Jessie Blas is a youth pastor for Christ Fellowship en Espanol. His love for God, and pursuit of being obedient, faithful, and diligent is an inspiration to those around him. I asked him the question, “How does someone determine God’s Will?” And this was his response.
Q: How does someone determine God’s will?
What a great question that we will all come across at some point in our lives or another.
I love the fact someone is interested in this question in the first place because it may mean that you are already in mist of God’s will for your life.
Now, this question can be very complex, so please remember that these are just a few thoughts on the topic.
And, I’m still asking this question over and over again in my own life and still continue to receive illumination on this topic.
With that said, when it comes to God’s will for our lives I’ve seen two types will’s at work in a believer’s life… God’s Sovereign Will & God’s Personal will.
A1: DISCOVERING GOD’S SOVEREIGN WILL – “Seeking the Kingdom of God”
God’s sovereign will for our lives are the things that God is going to do no matter what.
No matter what we or anybody does or does not decide to do, God will do what he has planned to do ever since the creation of the world (Proverbs 19:21,Psalms 115:3, Ephesians 1:11. Romans 9:18-20).
The number one way that we can discover God’s sovereign Will is through God’s sovereign word.
These are the things in the bible that God has been doing in the past, keeps doing even today and will continue to do in the future until all of what He has said comes to pass.
I like to call them ongoing themes of the bible…
One of many themes that we see is God restoring humanity back to himself. God has always, is always and will always be in the business of saving lives (John 3:16, Psalm 68:20, Ephesians 2:8-9).
Another theme that we see is God building His kingdom. (Matthew 6:10, Isaiah 55:11, Mark 1:14-15, Acts 28:31, Revelations 21:1-4)
And there are many more themes all throughout the bible that reveal God’s sovereign will.
And if we first understand God’s sovereign will over our lives, it will be easier to understand God’s personal will over our lives.
Once we have a clearer picture of God’s sovereign will; the easier it’ll be for us to determine if our lives are supporting or working against what God whats to do.
“Anyone who isn’t with me opposes me, and anyone who isn’t working with me is actually working against me.” ~ Matthew 12:30
A2: DISCOVERING GOD’S PERSONAL WILL – “Living Righteously”
God’s personal will for our lives are the things that God wants to do specifically through us.
It only make sense that God’s sovereign will and God’s personal will over our lives would have something to do with each other.
Now when we think of God’s personal will normally we only think of things such as: Should we move? Where should we work? What school should we attend? Should we be in a relationship with that person?
But, just like God’s sovereign will, there are things we must first know and pay closer attention too. Once we know those, then everything else will fall into place.
“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” ~ Matthew 6:33
For example: too often we focus on these monumental things but don’t put forward enough time and energy towards living righteously.
But, God’s personal will for our lives is not so much about what we will do or not do, but rather who we will be or not be.
Take for example “Knowing Christ as your personal Lord and Savior.” This is God’s number one personal will for your life, that you may believe in the Father and in the Son.
“For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life,and I will raise them up at the last day.” ~ John 6:40
Another example of God’s personal will for you is holiness. As a Christian you are called to “be holy” just as Christ is holy.
“But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” ~ 1 Peter 1:15-16
This is because one of God’s personal will’s for you is to be more like Him. And most of the time, His personal will for you will have to do with who He is personally.
These are just a few examples of God’s personal will for your life. The rest you’ll have to discover for yourself as you discover who God is and who He’s called you to be.
Just remember God’s personal will for your life is not so much one major event, but more so a series of smaller events of obedience to Him throughout the course of your life.
And more than that, God’s personal will for your life is not so much what we will do or not do, but rather who we will be. Whether we’re more and more like Him!
Once you are aware of God’s sovereign will and are living out God’s personal will (found in the person of Christ), everything else is just that; everything else!
In other words, keep the main thing, the main thing! That always has been and always will be the main thing!
All other things such as: Where you should move? Where you should work? What school you should attend? Who you should marry? Will be made clear to you as you follow Christ, as you trust God and as His Holy Spirit communicates directly to you!
“But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you.” ~ John 16:13-14