If you are a follower of Jesus, in all likelihood at some point you have asked, "What is God's will for my life?", or, "What is God's will for this season of my life?"
Maybe you are asking those questions right now.
Or perhaps you believe that you have a calling from God for the next chapter of your life, but you are in a season of waiting for it to happen.
Three years ago, I was waiting.
I believed that God had called me to Greece, and I was frustrated, because after a year and a half of working towards that goal, it felt further away than ever. I was discouraged and more than once had been on the verge of giving up. I was upset with myself and with God. And because I was so fixated on getting to where I believed God wanted me in the future, I frequently missed what he wanted for me in the present.
What is God's greatest desire for you and me? Is it that we would each be doing His work in specific places at specific times? Well certainly, He cares about us being a part of His mission on this earth. But when we go to God's Word, we discover that more than anything, His will is for us to know Him.
The apostle Paul was a man who, before coming to know Christ, would have appeared to be someone who followed the law of God perfectly, according to the Judaic standard. In Philippians 3:4-6, he said,
Paul, before knowing Jesus, looked like the model Jew. But then he met Christ, and everything changed. He continued,
Paul came to realize that nothing compared to knowing Christ. He believed this so strongly, that nothing - not beatings, imprisonments, ostracism, or persecution - could deter him. Matt Chandler says, "Paul saw it this way: 'Since Jesus is my treasure, anything that gets me closer to my treasure gets rejoiced in.'"
No matter where we are or what season we're in, God's will is that we would know Him more. This is what He created us for. The more we know Him, the more we will delight in Him, worship Him, and proclaim Him.
Unlike Paul, I've frequently become so caught up in getting to the next thing and out of the current thing that I completely ignore God's desire for me in the here and now. Everything that happens to me, whether it be suffering, delays, frustrations or disappointments, can be a tool that God uses to draw me into deeper relationship with him.
As you think about your life, take a moment to consider what you are hoping for, valuing, and seeking. Is Jesus your treasure? Or have you been so focused on trying to attain some other goal or pursuit that you've neglected the most important thing?
God promises: "You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all of your heart (Jeremiah 29:13)."
Nothing compares to knowing
Christ. Let's pursue him.