“What is God’s Will for My Life?”
This is possibly up there among the top ten questions Christians ask.
Our Heavenly Father has a plan for us, corporately and individually. I know and believe this with all my heart.
During a season when my own future felt uncertain, God reminded me, in that patient way He has, that His will for me is clearly laid out in scripture.
It’s in Micah 6:8 where through God speaks to His people through the prophet Micah.
At that time (750-687 BC) the people had walked away from God and as a result had downward spiralled into idolatry, corruption, violence, poor civil government and dead religion – the belief that sacrifice is enough. Micah tells them: ‘He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?’ Micah 6:8
To do justice. To love kindness. To walk humbly with God. This is God’s will for His people – what He requires of His people.
To Act Justly
Our God is a just God – He is just in all His ways.
Deuteronomy 32:4 “He is the Rock; his deeds are perfect. Everything he does is just and fair. He is a faithful God who does no wrong; how just and upright he is!”
There’s a story about injustice that Jesus tells in Matthew 18:21-35
The man in this story man had been shown unmerited mercy and released from his great debt. You’d think then, that he would have had a heart full of gratitude and mercy. But, sadly he went straight out and demonstrated heartless, unforgiving lack of mercy and justice to someone who owed him far less than his own debt had been.
I don’t think I can count how many times I’ve done this in my own life. Every time I harbour unforgiveness, every time I mutter unkind words under my breath about the driver who cuts me off in traffic (who am I kidding if I think I’m on my own in the car?)
Each and every time I fail to show mercy and justice I am, like that man in the parable, forgetting the great debt I have been released from.
My debt has been cancelled by God. I can more than afford to be generous with justice and mercy towards others.
To Love Kindness
Our God is a kind God. The Bible is absolutely saturated with His compassion and loving kindness. God’s kindness seeps through the pages of the Old Testament, where time and time again we read of His great compassion for His people. It pours out of the Gospels in the life of Jesus. The Kindness of God is a fruit of the Spirit, who lives in us, His children, and we’re called to walk in kindness; live a life of compassion. But it’s a choice we have to make: Colossians 3:12-13 “Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.”
I have to actively, consciously choose to ‘put on’ kindness, like an item of clothing.
To Walk Humbly – It’s Actually Not All About Me
God calls us to walk with Him. To partner with Him in what He is doing. That’s incredible!
Walking humbly doesn’t fit so well in our modern culture, does it? We feel a need to post our accomplishments on Social Media and decide our ‘success’ and the success if others by how many likes we get. Or don’t get.
When He walked this earth, Jesus performed some wonderful miracles. But Jesus was not a ‘glory seeker’. I firmly believe that if Jesus had come to earth during the 21st Century He would not have felt any need or desire to post His accomplishments on Instagram, saying “Look who I healed today”!
Jesus had no problem in saying that He was utterly dependent upon His Father. He walked in close connection with his Father, close enough to watch what the Father was doing, and to partner with Him in that.
Jesus was a model for us of humble obedience and total reliance on God.
In John 5:19 Jesus declares “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself. He does only what he sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does”.
We so often want that pat on the back, don’t we? God does something through us to touch the life of another person, and we hog the glory, when really it belongs to Him!
Finding God’s will for your life is really quite simple. All that God calls each and every one of us to do and to be, is as Jesus was, an imitator of Himself! Ephesians 5:1 “Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children.”
And as we walk in step with Him He empowers, enables and equips.
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