Finding God’s Will

Finding God’s will for your life is a question most people will face once they fully give their lives to follow Jesus. If you are like me, you may have a good idea of what you want for your life, but sometimes aren’t sure if it’s what God has in mind too.

On the other hand, you may have no idea what you want for your life and are hoping God will give you some hints as to what His plan is. Regardless of your current situation, finding God’s will for your life involves both surrendering to His will and seeking Him with all your heart.

Surrender Your Will

First, the decision to surrender our own will to follow God’s will can be a difficult thing, especially if we aren’t sure what God has in mind. My personal battle with this idea of surrender began when I was in junior high.

While I fully believed in God at a young age, I had difficulty accepting everything I felt God wanted for me and expected from of me. I wanted to be saved and go to Heaven, but I was more concerned with pursuing my own goals and desires than living completely for God.

At that age, I dreamed of becoming a professional golfer, but what if God wanted me to be a preacher? Furthermore, high school was only a couple years away and leading a Bible study wasn’t exactly the ticket to girlfriends and popularity.

At that time, the cost of totally yielding to God came at too high of a price. I lived the next decade of my life in a type of spiritual quandary – not living apart from Jesus, but also not living completely for Jesus.

If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. (Matthew 16:24-25)

We must be willing to lay down our lives before Jesus and give Him everything including our hopes and dreams.

Since Jesus gave His life for us, should we not give our lives fully to Him?

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.” (Romans 12:1)

Giving our lives fully to Jesus is not only our reasonable service to God; it is also necessary to fully experience the life God has for us.

God Always Has Your Back

Furthermore, surrendering our lives to Christ is much easier when we realize how much He loves and cares for us. We must remember that God is for us and always has our best in mind.

For I know the plans I have for you. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” (Jeremiah 29:11).

We can trust God with every detail of our lives, knowing His plans are good and He remains faithful. Once we have fully given our lives to Jesus, we can begin to seek His will for us.

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Matthew 7:7-8)

When we seek direction from God, He promises He will lead us. Not only do we have the Holy Spirit to be our guide, but God also gives us His word to direct us.

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. (Psalms 119:105)

When we look to the word of God, we can find answers, direction, and wisdom in every situation. By living surrendered to God’s will and seeking Him daily, we are sure to discover the plans that He has for our lives.

How will I realize God’s plan for me?

Sometimes God reveals people’s calling in a moment through prophecy, a vision, or divine word. For others, God reveals plans one step at a time.

Personally, I’ve found God to use the step-by-step method most often. I tend to think God uses this method so we won’t get overwhelmed, while it also requires and builds our faith.

A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps. (Proverbs 16:9)

I find this verse to be as liberating as it is assuring. For even when I set out to accomplish goals and make plans, God is sure to correct my course when needed.

Winston Churchill once said “Hear this, young men and women everywhere, and proclaim it far and wide. The earth is yours and the fullness thereof. Be kind, but be fierce. You are needed now more than ever before. Take up the mantle of change. For this is your time.”

God has an assignment for us, we were created for a divine purpose, and now is our time to act in faith for what God has destined for our lives.

As God commanded Joshua, He also commands to us:

Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. (Joshua 1:9)