Forget about God’s will for your life

More quotes from Francis Chan’s The Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit, David C. Cook, 2009.

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“I think a lot of us need to forget about God’s will for my life. God cares more about our response to his Spirit’s leading today, in this moment, than about what we intend to do next year. In fact, the decisions we make next year will be profoundly affected by the degree to which we submit to the Spirit right now, in today’s decisions. It is easy to use the phrase ‘God’s will for my life’ as an excuse for inaction or even disobedience. It’s much less demanding to think about God’s will for your future than it is to ask Him what He wants you to do in the next ten minutes. It’s safer to commit to following him someday instead of this day. To be honest I believe part of the desire to ‘know God’s will for my life’ is birthed in fear and results in paralysis.” (120)

God wants to listen to his Spirit on a daily basis, and even throughout the day, as difficult and as stretching moments arise, and in the midst of the mundane. My hope is that instead of searching for ‘God’s will for my life,’ each of us would learn to seek hard after ‘the Spirit’s leading in my life today.’” (120)

“The Spirit who raised Christ from the dead is not someone we can just call on when we want a little extra power in our lives. Jesus Christ did not die in order to follow us. He died and rose again so that we could forget everything else and follow him to the cross, to true Life.” (122)
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4 thoughts on “Forget about God’s will for your life

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  2. I absolutely agree with you on this. It is very easy to sound spiritual if we let it seem as though our every step is decided by God in advance according to some great plan. Never mind the enormous freedom he has given us within the constraints of his actual and revealed will for our lives (i.e. that ‘we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ’). Within those constraints (which are actually the very definition of freedom) we can do anything so long as it isn’t in contradiction. So, where we live, who we marry (even if we marry), what job to go for, etc, are all secondary considerations to the fundamental fact that God’s will for our life is that we mature to the fullness of Christ within the community of the church. Obviously this doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t pray about these decisions, or that we shouldn’t seek guidance; just that so long as they don’t go against the above we should be fine.

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