We started the new series “Q” at Cross Point Nashville today.
Our question for today was: “What is God’s Will for My Life”
Ok, we didn’t start easy! I was actually a little surprised that Pete tackled this one right off the bat but he did a great job. In fact he did an amazing job of breaking this down for us.
Here are the highlights:
There are three different areas we need to look at when talking about the will of God:
1) The providential will of God. Galatians 4:4-5 These are the things that God is going to do not matter what… send his son to redeem us, return again, etc.
2) The moral will of God. I Thessalonians 4:3, Jeremiah 17:9, Proverbs 14:12 These are the things that God wants to see happen. He wants us to make morally responsible decisions.
3) The personal will of God. Proverbs 3:5-6 This is the one we get hung up on. We’ve become obsessed with knowing God’s will for the everyday things of our lives. Pete went on to share the story of Paul from Acts 16 where Paul gets stuck in Troas. In this case Paul didn’t know the what, the when or the where for his next step but he did know the why. He knew the purpose or vision that God had given him. Too often we spend all our time worrying about the what, when and where instead of understanding the why.
For example: we worry about what job to take… when I’ll meet the “right one”… where am I supposed to live, etc.
To understand the “why” (vision/purpose) God has for you, here are a few steps that Pete left us with:
Speak to God
Surround yourself with Christ-like people you want to learn from
What area of your life do you need to surrender the what, when, and where’s to better understand “the why”?
Daily struggle in the balance of an evolving career and raising a young child.
Could he have picked a more difficult topic!?
I’m in a small group that’s reading Garry Friesen’s “Decision Making and the Will of God” which suggests a non-traditional way of seeking God’s will for our lives… Whew. It’s powerful, and it’s probably the way that Drew and I are going to approach God’s will for our lives.