READ: Matthew 6:9-13
- Just because we are interested in God’s will for our personal life, doesn’t mean we aren’t interested in the Kingdom. In fact, the two may be very closely associated. Our desire to know God’s will for us personally could simply be because we want to know how we fit into the larger kingdom will. However, it could also have us so sidetracked that we fail to even see the bigger picture.
- Some, unfortunately, get so caught in the trap of trying to figure out God’s specific will for their life (a mate, career, where to live, etc.) that they fail to engage in God’s revealed will. They may say, “No sense putting roots down or building relationships, we don’t know if this is where God will have us live.” That, tragically, is not God’s will, whatever else His will may be.
- Guidance is a tricky topic. God may or may not choose to reveal a specific future. Sometimes He simply says, “Serve me.” When we do that wherever we are, we are doing His will. He may say, “Serve Me in ______.” When He does, we should go there. But, if we are not serving Him here, in the meantime, it’s unlikely He will entrust us with some form of service elsewhere.
- Describe a time when it was clear that God was directing you to a specific decision. How did you know?
- Why do you think we believe God can use us somewhere else if we are unwilling to be used where we are?
- What do you need to be doing now, as opposed to waiting for God to reveal something else to you?
PRAY: Commit to being content where you are so God can use you even more. Pray that the church is effective in building confidence in people to serve. Ask God to guide you as He sees fit.