What is your purpose in life? What is your mission? Have you ever thought about big questions like these or are you content to simply take each day as it comes? The Biblical answer to these questions is beautifully simple to discover yet maddeningly complex to implement!
For as long as I can remember I have heard Christians lament about the fact that they don’t know God’s will for their life, they don’t know what they were put on earth to do. For those folks, I have great news: you can indeed know with 100% certainty what God’s will is for your life. God’s will for your life is the same as it is for my life and for your neighbor’s life. God’s will is that we would love him with an all consuming, passionate and unconditional love. Not only this, but His will is that we love everyone with whom we come into contact with this same all consuming, passionate and unconditional love. Show His glory to others by demonstrating His love at all times. Tell others about Him with our words and actions. That’s it; it really is no more and no less than this. This is what Scripture teaches us is the will of God.
Still, we all want to know what this looks like on a more practical, day to day level. What are we to do with our lives as it concerns our work, dreams and goals? Beyond loving people, what else are we to do? Should we not seek to do extravagant and amazing things for God? Should we not seek to prosper so we might have more resources with which to serve the poor and hungry? We know we are to love, but that doesn’t tell us what we should do for our vocation or if we should get married or if we should become a missionary in a foreign land or any of a hundred other questions! How do we know what to do in these circumstances?
I submit to you that love is the answer here as well. Go loves us more than we could ever possibly hope to imagine. He has given each of us passions, dreams and talents. All we have to do is determine how best to use our gifts to demonstrate His love. Maybe it means staying in that dead end job so you can continue to love your co-workers. Or maybe it means you leave that dead end job to give you time to drink more fully of His love so you can share more of it with even more people.
Whatever decision you face, look at the issue in terms of how you might best demonstrate the love of Christ. Imagine all the ways you can serve Him if you decided to do plan A or plan B. Which decision gives you the greatest opportunity to fulfill His will for your life? Remember His will is simply that you love Him with all that you are, and you love everyone else in the same way. Are you participating in activities, relationships or a job that is choking the amount of love you are able to show to others? Are the things you are currently doing preventing you from fully serving and loving God? If your answer is yes, then you are out of the will of God, and it is time to put aside anything that would hold you back from total love and devotion to the one we call Lord. Decide today to walk in His way only. Walk in love.