"I wonder what God's will is for me this year." As you stand at the brink of 2010 with a new year ahead, has that question crossed your mind? I've certainly been giving it some thought lately. What does the year hold? What ministries does God want me to participate in? What should I focus on? These and question like them make me stop and wonder how I can know what it is that God really wants from and for me.
The question of God's will for our lives is one that all Christians struggle with at one time or another. We try to act in faith, we pray, we make the best judgments and decisions we can, but at times we still wonder--is this truly what God wants me to do?
Luckily for us, God has spelled out plainly what he wants from us. He tells us the things that please him in verses like Micah 6:8 "He has shown you...what the Lord requires of you. To act justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God." and I Peter 1: 13,16 "Prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled...be holy, because I am holy."
But more than that, God has told us how we can know his will for our lives. Romans 12:2 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." He has spelled it right out for us. If we want to know his will for us, we need to live differently than the world does. We need to renew our minds. We need to be transformed. That sounds like a tall order, but God doesn't ask up to do what he hasn't equipped us to do.
As you begin 2010, be mindful of ways you can consciously not conform to the world. Take a close look at how the world does things and make an effort to do them differently. Resist. Go against the norm. Don't be conformed. Instead, be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Change your thinking, fill your mind with Scripture, learn something new about God, meditate on him and his holy attributes. Renew your mind--if you do, you will know his good, pleasing, and perfect will for you.
Happy New Year!