By Timothy Jerry
In my previous post, I presented the following three keys to discovering our God-given purpose in life.
The first key to discovering our purpose is to realize that we were created for God and His glory. We were designed and created to worship our creator.
The second key to discovering our purpose is learning to fellowship with God through prayer and His word.
The third key to discovering our God-given purpose is to get busy serving others with your time, talents and resources.
The fourth key to discovering our God-given purpose is growing in our knowledge of His word, the Bible.
If you want to know what God’s will is you must know what the Bible actually declares his will. Any attempt to know what God’s will apart from what is clearly revealed in His written word is purely human speculation.
Whenever I hear people make statements about God that are contrary to what His written word declares. I realize that they are following human reasoning rather than God.
Proverbs 3:5-6 (NLT) Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.
The only way to avoid trusting in our human understanding is to place our confidence in what God clearly reveals through His written Word.
God will never do anything that is contrary to what His word declares. This is why we need to establish the Bible as the final authority in all matters of our lives. If we place anyone’s opinions or understanding on equal par with the clear teachings of Scripture then we are trusting to human understanding.
I constantly hear well-meaning people make declarations about what they think Jesus thinks about current cultural trends and practices that completely contradict the consistent declarations of what the Bible says. This is placing man’s opinion on equal par with Scripture and this will lead us away from God’s will rather than toward God’s will.
A few years ago there was a popular saying that was used called WWJD (What Would Jesus Do). The idea of this was to ask ourselves, what would Jesus do in this situation? While I think this is a perfectly good question, it is really impossible to know what Jesus would do, if you don’t know what He actually did do while on earth.
The gospels give us four different accounts of the life and ministry of Jesus Christ while on earth. Jesus Himself declared that everything that He did was only the will of His heavenly Father. So if we want to know what God the Father’s will is, then we must look to Jesus Christ.
John 5:30 (NKJV) I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.
John 10:30 (NKJV) I and My Father are one.”
John 1:18 (AMPC) No man has ever seen God at any time; the only unique Son, or the only begotten God, Who is in the bosom [in the intimate presence] of the Father, He has declared Him [He has revealed Him and brought Him out where He can be seen; He has interpreted Him and He has made Him known].
Start with the general counsel of God’s word.
Sometimes people are trying to discover God’s will for their lives when it is staring them right in the face. They want someone to give them a personal word of prophecy or waiting to see a vision or receive some special revelation. What they need to do is spend time in God’s word and just get busy doing what they already know the word says to do.
Let me give you several examples of what I mean. When it comes to reaching the lost by sharing the gospel with them, we don’t have to ask God to reveal His will to us, because his will is already clearly revealed in the word.
Mark 16:15 (NLT) And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone. (Matthew 28:18-20)
We don’t have to ask the Lord if it is His will to lay ha the sick and expect them to be healed, because here again this is clearly revealed through the ministry of Jesus our example, as well as His instructions to us as his disciples.
Mark 16:17-20 (NLT) These miraculous signs will accompany those who believe: They will cast out demons in my name, and they will speak in new languages. They will be able to handle snakes with safety, and if they drink anything poisonous, it won’t hurt them. They will be able to place their hands on the sick, and they will be healed.” When the Lord Jesus had finished talking with them, he was taken up into heaven and sat down in the place of honor at God’s right hand. And the disciples went everywhere and preached, and the Lord worked through them, confirming what they said by many miraculous signs. John 14:8-14
There are numerous areas where the Bible gives us clear instruction. These are where we need to start and give the bulk of our attention to obeying. This is what we call ‘the general purpose of God. These are Scriptures that apply to all Believers, not just a select few.
Every Christian is to share their faith with the lost. Every Christian is to pray for the body of Christ and the advancement of God’s Kingdom in this earth. Every Christian is to walk in obedience to the specific commandments to avoid the ungodly practices of this fallen world. We don’t need some special revelation to know God’s will in these areas. We just need to determine to walk in obedience to what God’s word declares.