I have considered myself to be a “Christian” for most of my life. However, truth be told, I only started having a real relationship with God in the last 5 to 6 years of my life. I sometimes say I found my way “back” to God, but, if I am truly being honest, that isn’t the case. Prior to my life with God now, I didn’t really have a life “with” God in it. I didn’t have God to go “back” to. At least, not from my point of view.
Don’t get me wrong, I knew “of” God and I did believe in Him. However, I did NOT have a real relationship with Him. It was all superficial. I thought about Him at Christmas and Easter. I prayed to Him when I was in trouble, or when someone I loved was in trouble.
I look back on my life and I realize that even though I didn’t recognize Him, that He has been with me the whole time. He has been taking care of me, protecting me, guiding me, and loving me my whole life! This thought brings tears to my eyes. He has loved me this whole time and I am just now beginning to comprehend what this means.
Like most people, I am very self-centered. I believe that this is just our nature. It has always been about me, me, me. What do I get out of it? What’s in it for me? What do I want? Me, me, me. The real questions I should be asking are: How can I be more like God? What can I do to share His love and light? What can I do to help others? What can I do to win people over to God? What is His will for my life? I need to stop thinking in terms of me and what I want and start thinking in terms of God and what His will for my life is.
How about you? Do you put God’s will before your own? Or, are you more concerned about what you want than what God wants for you?
If you only think about you, you, you, I urge you to stop being so self-centered. God’s will for our lives is so much grander than anything we can plan on our own.
Are you wondering what God’s will for your life is? Read your Bible. The Bible is the living, breathing word of God. A good Bible verse to get you started is Romans 12:2 which says, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will.”
If you are like me, then you want to know God’s will right away, but God doesn’t work that way. Knowing His will requires patience. Reading the Bible and understanding it and learning from it, requires patience. If you are truly seeking His will, He will reveal it to you one step at a time.
The key is to walk with God each and every day and form a close relationship with Him. Doing this will soon place a desire in your heart to be more like Him and you will want to know His will for your life. And, once you get to know Him, it will help you to know what His will is.
Make God a priority in your life. Read and study your Bible. Spend time each day in prayer. Get to know God. Then, make it a point to understand His will for your life. Because, as Psalm 37:4 tells us, “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” And, who doesn’t want that??
If you want to get a better feel for God’s will for your life, please read the three-part post from John Thomas from Focus on the Family. Mr Thomas starts with “Finding God’s Will for My Life”.
I am so glad you are here! I am Erica Strickland, a girl who loves God. My goal here is to simply share His love and light.