4 Steps to Finding God’s Will for Your Life
1 Understand Your Calling as a Christian
The reality is, God has revealed most of His will to us in His Word already.
All Christians are “called to be saints” (Romans 1:7). In fact, the word “church” in the original Greek refers to those “called out”—in a spiritual sense, called out of the world to God. So every Christian has a divine purpose: “to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called” (Ephesians 4:1). We have a purpose as servants of Christ to carry out the instructions He left with His apostles—to proclaim the Gospel and make disciples in all the nations of the world (Matthew 28:19-20).
- Identify Your Spiritual Gift(s)
Discovering God’s will and calling at a personal level can be a little more challenging.
A good place to start is by identifying your spiritual gift(s). God has created each of us with special talents and abilities, but He’s also given us unique gifts powered by the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:11). Our spiritual gifts are a serious indicator of what God expects us to do for Him (Romans 12:4-8).
The best way to identify your spiritual gift is to start serving in various capacities. What brings you joy? Where are you bearing fruit? Seek out ways to minister within your church and community.
- Live Actively, Not Passively
Don’t wait for God to show you His personal will. Assume that you are in His will today and that He will guide you and reveal more as you walk with Him. That means it’s time to take action.
- Nurture Your Calling
When we actively and obediently serve the Lord, He will reveal His will for us. As He does, we are held accountable and responsible for nurturing that will—being faithful to what God has called us to do.
Think of it as the difference between being a child and a steward. A child is a seeker while a steward is a server. A child wants to know “What?” while a steward asks “Where and When?” A child is curious—”What is your will for me?”—while a steward is committed: “I’m here to do Your will, O Lord.”