Romans 8:28, 29 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.”
As an impressionable teenager and regular church attendee, I became very familiar with the old hymns. A few of them like "Wherever He Leads I'll Go" and "I Surrender All" would cause me anxiety as I listened to the words and what they meant. I used to think about where God might send me and what He would want me to do. "Wherever" seemed way too open ended and the whole idea of "Surrendering All" seemed too extreme. The more I thought about it, the more scared I became. I was simply afraid of finding God's will for my life. I figured He must have something terrible for me to do. I used to think He might send me to the jungle in some remote part of the world. I couldn't imagine living off the land or sleeping in a hut. My survivor skills were pretty low at the time - and besides I wasn't even a boy scout! Maybe you have had similar feelings.
Looking back now, I find it quite amusing, but the reality is that many people, ministry leaders included, really are afraid to find out God’s will for their lives, even if they may not realize it. They avoid any significant investigation for fear of discovering that they might be going the wrong way.
Ephesians 5:17 “Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.”
People think: What if God wants me to do something I don’t really want to do? What if God wants me to do something I’m not even good at? What if doing God’s will means I have to give up absolutely everything? Many people haven’t discovered God’s will because they are afraid of what it might be.
Ephesians 2:10 “For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
Q4U: God is calling. Are you making excuses and avoiding His calls?