What is God’s Will for My Life?

A common question for Christian young people is, “What is God’s will for my life.” You may be asking this today. Usually we are thinking about God’s will for schooling, or marriage, or our vocation. It is not just young people. We all ask about the Lord’s will, especially when we are at major forks in the road. God does care about these decisions and wants us make them carefully.

But we can be so focused on these types of decisions, that we forget more important issues regarding God’s will. What are these more important matters?

They are well illustrated by the Great Commandment and the Great Commission. God’s will for us, is first of all, that we love him with our whole being, and that we love others. In Matthew 22 Jesus taught that love is the greatest commandment, and that the rest of Scripture depends on it. What good does it do, to seek God’s will in the lesser decisions of life, if we fail to do his will here? If we truly love him and others, then our decisions about school, marriage, and work will tend to fall in place.

The second important matter is found in the Great Commission of Matthew 28. The mandate that Jesus left for his disciples, for you and me, involves the mission of the church to share the gospel and make disciples everywhere. We are to go into all the world, near and far, reaching others for Christ. This is God’s will for us. If we fail to fulfill it, then we will likely not decide the other matters well either.

God loves the world and desires for all people to come to a saving faith. He cares deeply about this. It is his will for our lives that we love him, and that we love others so much that we are willing to sacrificially share the gospel with them. May the Lord help us today to think wisely about his will for our lives, in matters both great and small.

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