Jan 24, 2013

Discerning God's Will

Recently, I've been having some conversations with folks about discerning God's will.

Here's the thing, I believe Christians want to do what God's calling them to. Christians genuinely want to do God's will. The thing is we often don't know what God's will is.

So here's some basic guidelines for how we might discern God's will for our lives.

  • God gifts us with talents and abilities for what he calls us to. Take an inventory of your natural strengths and gifts and ask how you can put them to use for maximum impact for God's kingdom.
  • God gives us a passion and a pain for what he has called us to. We are both passionate about how God could impact the world, and in pain because we and our organizations are not there yet. Pay close attention to what bothers you, what pains you. The likelihood is that those things pain the heart of God too. God wants to use what pains you to make the world a better place. 
  • God's calling cannot go against God's word. This seems obvious, but it still needs to be stated. God would not ever call someone to something or someone that violates God's principles as revealed in scripture. 
The ultimate question you should ask deals with maximum kingdom impact. Where can God make the biggest impact through your service?

That's most likely the place where God is calling you to.

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