Sometimes, finding out God’s will can be confusing to people. They think about their lives and wonder where God is leading them. In other instances, it could also feel like our own interests are in conflict with what we perceive as “God’s will”. In this post, we will be helping you how to know what God wants you to do.
Our Personal Experience
Charles always had a calling to be a pastor. Although he had a role in his hometown church in Arkansas, he wanted to minister more by preaching the Word weekly as a senior pastor of his own church. I’ve witnessed him preach a couple of times, and he is a really anointed speaker. He felt like he could glorify God in this way, when he preaches the word through groups of people.
What’s really amazing is that God is slowly but surely leading us to this path, by allowing us to pursue Charles’ passions, such as serving as a chaplain in the US Air Force. He is able to have experience in chapel responsibilities and how to counsel people, which furthermore gives him skills that he will need as he eventually plants a church.
As for me, I knew I had no “one strong calling” in the beginning. I had a lot of interests and knowledge about things. However, none specifically stood out which I ultimately loved to do. Back in the Philippines, I initially pursued Film in one of the top universities in the country. However, I decided to shift because of practical reasons. I wanted something I love, yet could help our family financially. I eventually graduated as a Speech Pathologist in the same university.
It was confusing for me to understand what God wants me to do because I liked so many things. I like writing, ministry, cooking, travel, fashion and design, children, art–you name it, I like it! Eventually, all fell into place when God revealed to me that I can do all of these things while giving glory to Him. I am a partner and helper to Charles–but at the same time, he gives me the freedom to pursue all my interests.
See how everything worked out? God is an amazing God! And so, here are some guidelines we have made on how to know what God wants you to do.
How to Know What God Wants You to Do
1. Understand God’s calling for all Christians
We should understand that God has a calling and commandment for all Christians. I’m sure you have heard of them. But in case you haven’t, here they are:
‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’ -Luke 10:27
All of us are called to love God with all that we are. Also when we love God truthfully, we come to love others as well. When we understand this, the more we can apply this command in our daily lives.
2. We all have gifts
All of us have gifts. Gifts can be something such as a talent or a skill. Or it can be a strong desire such as being a friend, taking pictures, tidying up, etc. You don’t have to think that you’re good at it. Just remember that if you like doing something, it is still a gift, a talent, a desire that God instilled in your heart. Remember, when God called the apostles, they weren’t exceptionally skilled in preaching, talking to people and they weren’t the most eloquent in knowledge.
What did they have? They had a willing heart. Remember: God does not call the qualified, but He qualifies the called.
Whatever your gift is, discover it and cultivate it. Remember:
Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. -James 1:17
3. Use your Gift to Glorify God
The reason why gifts are given to us by God is for us to understand that it all comes from Him. We are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:4)–each one of us. Our specific talents, skills, hobbies and experiences are handpicked by God so that we can bring glory to Him.
Imagine this: Your mom and dad knew that you liked to play piano a lot. Knowing this, they saved up money and gave you a piano on Christmas. You also had the opportunity to go to perform on a recital. When they ask you who do you dedicate your piece to, wouldn’t it be fitting to dedicate it to your loving parents?
The same is with our Heavenly Father. He desires to be “thanked for” by dedicating unto Him what He gave to us.
4. Wherever you are, whatever you do
Glorify God! That is how to know what God wants you to do. It seems to be confusing, but it is really simple. Do you have a dream? Honor God by pursuing that dream and dedicate your accomplishments to Him! Do you have a passion that you just can’t stop doing? Do you passion lovingly and thank Him for it.
That is will of God, to glorify Him. Wherever you are, and whatever you do.
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. – 1 Peter 4:10
How to know what God wants you to do
I hope this post was helpful to you! If you want to know more about God’s will, you can read this book called How to Know God’s Will: What the Bible Says.
This book is geared toward understanding more what is God’s general and personal will for each of us, and to help us pursue it accordingly. If you’re more serious to understand this calling, this book is for you.
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