For a long time I now I’ve been asking God what he would have me do. I know what I would like to do. I’ve made moves to reach towards the goals that I have set for myself and I have seen the Lord open doors. I haven’t heard a booming voice from heaven saying to walk through the doors, but I can say and believe with faith, that it has been the Lord that has opened those doors in response to my prayers.
But yet I still find myself asking God what it is that he wants me to do. I know that I have a greater purpose than to work 40 hours a week, get a paycheck, go to church twice a week, pray, read my bible, write a blog, and slew of other things that I do on a regular basis. But, still I find myself asking God what he wants me to do for his kingdom.
After much asking and pondering that it is that God wants me to do, I can sum it up in three words: Will, Word, and Work, and you can probably sum up your calling as well with those three words.
Will - is what God would have us do. The Lord’s prayer, in Matthew 6:10 says “your will be done”, not “my will be done”. It’s not what we want to do but what God’s eternal plan has set apart for us to do. The Lord is not going to make all the decisions on our behalf. At the heart of the issue is to make sure that our plans do not include behaviors that the Lord forbids, nor that it be sinful in nature. In Proverbs 16:9 it is also clear that although man devises plans, the Lord directs his steps. Therefore, although we may set goals, and devise plans, ultimately it is God that will lead us where he wants us to go.
In Romans 12:2 the Bible reads, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” His perfect will. Not only is it not our will, but his will which is perfect. God has a will for our lives which is perfect just like he is perfect.
In Psalm 37:4 we read that he will give us the desires of our heart. The reason he gives us the desires of our hearts is because it’s in perfect in alignment of what his will is for our lives. So keep asking and the Lord will bless you with the desires of your heart.
Work – are the actual tasks that the Lord would have us do. The greatest task that the Lord would have you and me do is to make disciples of all nations, better known as the Great Commission, found in Matthew 28:16-20. Making disciples is at the core of everything that we do in life, whether we are doctors, CEO’s of fortune 500 companies, teachers, or janitors. Our work, is to make disciples regardless of the profession we are in. We do not have to be in full-time ministry to make disciples of our neighbors, friends, family members, co-workers, and others who do not know Christ. Our work is right there where we are. So let’s go and do the work that the Lord has called us to do because the harvest is ripe and few are the workers.
Word – what God has spoken to us through his word. The Bible is full of promises and prophecies. By some accounts the Bible has over 1,200 prophecies and over 3,500 promises. If our lives do not line up with the word of God, they will be out of order, and out of God’s will. The word of God has a promise for every aspect of our lives. It is up to us take hold of those promises that line up with the will of God for our lives, and set to work at the task at hand.
So what has God called you to do, and are you doing it?