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September 12, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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“And I will set a sign among them. And from them I will send survivors to the nations, to Tarshish, Pul, and Lud, who draw the bow, to Tubal and Javan, to the coastlands far away, that have not heard my fame or seen my glory. And they shall declare my glory among the nations.”—Isaiah 66:19 (ESV)
Have you ever wondered what God’s will for your life is? I think at one point or another, anyone who calls himself or herself a Christian has asked that question. I remember asking myself this question when I was halfway through college. I was trying to decide what my major would be and what career I wanted to pursue. There were so many things I was interested in and I just wanted to know specifically from God what He wanted. A vision, a dream, writing on the wall . . . just something to tell me what it was!
It was in that searching and praying that I learned something very important: Sometimes God doesn’t give you the specific direction you want. There are times when He does, but many times He allows us to use the minds, hearts, and bodies He has given us—with a foundation in the Word—to make choices within the general purposes for our life He has already given us. For example, in the verse above, Isaiah is reminding Israel that God had chosen them to live in such a way that they “declare His glory among the nations.” That was their purpose. They were supposed to be filtering their daily decisions through this calling.
In the same way, in 2 Corinthians 5:20, Paul tells the church that they are Christ’s ambassadors and that God is making His appeal to the world through them. What an honor! And our purpose is the same. Jesus has clearly told us to go and make disciples, and He has gifted and equipped each one of us in different ways to accomplish that purpose. It is our responsibility to take what He has given us and use it to point people to Him.
Sometimes this is in what we say and sometimes it is by what we do. Regardless of the form this takes, we can filter our questions through this question: “What is going to bring God the most glory and best point others to a loving relationship with Him?” Once we have filtered out motives through this question, we can trust that it is going to be within God’s will for us.
DIG: What is a question or decision you are asking God about right now?
DISCOVER: What are some possible solutions that would bring God the most honor and point others to Him?
DISPLAY: Pray about and choose someone to point to Jesus this week. Be intentional about acting as Christ’s ambassador in your interactions with this person.