The Bus Stop is a series of true stories about my life, people I've worked with and events I've experienced. Of course the names have been changed. I hope these stories will brighten your day with a few laughs as well as give you encouragement. Hopefully you can avoid making some of the mistakes I've made and if you have already made them, then you can identify with me.

Monday, May 2, 2011

What is God's Will for You?

Most of my life I have spent looking for God’s will for my life. It was a will that didn’t exist because God didn’t have a specific will for my life and He never has. That’s why I couldn’t find it. The truth is God only has one will and that’s His. It’s my responsibility to seek His will and get involved with what He is doing and not try to get Him involved with what I am doing.

Then my thought was, “Why did He give me these certain abilities, talents and gifts if He didn’t want me to use them?” He did, but not for my purpose, but for His. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28

I have had a very prideful attitude lately thinking since I’ve learned so much over the years and have been in high positions I was too good to do menial tasks. Was I ever wrong! I was unable to see myself doing these tasks and recently God opened my eyes to see myself and it was somewhat repulsive. It’s like walking into a new job and immediately expecting others to be awed at my presence. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. Matt. 20:26-28

For some time I’ve been feeling like I just don’t fit anywhere. So I just decided to sit and wait on God to send me a great revelation or phone call. That didn’t work either. You can’t sit still and do nothing and be in God’s will. I had to get involved with life again and while I am going see what and who God brings into my life. Then when He does then I need to be obedient and do what He tells me. This is where He will use the talents, gifts and abilities He has given me.

The way I saw it was God’s will is like a river that’s constantly flowing. I can either wonder around on the banks trying to do my own thing or I can get involved with what God is doing and get into the boat. His grace carries me down the river bringing new opportunities. When I’m obedient and can be trusted with the little things He will bring greater things into my life. “His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” Matthew 25:23

There is God’s obvious will and that’s simply learn to apply what He has already told us in black and white. God’s Word is His will written out for us. The 10 Commandments is a good place to start. If we’re not even familiar with those then we’re not ready for greater things. It’s like walking into a hospital wanting to be a heart surgeon and we’ve never even been to school yet. I’m sure we would be escorted out swiftly by security.

I know that getting involved with what Jesus is doing is so much easier than trying to do my own thing, but I know it has to start with humility.

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