Forgotten God / Chapter 6 [1]

In reviewing Chapter 6 of Forgotten God, I’ve decided to write two separate posts.  Francis Chan essentially talks about two different subjects in this chapter anyways … so one post will be about “God’s Will” and the other post will be about “Giving it all for Christ”.

God’s Will

The title of chapter 6 is: Forget about His will for your life! Thought provoking, huh 🙂  It is a question that consumes all of us – at one time or another … maybe more than once.  Everyone wants to know: what is God’s will for my life?  What does God want me to do in life?  And if we’re honest with ourselves, many of us struggle so much with this question that we end up not doing anything cause we’re afraid of doing “something that isn’t God’s will”.

But what if God has already showed us His ultimate will for our lives?  I firmly believe in Scripture, God has pointed out what He wants us – His Church, His children – to do in life: Love Him, Love others, and make disciples of the nations (Matthew 22:34-40, 28:18-20).  See, I believe that God gives all of us this big-picture-will, and then He assigns us different paths to accomplish this task.  Essentially, no one is without knowledge of God’s Will … it’s written within Scripture, time and again.

So instead of asking, “God, what is Your will for my life”, I think a better question should be, “God, how can I love You and my neighbor today?  How can I better live for Your glory today?”

Chan notes:

God cares more about our response to His Spirit’s leading today, in this moment, than about what we intend to do next year …

It’s much less demanding to think about God’s will for your future than it is to ask Him what He wants you to do in the next ten minutes.  It’s safer to commit to following Him someday instead of this day.

Yes, we all have a special task to do within our lives – whether it is to preach the gospel or to take care of the elderly or the mission field or something in the arts.  Discerning this task takes prayer and Godly counsel.  And once we know what we are to do, then we must embark on the journey to accomplish our task.  However, throughout all of this – from day-to-day, from job to job – we are to be living a life that honors God, by loving Him, those around us, and helping others to do the same.  This is God’s ultimate will for your life.

How we accomplish this depends on what God is leading us to do.  How do you find out this answer?  By connecting (and staying connected) to Him – His Spirit – on a daily basis.

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