The exciting news is that as a Christian,
God’s will for your life
is part of your very being.
As Christians, we all have great concern about God’s will. We want to know whom to marry, where to live, where to go to church. We wonder what kind of car or home God wants us to buy. How many children should we have? Unfortunately, no Bible verses say, “Thou shalt have six children,” or “Thou shalt drive a Ford,” or “Thou shalt remain single,” or “Thou shalt (whatever it is we want an easy answer to).” Yet these are subjects that greatly concern us. Many of us will spend much of our lives seeking such answers, and questioning decisions on issues simpler than these—issues for which there are no clear and direct answers in Scripture.
We are rightfully concerned about wrong turns. For instance, it is said that in the United States alone there are more than 23,000 ways to make a living. According to some surveys, approximately eighty-eight percent of Americans who work have jobs they do not like or they would not choose for a career. Christians should not be included in such statistics, for we have a God who can lead us in the paths best suited to us. If that is true, how do we find God’s will or direction for life?
Interestingly, two of the major passages Paul writes concerning spiritual gifts begin by talking about God’s will. In Romans 12:2, Paul’s introduction to spiritual gifts speaks of that “good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” So, if we want to know what is that good, acceptable, and perfect will of God for our lives, then it must have something to do with spiritual gifts.
What is the relationship between God’s will and spiritual gifts? First, your gift is always in perfect harmony with God’s will for your life. Remember, what God has called you to do He has gifted you to do, and what He has gifted you to do, He has called you to do. Second, understanding God’s will for your life is much easier when you know your spiritual gift. The earlier you understand your spiritual gift, the easier it will be to determine God’s will for your life.
If your area of service does not correspond with your spiritual gift, you may become discouraged and frustrated and never find out where you really belong. You won’t understand yourself, the gifts, or other Christians around you. In turn you could eventually become a dropout or end up doing nothing for God. The key is for Christians to learn about spiritual gifts in the early stages of their Christian life. This will give them a better angle on God’s will for their lives and give them more direction as they start their Christian walk.
God’s will is part of the Christian’s very being, and that being is strongly influenced by our God-given spiritual gifts.
In light of these facts, your emphasis should shift from trying to find God’s will, to walking with God in the Spirit-filled life and finding and implementing your spiritual gifts. When this is done, God’s will comes naturally.
Dr. Larry Gilbert is founder and chairman of Ephesians Four Ministries, and founder of ChurchGrowth.org. For more on spiritual gifts, see Dr. Gilbert’s books, from which this article was condensed: Team Ministry: Gifted to Serve (for pastors and group leaders) and Your Gifts: Discover God’s Unique Design for You (for individuals and groups).
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