I do not need to read a book to find purpose. I do not need to sit and talk about it. I know my purpose and I know God’s will. Today in our consumer driven world we like to sell books, make CD’s, create podcasts, hold conferences, and spend a lot of time figuring things out which leaves little time for us to actually do what God created us to do. We try so hard to figure out God’s will when it is right before us.

 
Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
 Ephesians 5.15-20
 
we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.
 Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thess 5.14-18

I saw an advertisement for a toy company that made me think about having faith as a child in a new way. “A child’s natural instinct is to get involved, give anything a go, think creatively and ask questions.” What would happen if we lived our lives that way? Do kids choose to do things based on gifts and abilities tests or do they learn by trial and error? The church would be completely different if instead of taking tests and waiting to discern God’s will we stepped up and got involved, gave anything a go, thought creatively and asked questions.

According to Peter we are to be a holy priesthood. Being a part of the church and in God’s will has nothing to do with what I want. We are to proclaim Christ and offer our praise to him because without Christ nothing else matters. The will of God is not some program or the perfect fit in some ministry but to “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

Israel was stuck in a cycle of disobedience, judgment, crying out to God, being delivered, and falling back into disobedience. Christ broke that cycle so that we could lean on his sacrifice and be apart of God’s story. The story above all stories, even above your own, is the story of His glory! What is your destiny in God’s story? Will you strive towards God’s will in your life?

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