In the last blog, I shared my experience in discovering areas where God wanted to work in my life. I also shared how God has shown me that writing is one area God wants me to concentrate on. So the question is, how did I discover this? Did I see the sky open up and a voice from heaven said, “Walk this way”? Let me put your minds at ease. There was no open sky. There was no audible voice from heaven and there was no comedian from “Young Frankenstein” saying, “Walk this way”. However, there are a few steps we can take to know what God has for us and what we should do about it.
The key to knowing the will of God is in Matthew 6:33 (NASB).
“But seek first His kingdom and righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you.”
So what does that mean? Before we can understand it, we have to know to who was Jesus speaking to and what He said just before this. It all started in Matthew 5.
A crowd was following Jesus and they wanted to Him to teach. Jesus starts off by telling the crowd about those who God favors. Those who are humble, meek, poor in spirit, mourners, merciful, pure in heart. He explains that these are the type of people God loves and they were to be these type of people for the world to see. Then Jesus turns on the controversy.
He starts by saying, “You have heard it said…” and then states, “…but I say.” Think about this for a minute. You are a leader in your church. You teach, help and do all the right things. Yet, you hear someone say, “No matter what he/she teaches, here is what I say…” How would you feel? If you are like me, you would feel angry. You would feel that there was someone who was treading on your audience, your people. This was exactly what Jesus wanted to teach.
Jesus wanted to teach that no matter what the religious leaders thought was right, they weren’t. The Word of God didn’t say what these people were originally taught. In fact, they were way off base. Jesus talks about murder, adultery, divorce, taking oaths, revenge, how to treat your enemies, giving, prayer, fasting and money. He basically turns the original taught concepts on their heads and explains that it is not the action of the individual that counts, but the heart and mind that count. It is not what we do, but how we think.
After this, Jesus says, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life…” Wait for a moment. Here is someone who taught us everything we thought we knew was wrong. Our actions, although important, are not the key to sin, but our minds and hearts and now you tell us not to worry? That’s right. Don’t worry.
Jesus says that if God takes care of the birds and flowers, that are here today and gone tomorrow, what do we have to worry about? Aren’t we made in God’s image? Don’t we take more importance in God’s eyes than all of creation? Yes. God cares so much for us that no matter what we are going through, He is right there with you, so why worry? This is when He says, “But seek first His kingdom and righteousness…”
The first step in knowing God’s will is to ask Him. Pick up your bible and read it. Pray and ask God to reveal His will to you. You can only know God’s will when you have a relationship with him, a serious one. Not one of just company or passing by, but one of intimacy and love. One where He knows you and you know Him.
The next step I took was to evaluate my talents. This is not just a self-evaluation, but an other-focused evaluation. Let people tell you where your talents are. Even if you don’t ask, allow others to let you know what you’re good at. I didn’t know if I was good with writing until people told me that they enjoyed what I write. Sometimes we have talents that make no sense to us, but God enables us to do it anyway. That is how you know it is from God. If you can do it on your own, then it probably isn’t from God. He wants to do the impossible in your life, therefore, if you can do it, it is not impossible. Who would have thought that someone who failed English class would end up writing? Not me.
Finally, use your talent for the Kingdom. Your vision must be Kingdom focused. If it is not Kingdom focused then most likely it is man focused. Paul told Timothy, his apprentice, “Faith without works is dead.” Therefore, we must use our talents. If we have faith in Christ, then we should use our talents for His glory.
These steps are not impossible. They also aren’t easy. However, they are simple. Sometimes the simple things in life aren’t the easiest things to do. If you want to know God’s will for your life, seek Him first, discover what you’re good at and then use it for the Kingdom.
God Bless and encourage someone today.