BY REV. DR. BRANDON MORROW - GOOD NEWS COMMUNITY CHURCH
After what feels like a lifetime of ministry it stands as the question I most often get asked: "What is God's will for my life?"
This is most often tied to some underlying desire to do something of "value" or "meaning" in the local church or in the world, often implying that we don't think the things we do, or are involved in, have value.
Let me get you in on a little secret: We don't know. Sure we can listen, beg God for discernment, pay attention to His obvious sovereign interjections, or list a myriad of different options as to what God's will for your life could be. Still, we don't actually know. Even though I say I don't know, I do have a theory.
Hear me out on this, but I think that whatever you're doing, wherever you're at, whoever you're with, is exactly the time, place, and people that God has placed to be in, at, and with. I'm reminded of some different things that the scriptures say that lead me to believe this: We're royalty (1 Peter 2:9), we don't have to have any necessary qualifications to do the things that God wants us to do (Acts 4:13), God is actually in charge so we can breathe easy (Psalm 24:1), and God is the one to determine the outcome (Proverbs 16:33).
Usually I get objections like, "I don't have any education,"or, "I don't know what to do," or, "Don't I need an official title?"
We easily forget that as followers of Jesus we get called God's royal family, receiving a divine inheritance as His sons and daughters; that the disciples were an uneducated, rag-tag, group of hooligans but yet impacted the world; that God is sovereignly in control of all things and determines good for His people; and that the outcome of leveraging our lives for the sake of Jesus and His Kingdom is really up to the Lord.
That kind of information frees us from whatever worries we have about God's will for our lives and allows us to live deeply into the present moment, allowing the Holy Spirit to use us in any way it wants to, and takes our present circumstance and uses it as a force of good. At our church we call this being "cleverly disguised missionaries," realizing that our identities are already sealed in Christ and so that we can be in the world but yet on a divine mission without being weird or uncomfortable about it. We don't need fancy titles or years of theological training, we just need to be God's people in the everyday stuff of life. We encourage our people to see themselves as incognito life changers, reminding them their day jobs, everyday duties, and all of the above are actually the things they're moonlighting as, and that their real purpose is to be appointed and anointed in whatever place they're in.
Remember this: you're in the exact place God wants you to be. What you're doing, who you're with, and where you are has immense value that God wants to use.