I spent many years asking the common question, “What is Gods will for my life?”
I asked God this question and then looked for the answer in the form of a vocation. I searched for a sense of meaning and satisfaction in accomplishments in the field of athletics, personal training, the police force, and even in ministry but I didn’t find exactly what I was looking for.
The truth is, you will never find the answer in your career or even your call to ministry. Our culture defines purpose and meaning in the form of goals accomplished and objectives realized, according to what is popular and culturally acceptable, however, God has a different perspective to the world around us.
What does God think about His will, as it relates to our lives?
In Matthew 22, Jesus was asked the question, “Which is the most important commandment?” Jesus answered this poignant question with the words, “Love God with all your heart, soul, strength and mind and love your neighbour as you love yourself.”
Jesus then followed this statement with “On these 2 commandments depend all the law and the prophets…” In other words, everything hinges on our love for God and our love for people. The will of God for your life is first relational!
God at his core is a relational being (Genesis 1:26-27) and we have been made after his likeness. Everything God does and allows intends to draw us closer to him and others. Frustration in life arises when we make life about something other than what God ultimately intends for us. This frustration can arise out of ignorance of this deep truth, or the saturation of the culture around us and even our own selfish ambitions.
The world works on a functional paradigm which is focused on task orientation and purpose driven towards job completion. I’ve operated most of my adult years out of this paradigm but God’s kingdom operates out of a relational paradigm whereby through our relationship with God, we are introduced to his anointing, service, gifts and function. In the world we primarily function together for the purpose of job completion and leave relationships to whatever time we have left. From God’s perspective, relationship with him and people is the main business we should be pre-occupied with on planet earth.
I’m learning to live from a relational paradigm and it’s making a difference to how I live and the sense of meaning and purpose I experience. I’ve been created for vertical and horizontal relationship and you have too. Unfortunately, many of us experience poverty in our relationships and it totally undermines everything else in our lives. Refocus on relationship and watch what happens in your world.