“’Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men.’ Immediately they (Simon and Andrew) left their nets and followed Him.” (Matthew 4:19-20)
During my last 34 years of my life, I seemed to continually struggle with knowing God’s purpose for my life. I really wanted more than anything to follow His plan. Interestingly, now that I have found Him and know Him, I still struggle with doing His purpose in my life. I have come to learn that this is not just something that we just do but it is a lifelong pursuit in order to stay in the exact center of His plan and to trust in it.
How can you know what is God’s plan for your life?
Trust & Walk with Him.
As Christians, we can follow God’s plan for us by believing that He has everything in control and His sovereignty will guide us where He wants us to go. If you are interested in knowing God’s plan for your life, then you must learn to walk with God. You need to develop a relationship with Him.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths”. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
You need to cultivate the relationship with God by spending time in His Word, taking time for prayer, and taking every opportunity you can to be involved in church and small Christians group life groups which cultivates learning more of Him. When you start to understand and practice these disciplines in your life, God will begin the first steps to revealing His plan to you.
Pray & surrender to Him.
Prayer is the way to stay connected with God through open communication. If you don’t know what God’s plan is for you, ask Him in prayer. Many times when we say we are seeking God’s purpose, what we are really saying, here’s what I’m planning to do God, now I need you to rubber stamp this. I have been a victim on this for all those years of my life before I came to know Him and must admit that this was never effective in finding His true purpose for me.
Before God reveals His will to you, you must be committed to doing whatever it is that He desires for you to do. God will likely be slow to show you His plan if He knows you will likely not do that plan anyway. When you pray and seek that God’s will be done in your life, God will always show you your next step in His plan. It is important that we stay in contact with Him. God still yearns for a relationship with us. As we honor Him in prayer, He will guide us according to His will.
“Pray without ceasing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
Jesus died for us, so that we live for Him, so when we surrender to Him that is when He really begins to direct our steps.
Be Intentional & seek God’s input
We seem to want to know what God’s plan for our lives, but we overlook the fact that His will is already delineated through His Word. If we do not obey the things that God has shown us clearly to be His will, why would we think He would reveal any further information regarding His plan for our lives? Obedience is an important first step. One key component to finding God’s purpose is to seek the input of godly advisors in your life. You can be sure that God’s plan for you involves love. You may be doing what the Holy Spirit has placed on your heart and mind, but if you are only active in your mind and leave your heart behind, then you are missing the point. Be active in God’s plan while loving those that you are in contact with. The church is designed to help you greatly with this. The more you involve yourself with a community of believers, the greater you for you to find and express love to help you discern God’s will. God has created you to fulfill a specific role in this world. There is no one else who can achieve completely what God has purposely created you to do.
“As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God”. (1 Peter 4:10)
Listen to His Spirit & answer when He calls
Many of us do all the talking when we pray to God. But, sometimes the most important thing we need to do while praying is listening. We need take time to listen to what God might have to say to me during our prayer.
During your prayer time, try to meditate on areas you are asking God’s help. Often, God will start flooding your heart with ideas and information regarding one or more of those areas. Through experiences like this, God can show you with clarity what His purpose is for your life.
“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me”. (John 10:27)
When you walk with the Lord, He will actually let you do many great things that you love to do. When you are close to Him, He actually begins to shape your desires so that you desire the things that He has already called you to do. His plan actually becomes an exciting adventure. God demonstrates His plan for our lives by lining up circumstances in obvious ways and He also shows us what His will is NOT for us to do in that same way. Over the last 35 years, I have discovered that God is really good at opening and closing doors.
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
The next time you begin to ponder God’s plan for your life, I would encourage you to seek His will earnestly, you will find it. I pray that if you don’t know what God is doing in your life right now that you will spend time faithfully in prayer, asking our Father what His will is for your life and live a life worthy of His calling.
For more details on this topic, look out for my upcoming book; “From a Boy 2a Man 2a Giant”