As Christians it is important for us to live our lives in accordance to God’s will. The problem for most of us is knowing what God’s will is. In this article I give you 4 questions to consider before making an important decision.
1. Is Jesus really my Lord?
We can believe in Jesus and be saved by faith, and still not have Him as our Lord.
To have Jesus as Lord is to let him lord over us and our lives. To have Jesus as Lord means to live in a complete submission to Him. It means to commit our lives to Him and offer ourselves as a living sacrifice.
It means to be humble enough to view ourselves as servants of Christ and committed enough to decide to do God’s will for the rest of our lives.
Am I living in a complete submission to God? Do I want to do God’s will no matter what it is?
2. Does it align with what the Bible says?
The Bible should be the primary authority in our lives. So every important decision has to be in alignment with the Bible.
“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success” (ESV, Joshua 1.8).
The Bible will not specifically tell us whether we should marry this or that person. But the Bible will tell us what kind of person God wants us to marry. The Holy Spirit can take a general statement from the Bible and apply it to a particular circumstance in our life. In that way God can speak to us through the Bible. Read more on God speaking through the Bible here: 4 Easy Steps to Effective Bible Study
Does what I want to do align with what the Scripture says?
3. Is my mind transformed by God?
The Bible says: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will” (NIV, Romans 12.2).
We should not live by the world but by the Word. And if we let the Bible to transform our thinking then our lives will never be the same again. We will get wisdom and understanding and we will want to do what the Bible says – we will want to please God with our lives and serve Him out of love.
When God transforms our minds He transforms our priorities to become more in alignment with His priorities. We start to value relationships more than achievements, we become less judgmental of other people, and we learn to show grace to others the same way Jesus showed grace to us.
So when God transforms our mind our priorities, thoughts, and desires become more and more in alignment with His will for our lives. So the more we let God transform our thinking the more we can rely on our own desires and thoughts to be in accordance with God’s will.
Is my mind transformed by God? Did my priorities and desires change?
4. Am I delighting myself in the Lord?
God’s Word says: “Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart” (NIV, Psalm 37.4).
If we truly delight ourselves in the Lord then He will give us the desires that He wants us to have and those desires will be in alignment with His will.
So what does it mean to delight in the Lord? To delight in the Lord means to love God more than anybody and anything in life.
“Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever” (NIV, 1 John 2.15-17).
To delight in the Lord means to love God with whole your heart and to really put Him first in life. And if you do that, then God will change your desires to become in alignment with His desires. So that when you desire to do something it will be God prompting you to do it in accordance to His will.
So if you are really delighting yourself in the Lord, then you can do what you want to do. God will guide you towards doing things that He wants you to do by giving you the desire to do those things.
Do I really love God more than anybody or anything in my life?
What important decision do you have to make right now? Share in the comment section below so that I can pray for you.