I mentioned in my last post how exhausted I was in my adolescence worrying about missing out on God’s will. (To think that I in my teens and early twenties was freaking out about missing out on God’s will for my life!) Yet a turning point fortunately arrived for me in college.
That freeing moment arrived, when an epiphany set my worrying heart free. I realized that God’s will was not so much a center of a bull’s eye that I needed to strike on a daily basis (how exhausting and frightening a thought), but instead it was more like a direction. A direction that is best captured in Augustine: “Love God and do as you please.”
The good news is that whether you are 21 or 81, it is still possible to find God’s will for your life. It comes by hearing his call, his call that whispers in the darkness of the night. His call that shows up on a seashore, when we realize how small we are against the backdrop of the vast Pacific Ocean. It is his call that sings forth every night in the symphony of a night sky when we are confronted with the vastness of the universe.
Here’s the secret/not so secret about God’s will:
His call is for all to come and follow him, and his perfect will is that you trust in Jesus, even if it doesn’t quite make complete sense yet.
Os Guiness in his “seriously stop what you’re doing and go get this work if you haven’t read it yet!” book The Call writes that God’s call on our lives has the potential of capturing us. And if we grasp the grand narrative of God’s story found in Scripture, this call will grab us no matter the cost.
It’s like the story of Martin Luther in the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. He was so captivated by God’s Word and its implications on his life that he abandoned everything to follow this call. At great personal risk and cost he stood before a tribunal alone and declared,
“Unless I am convinced by Scripture and plain reason – I do not accept the authority of the popes and councils, for they have contradicted each other – my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and I will not recant anything for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. God help me. Amen.”
In a world ruled by popes and princes, this simple monk was so captivated by his call that he stood under pressure.
Others have followed this call at great cost. I mentioned last year, Dietrich Bonheoffer stood firmly for Christ in a German nation that was consumed with Nazism. William Wilberforce stood for the implications of following Jesus by standing against slavery (part 1 and part 2). Jackie Robinson combated racism with excellence and grace, and Pope John Paul II stood against the evils of communism and unfettered capitalism at great cost. The call of God will capture who we are.
Dear reader, know that the basis for the call of God is to hear that you are chosen. And if you answer his call you can rest assured in his promises.
You are gifted.
You are special.
You are loved.
I pray you would answer his call, even if the cost is great for the reward is to become who you were meant to be.
Have you ever thought on his call?