When I was a kid, people would ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I was not too fond of this question because I didn’t know the answer. There were so many things I wanted to be when I grew up. However, the worst part was trying to figure out what God wanted for my life. What was His will for me? This post will show you how to find the answer to this critical question.
What You Want To Do
Narrowing down what you’re supposed to do with your life can be very difficult. If you’re like me, there are lots of things you want to do. But how do you know which of those things you’re supposed to do?
I’m going to tell a little secret to those who might not have much life experience. Life doesn’t consist of only performing one or two roles. You often have several roles you must fill in your life. Example, I’m a wife, a mom, and a writer. All three of those things include a lot of smaller roles. I’m the CFO of our family, I’m the chauffeur, I’m the chef, I’m the maid, I’m the manager, the coordinator, the nurse, the health guru, the fashion expert, the makeup artist, the web designer, the editor in chief, the assistant, and the author. And to be honest, that’s not even half of what I do.
What I’m trying to say here is, you can do many things with your life. You don’t have to choose just one. If you want to be a musician, then be a musician. Learn music and learn it well. If you also want to be a business owner, then freelance that music you’re making and ta-da! You are now the proud owner of your own music business. And then, if you want to be a chef as well, learn how to cook. Take a class or two. Then invite clients over to dinner.
The point is you can do many different things so stop trying to limit God’s will for your life. He might have many things He wants for you. In fact, I would argue that He wants more from you than one thing. When God placed Adam and Eve in the garden, he gave them two main commands. He told them to tend to the garden and to multiply. God created us with so much potential. Don’t try to limit that to one thing. No one is only doing one thing.
How Do I Know What God’s Will Is
Hopefully, now you’ve realized that you can do many things and you are figuring out what you want to do with your life. So the question is, “how do I know if what I want is what God wants for me?”
To answer this question, we have to answer a few more questions.
Is the career you’ve chosen a moral way of life?
Is there any biblical command against the kind of work you want to do?
Is this a legal way of earning money?
Do you involve yourself in an ethical business?
Is this type of work going to keep you from fulfilling other roles God has given you?
How can you serve your local church and the universal church in this vocation?
How does this occupation help you fulfill The Great Commision?
Are you able to “love the Lord your God with all of your heart, soul, mind, and strength” in this profession?
What Do I Do Now
If you can answer these questions and have concluded that this is a profession that would honor God, then do it.
If you have a passion for being an architect, then be the best, most God-glorifying architect that you can be. If you want to be a florist, then you be a florist that uses the beauty of God’s creation to show the love of Christ to a lost and dying world. If you want to be a grocery clerk, (something I have been doing for the past eight years), then you be like Jesus to those customers, especially the annoying ones, and honor God in your work ethic.
God doesn’t call everyone to be a pastor or overseas missionary or an evangelist. He desires for people to be chefs and taxi drivers and plumbers and consultants, and lawyers. There are Christians in those professions that impact people that no one else can. He uses everyone in different ways. We’re told in the Bible that we are the body of Christ. That means that we all have different roles that work together to complete the work that God has given us.
So, go out there and do the thing that God has given you a passion for. Do it with all of your might. Don’t make it complicated. Just do it. Be faithful to Christ and the God-exalting desires He’s given you.
I hope this was helpful for you and gives you some direction for your life. If you want to read more things like this, subscribe to this blog, and you will receive an email when I post something new. You can also follow me on social media by clicking on Contact Me. Thanks for reading!
(Psssttt… one last thing before you go. There are a couple of books that I’ve found really useful when thinking about this subject. The first is “Found: God’s Will” by John MacArthur and the second is “Don’t Waste Your Life” by John Piper. Both are excellent reads to help you understand the deeper meaning of God’s will for your life.)