Have you ever wondered what God’s will is for your life? Who you should marry, which career you should pursue, which house to buy, or even which shoes to wear? Wouldn’t it be convenient if God simply told us how to live our lives?
It would. And He did!
For this is the will of God, your sanctification. (1 Thes 4:3)
Everything boils down to this: that you are being made holy, shaped into the very likeness of Christ Himself. Every circumstance and situation in your life has been perfectly tailored as an ordained opportunity, training your perspective to be woven from the stands of God’s heart. As you purposefully immerse your focus in knowing who God is, and what He loves, you will be continually molded into sharing His likeness and desires. Therein lies the refining aspect of sanctification, and the conviction of knowing what you are called to do. For in knowing God’s heart, you know His direction. In reflecting His holiness, you understand His will.
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thes 5:18)
If we understand that every circumstance and situation is a loving tool in the hands of a GOOD God, perfectly wielded to work His changes in our heart and mind, and if we trust Him to use every hard thing- in addition to every beautiful thing- to discipline the branches of our hearts to cling to the vine of His glory, then our natural inclination will be one of praise and thanks for the work He has begun- the work He has promised to complete in us.
So then, what is God’s will for your life?
It is simply this: that you know Him.
Because in knowing Him, you will love Him. In loving Him you will be transformed. In being transformed you will reflect Him. And in that reflection your plans, hopes, dreams, desires, longings and pursuits will be that which He loves.