Special Forces Christians Series– God’s Will for You
Hello Readers! Today I have the sixth in my Special Forces Christian Series: “God’s Will for You.” (You can read Part 5, “Ever Been to Boot Camp?” here.)
I talk a lot about serving God in extreme ways. There are definitely individuals who are equipped and led to serve God in dangerous environments. Those are the adventures I write about in my novels like The COIL Series, Sea Scribe, and Arabian Variable. But what about the rest of us?
I. God’s Will for your Life is…
It’s a great obstacle in serving God if you don’t know what God’s will is for your life. But I have good news! It’s easily remedied!
The Bible talks about both a general will and a specific will for every believer in Christ. His general will for all of us is briefed in Romans 12:1-2, among other places.
God’s specific will for you as an individual seems more complicated, but it isn’t. God’s not trying to lead you on a treasure hunt, only to discover His will for you at the end of your life. No, He wants you to know now so you can serve Him now.
II. Get the Right Gear
We must get on board with God’s general will first. This is partially referred to as “equipping the saints” in Ephesians 4:2. We are equipped for ministry by mentors and the Word of God.
The right mentor will teach us how to interpret God’s Word with accuracy and apply it prayerfully through the Holy Spirit. The mentor will also help us learn how God might use us in the future.
For instance, I’ve worked with a young man for a year. I’m confident God has raised him up to comprehend the Word accurately and teach it with some competence. And in the past couple months, he’s been witnessing to others more boldly. As he has exercised his faith, he has begun to glimpse the gifts with which God has equipped him. (See Romans 12:6ff.)
III. Your Gift = God’s Will
Remember, God’s will for you is not some secret treasure hunt. As you step out in faith, certain “skills” will emerge.
What do you enjoy doing? What are you good at? This is a gift from God in your life. Discovering how to use those gifts for God’s general will is God’s specific will for your life.
Can it really be that easy? Yes. Now seek God’s direction—the doors will open—to activate your “equipment.”
Another example: I enjoy writing. There were years that I used this gift only for myself, but once a Christian, I knew God’s will in my life was to use His gifts–the things I enjoy–for Him.
IV. Discover and Deploy!
I don’t believe the Bible differentiates much between gifts and skills, or even fruits, since they are employed together. (See Romans 12:6-8)
I do know that the gifts God gives us are not location-specific. That is, the Holy Spirit in us transcends our physical environments. Trust God to lead you to use those gifts you have wherever you are.
Discovering God’s will in our lives comes with responsibility. We’re out of excuses now! 🙂 When discovering that God’s will in our life is no longer an obstacle to action, we have only to act.
A way you can serve God as a “Special Forces Christian,” and learn about your gifts, is by volunteering with great ministries, such as Samaritan’s Purse, Voice of the Martyrs, and Vision Beyond Borders.
See you in the field!
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