What is God’s will for my life?
This is often the sixty four thousand dollar question we are all trying to answer. God has a purpose for each of us. And we know that living out that purpose will bring us more joy and fulfilment than anything else on earth. But what is it?
There are many good things we could do, and we know that God will bless us no matter which of those many good things we choose to do – but surely God has a preference?! Perhaps most of all, we don’t want to miss out on whatever it is that God has in store for us.
I believe there are many big clues that God gives, directing us towards His purpose for our lives. Since Jesus left us with a Great Commandment (love God and one another) and a Great Commission (make disciples of all nations) then His unique purpose for our lives will be rooted in these things. But alongside that, I believe there are four things to consider:
What do you know that God has already called you to? What words has He spoken to you? To help you with this, firstly think back to the times when you have felt closest to God, or to powerful spiritual experiences you have had. Did God say anything that points towards His call on your life? Second, consider His Word. When you read the Bible which are the passages that always set your heart on fire, or that you know are clear words for you personally? And thirdly, think back to any prophetic words people have prayed over you. Are there words and prophecies that you trust are from the Lord?
What are the needs that you see around the world and have a special burden for? Which issues break your heart? Every time we switch on the news now we see broken situations, but there will be some that grab your heart more than others. Which are they for you? Refugees in Palestine? Orphans in Kenya? Homeless people on the streets of your city? Teenagers on the streets of your town?
What are you most passionate about? What makes you feel most fulfilled? And what tends to get you angry? Are there subjects that light you up so much that you can happily talk about them until 4am each morning?
You have a unique set of natural talents and spiritual gifts given to you by the Lord. And where God calls He also equips. He gave you those skills and abilities so you can serve Him, not yourself. So how you can you use them in the service of the King. Are you a good teacher? A good leader? A painter, or writer, or musician? Are there sports you excel at? Do you have gifts of prophecy, or prayer? Then use them to further the Kingdom.
Call, need, passion and gifts. You will often find areas where these four converge in your life. These are a great indication towards God’s vision for your life. Meditate on them. Pray them through. And where they do converge, perhaps they help in answering that question, what is God’s will for my life?
Mark Williamson works as a director of One Rock. He’s an experienced leadership trainer, author of biographies on John Wesley and William Wilberforce, and is also passionate about praying for London. He enjoys good films, good food, and going for long walks with his wife Joanna. You can follow him on Twitter @markonerock.