First…no, this is not a Holy Grail reference – now that we have that cleared up…on with the post…
“Is this God’s will for my life?” A question asked by many…often many times…in many different ways (is that too many ‘manys’?) Sometimes it gets asked differently…”what is,” or “how can I know”? But it all comes down to we want some reassurance we’re following His will. Or is it really reassurance we’re after? I think sometimes we use the question as a smokescreen – plead uncertainty to avoid obedience regarding an area of our life we don’t want to be obedient. I’m not even talking about overt rebellion, I’m referring more along the lines of comfortable inaction – I believe Jesus called it being lukewarm (Revelation 3:15-16). But I digress from this week’s post…maybe we’ll pick up this thought next time…
Questions three, a tool I use to help me out in trying to determine my steps in the Christian walk. I’d love to claim these as my original idea…but as someone who accumulates, aggregates and then regurgitates…these questions come from multiple sources. Scripture principles, books, sermons, blog posts, and various other sources have all contributed to the questions. When faced with the “is it God’s will” question…I ask myself the following:
- Does it violate scripture?
- Would Jesus approve?
- Does it bring me and/or others closer to God?
If the answer to all of the above is yes…then time to move forward. If for some reason, it’s not what God wants me to do, I’m going to trust Him to speak loud enough to clear any confusion on my part. Now, I try not to stand around waiting for the answer…waiting for the billboard from heaven could cause me to miss the opportunity to follow Him. (I’m not saying don’t pray about it…I am saying if you get three yes answers…then no need to spend days making sure it’s the right thing.)
Questions one is obvious – if scripture says to do or don’t do something…whatever you’re considering needs to be in line with scripture.
Question two is there to cover things not explicitly covered by scripture. The principle may be there, but the actual words aren’t. It’s a play on the old WWJD thing…which really is a horrible question in and of itself. Jesus may spit in some dirt and put mud on a blind person’s eyes. We’re told to love and care for them…so I think the way question two is worded fits better for our walk.
Question three is also an application of what we’re called to do…preach the gospel and make disciples. If what we’re questioning does that…bring me or others closer to Him…then we’re to do it. I admit there are times when it may not be readily apparent what the answer might be on this one, but as we grow in Christ, this will become clearer.
To be able to determine the answers to these questions requires a couple of things…prayer and knowledge of His word. How are we going to know what scripture says or the principles it teaches without reading the source material? Or to put it in a more scripturally sound manner…
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. [2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV]
Armed with the knowledge of His word and these questions three (or similar ones), we’ll be able to answer that other question…”Is this the will of God?”