I wish it were more black and white! I mean, there are certainly things that are clear about God’s will – like whether or not to cheat, or steal or lie, for instance. But what about the other stuff?
How do you know whether you are supposed to:
- pursue a career transition?
- develop a relationship with the red-headed girl?
- go on that missions trip?
- confront or cover in love in that tricky situation?
Knowing God’s will has always been a little tricky. I think He likes it that way!
Romans 12:2 says, “Do not be shaped by this world; instead be changed within by a new way of thinking. Then you will be able to decide what God wants for you; you will know what is good and pleasing to him and what is perfect.”
Here’s the thing. The new covenant God made with believers includes an offer for direct connection with Him. That’s why the curtain in the temple was torn in two. That’s what Jesus died for. No longer do we need to offer sacrifices and have a priest enter God’s presence for us. The price has been paid for us to communicate directly. Words like “royal priesthood” come to mind.
And yet if we are honest we sometimes yearn for the old days/the old ways. At least I know I do.
I want someone else to tell me what to do. I want someone to go to God for me and do the hard work of discerning what is right. In some ways it would be so much easier.
However, it would be impersonal.
I would have to wait to see some leader in order to know what God wanted me to do. In this new paradigm God wants to talk to me personally. He is even known to be jealous for us!
It’s hard work discerning His voice for myself.
It’s risky too.
I often see through a glass dimly…
BUT I am learning. I am learning that He wants to talk to me more than I realize. That He has good works designed in advance for me specifically.
And most of all,
He wants to be with me, walk with me, share life with me MORE than He wants me to “get it right”.
As long as I am moving forward with my heart toward Him doing what I think He wants me to do, He will be faithful to help me learn to hear Him more. My success is not dependent on my actions, it’s dependent on my heart!
Back to Romans 12:2, when we are transformed in the inner man, we become focused on what He is doing in us more than what we want Him to do through us. Read that sentence again.
What is God doing in you?
What are you focusing on?
Who’s coming to you for answers that God is jealous to talk to directly?
These and more are questions we talk about in Coach Training! Join the conversation?