Kingdom leaders want to further God’s purposes in their lives and through their leadership. They seek to align their decisions in accordance with God’s will. But given the many choices, how does one discern the Lord’s will in specific decisions? Here are some foundational thoughts regarding this important topic.
If a Kingdom leader is to know the will of God, they must first commit themselves to doing it. Often, we desire to know God’s plans for us and then we decide if we want to obey them. But God’s ways are not our ways.
Jesus says in John 7:17 (ESV): If anyone’s will is to do God’s will, he will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority.
And again in Romans 12:1-2 (ESV) we read: I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Note that the precursor for testing the good and acceptable and perfect will of God is to first present yourself a living sacrifice to the Lord and become transformed in the renewal of your mind.
In Ephesians 2:8-10 (ESV) we see: For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. The Lord is working on/in/through us to do His good works which He planned long ago. It’s our job to align ourselves with Him and His plan for us and then we will experience His perfectly designed plan for which we were created.
Because God is God, He will have no trouble in communicating to us what He wants us to do. Our problem is doing God’s will, not knowing God’s will! We must be willing to do whatever He desires for us, before He will let us know His plan for us. This can be frightening, but if we really know God and His love, we will also trust Him as we follow His guidance by faith.
May our attitude be that of Mary who, after learning about God’s plan for her to be the mother of Jesus says, …”Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” Luke 1:38 (ESV)