I know. That’s a pretty audacious claim. I get it. I bet you rolled your eyes when you read the title. Didn’t you! It’s okay. I would have too.
It sounds absurd for anyone to assert they know God’s will for others. But, I am asking you give me three minutes to read the rest of the blog.
I am certain I know God’s will for your life and mine.
“What is God’s will for my life?”
If you are asking this question, I can safely assume the following:
- That you are a follower of Jesus Christ
- You believe God created you for a reason and placed you on this planet earth at this particular time to accomplish God’s purpose
- That you are not sure what that reason or purpose is yet
Typically, when people are asking such a question it is because they are facing an important decision in life:
- Should I marry him/her?
- Should I take the new job offer?
- What should I study in college?
It is good to ask God for guidance. But how do we know? How can we be certain what God’s will is?
I don’t know the particulars of whether you should marry him or her, or whether you should take the new job offer even though it might mean moving away from family and church.
But I do know one thing with absolute certainty about God’s will for your life.
AND I think it’s because we don’t get this part right that we get so many other things about God’s will confused in our lives.
Ready? Want to hear?
Here you go – God wants you in the disciple making business.
Whatever else it is that you are doing, if you’re not making disciples, that is not God’s will for your life.
You don’t have to ever wonder if this is God’s will or not. This is absolutely God’s will for every Christ-follower. God wants every follower to be about the business of making new disciples.
This poses a serious problem for us. How many of us Christians have shared our faith with someone and led someone to choose to be a disciple of Jesus Christ?
I know. Not many of us. And that’s a serious problem.
Perhaps, the answer to who shall I marry, what shall I study, should I take this new job opportunity lies in the making disciple thing.
I am suggesting that you answer such life questions by asking which of these things will help you to make disciples more effectively?
- Will marrying him/her help me to make disciples?
- Will choosing this career use all my God given talents and gifts so that my life can be used to make disciples as a teacher, engineer, plumber, electrician, lawyer, doctor, etc?
Perhaps, when we clearly prioritize the disciple making part of God’s will in our lives, decisions about other life questions will become clearer. Perhaps when we see all things in our life as a tool and an instrument to help us to be about making disciples that the questions to the particulars become crystal clear.
“Go and make disciples of all nations. Baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:18-19)