Paul then continues into the purpose of knowing God’s will – “So that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way.” (v. 10) The purpose of knowing God’s will then, according to this passage, is to live a life that is worthy of the Lord and pleasing to Him. So what does that look like? Paul continues, “Bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father.” (v. 10-12) According to Paul in this passage, the purpose of knowing God’s will is to develop these traits. Ephesians 5:17 is a similar passage.
I believe that God is not as much concerned with what you do as with who you become. He wants to make you like Jesus. He wants you to be the type of person who serves, continually learns more about God, finds strength in God to endure, and gives thanks in all things to God. So when you are faced with a difficult decision, ask yourself the following question: “Which decision will help develop these characteristics in me?”