"What is God's will for my life?" It's a common question. What does He want you to do with your time and talents? What abundance does He have in store for you personally? How does He want you to live out your purpose?
Thankfully, God doesn't leave us to figure it all out on our own. He gives us plenty of guidance in His Word that tells us just how interested He is in our personal lives! He wants only the best for us. The passages below share concepts that can inform the way we live our lives and how we fulfill our purpose, even if we don't see clear direction written in the sky.
We invite you to ponder how these concepts inform your perspective on God's will and desires for your life.
God is interested in your character.
In today’s society, we are told that if we have a good job and make a lot of money, buy a house and start a family, we are a success. In God’s eyes, though, the picture of success looks a little different. This is the way He sees it: the transformation of your character is a bigger deal than the amount of money in your bank account. Or as author Pete Scazzero puts it, who you are matters more than what you do. God’s will is for you to experience a heart transformation!
Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ. –Philippians 1:6
God longs for your salvation.
There are many questions that come to mind about God’s will. What career does He want me to be in? Who should I marry? Where is the best place to live? These are important questions, no doubt about it. Believe it or not, they all have the same answer! The bottom line is that God doesn’t want you to be lost, and He wants to take you home with Him when He comes again. So what’s the answer to all these questions? Well, it comes down to how your choices will impact your relationship with Him.
The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. –2 Peter 3:9
God desires a personal relationship with you.
When you think of eternal life, what picture comes to mind? Perhaps you close your eyes and see the pearly gates or streets of gold. Or maybe you just want to make it to heaven. Well, that’s definitely part of it. But the entire purpose of your life is actually to be in a relationship with Jesus. Every other decision in your life should be considered as it affects this end. God’s will for your life is to know Him!
And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. –John 17:3