Does the fear of stepping outside of God’s will prevent you from making a bold leap of faith? Many waste their lives just waiting to hear from God, or to receive some divine direction that never comes. We can become paralyzed by all the possible good choices that surround us because we are afraid of missing the best opportunity. I submit to you that a heart that is totally devoted to God, a life that is wholly given to Him, cannot casually step outside of His will. If your driving passion is to see others come to Christ, how can your actions then be contrary to the will of God? God’s heart is for people, and so when our heart is for people as well, we are acting in concert with Him.
God has placed passions in our hearts so that we might utilize them to bring glory to His name; everything we do is for this purpose. One of the reasons we sometimes get stuck with indecision is because we are making too much of the decision about ourselves. We are not the point; a phrase that has become popular in recent years is that “it’s not about you!” The whole point of our life is to glorify God. We read the Bible searching for clues as to what to do with our lives because we are under the mistaken impression that the book is all about us. On the contrary, the Bible is God’s word given to us, but the book is all about Him. We are not the subject of our faith, He is. When we understand that it’s not about us, but rather about Him, our choices become less stressful and more clear.
Once we recognize our decisions should be based on what brings Him the most glory, then we can begin moving forward with confidence. Instead of framing decisions by what is best for us in our lives, we now understand that our choices are to be made based on what most glorifies God. Suddenly the pressure is off, because we now know that whatever we choose, we will be fulfilling our purpose in life, and that is to bring glory to the God of the universe. No longer will we be entangled by our own petty desires but rather we’ll be free to be the person we were created to be. As long as we are engaged in activities that bring Glory to God, we are in His will and are contributing to His mission as Kingdom people. We need not worry about doing the good but missing the best, because we are in His will and doing His work by glorifying Him.
Each day should be a fresh exercise in discovering ways we can honor and glorify Him. As we move forward in this manner, our lives will become a beautiful reflection of everything that He is. We will shine brilliantly with His incredible love and will demonstrate His mercy to those we encounter. This is the fulfilled and abundant life that He promised to us (John 10:10). Don’t be paralyzed by the fear of not knowing what God’s will is for your life. You were created to glorify Him through the use of your unique combination of skills and passions. If you will take care of the “why” (to glorify Him), He’ll take care of the “how” (the ways you will accomplish it). You need not be worried about finding some elusive perfect plan; you’ll never discover it. Instead, be surrendered and devoted to Him in every moment of your life and watch what unfolds before you. Jesus gave you your passions so that you would glorify Him through their use. If you will simply be willing to use your talents for Him, He will multiply both your ability and effectiveness.
Don’t be afraid to take bold steps as you seek to live out your calling. Continue the mission of God in ways that only you can, with your unique personality and passions. Stay focused on glorifying God in everything that you do, and you will remain firmly in His will. Every moment of your life is an opportunity to reflect His beauty and to express His love to others. Don’t be afraid to move forward; don’t be concerned with discovering God’s will for your life. Instead, seize each and every moment and glorify Him in that instant. As you manifest the love of Jesus by serving others, you will find that you are living the abundant life fully immersed in His will. Don’t fear and don’t hesitate; this is your moment. Seize it and glorify God.