Every pastor has one message that flows through every sermon. It does not matter what passage they are preaching, at some point, they will get around to their core message. In every sermon. For me, it is that God has bigger dreams for us than we can imagine. We settle. Whether that is not becoming a Christian, limiting God, having small faith, the list goes on and on.
This by far is one of my frustrations in life, or it just might be one of those things that makes me sad. It is the fact that so few Christians seem to experience everything that God wants them to experience. They sell following Jesus short. They walk through life (claiming to follow the God of the Bible) purposeless, missionless, adventureless, faithless and then wonder why God isn’t moving in their lives.
I think most people really want to experience all that God wants them to experience, but they get paralyzed.
At Revolution, because of how many young Christians we have and so many 20-something’s, I get questions concerning figuring out God’s will. What often paralyzes us is that we want everything to be crystal clear before we move forward. We want to know the job, the college, the spouse, the ____________ (fill in the blank). We want to know everything before we move forward. But, faith is to be an adventure. Which means, we will have to move forward without all the details.
The other thing that paralyzes us is fear. Fear of the unknown, fear of getting it wrong (which I’m not sure should be a fear, more later), fear of missing something (because we are waiting for it to be crystal clear), or fear of not feeling up to what we feel God wants us to do.
Here is what I don’t understand. I believe that scripture teaches that God wants what is best for his followers (Romans 8). If that is true, why should we have fear? I love what Donald Miller says, “The most often repeated commandment in the Bible is “Do not fear.” It’s in there over 200 times. Which means a couple of things, if you think about it. It means we are going to be afraid, and it means we aren’t supposed to let it boss us around.”
A couple of things:
- I think God wants us to know what his will is, but he wants us to know it on his terms. Which means, it might be harder than we want. Too many of us want God’s will, but we want it to not hurt. It was God’s will for Jesus to die on the cross, so we have to know that it might hurt, but it will be the best thing we could do.
- It is not as mysterious as we think. God’s will is not as smoky and foggy as we make it out to be.
- Don’t sweat the details. We get so concerned with the smallest details, where do I go to school, which company do I work for. I always ask, “Is it a sin? Does it go against scripture?” As long as the answer is no, there is a good chance it might be God’s will.
- Try it. I often stumbled into God’s will. God would say I walked on the right path, it just seemed like I stumbled into it.
- Be more concerned with the journey and not the destination. In our lives, I think God is more concerned with the journey than the destination. We are more concerned with the destination. To be on the same page with God, we must be concerned with what he is concerned with.
- Life and faith are to be an adventure. We are not to go into heaven with clean clothes at a slow pace. We are to run, jump, dance, with holes in our knees. Live like that is how you will end.
Just my 2 cents.