Did God have something in mind for your life the day you were born? The number one question people ask ministers is, “What is God’s will for my life?” We want details and God rarely gives them for good reason.
One of the greatest gifts God ever gave man is the freedom to choose for himself. He never intended for His will to make us mechanical or static. Instead, He gives us great freedom, some would say too much freedom!
- The freedom to choose whether or not you want God in your life.
- The freedom to choose or reject salvation by His Son, Jesus.
He gives us freedom to choose but at the same time He has a will, a desire, a dream He’s always had for us. What is it?
Last Sunday afternoon I went for a prayer walk with God and I asked Him, “Lord, what is Your dream for me?” On the inside of me I heard Him quickly reply,
“To love the Lord with all your heart, and all your soul, and all your mind, and all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself.”
It’s not that often I get such a quick response to my prayer.
The upsetting part of this is, I thought I was already doing this, but, apparently not! I asked another question.
“Lord, how can I love You like You tell me to?
This time I did not get a response like the first time. Somehow I knew that I already knew the answer. Then it came to me in one word.
I love God by the choices that I freely make in my life. That’s it, so simple that most will miss it. Loving God is a moment by moment choice that unfolds throughout our lifetime. Love is a choice. Without a choice there can be no love.
My favorite example of this is Mary and Martha with Jesus as their houseguest. While Martha chose to work in the kitchen, preparing food. Mary chose to sit at Jesus’ feet and feed on His every Word. Two people and two different choices.
- Martha’s choice wasn’t wrong, it’s just not the better choice.
- Mary’s choice left some work undone but Jesus said,
“Mary has chosen the better part.”
- Martha tried to please Him by serving.
- Mary pleased Him by being with Him.
I’ve heard that without Martha’s nothing would get done, but that is not true. Mary was not lazy. She was serving the Lord too. But her serving was out of loving Him and not doing something for Him. There is a difference. We certainly are to serve the Lord but only as He directs and not as we assume. Ask yourself this question:
Does God want me to do more for Him?
You probably know the answer but just in case you are not sure, ask Him? Remember God’s answer about what His dream was for me? Well, that’s His dream for you too.
First and foremost, He wants you and I to be lovers of God more than workers for God. There are workers, and then there are lovers. Don’t misunderstand this, lovers work. In fact, lovers will work more those who are just workers! A person with passion will go far beyond what a worker will do.
So the will of God for your life is not some one, two or three big events at certain times. It is the moment by moment unfolding of of His will each time you choose to be be a lover of God first.
God’s dream for your life is radically simple:
To love the Lord with all your heart, soul, strength and mind and your neighbor as yourself and then?
Do whatever is in your heart. Because you are a lover of God first, then you will automatically “choose the best part” just like Mary. Love motivating the heart will always makes the best choice.
I would love to hear your comments, ideas and suggestions, or feedback. Please leave me a comment.