“Finding the Lord’s Will”
My mind has a tendency to be very black and white. I have always liked math for that reason; there is a problem and a clear cut solution (stay with me, we won’t be talking about math in this article). As I have served as a minister at North Shelby I am learning more and more that it is unwise to have the expectation that there will be a clear correct solution to all problems. At times, I have come with the attitude that I will always just choose what is right, but oftentimes I find myself making decisions where there is no right and wrong. Have you ever tried to figure out where you can best serve in the church or whether you should take a certain job in a certain location? We can pore over the Scriptures looking for the “right” answer only to find there isn’t one. So how do we make sure in these moments we are making decisions that honor the Lord?
The Lord gave us many commands and rules to follow, but He never intended that life would be all about just making the right decisions. Instead, He desires us to have a loving relationship with Him. It’s not about following a set of rules; it is about trusting in God and allowing Him to lead us. I’m not learning right and wrongs; I am being transformed to have the heart of Christ in all situations. And this is when we learn to do the will of the Father. How did Jesus know when to flee and when to stay? How did He know who to heal and who to walk past? He knew because He was one with the Father. The way we become one with God is to seek Him with our whole heart and completely depend on Him in faith. In order to do this we must know His heart, spend time in fellowship with Him, and listen to His leading.
In this New Year I challenge you to make a commitment to consistently spend time with the Lord. Read the Word. Pray. Serve. But don’t do this as just mere obligation or to get done with a spiritual task, but rather crave an intimate relationship with the Lord. What better way can we do this than to know His heart by reading the revelation given to us in the Bible? What better way than to carve out time to pour out your heart in prayerful thanksgiving and intercession and wait for God to speak? What better way than to diligently obey scripture and seek out the Spirit’s leading? This year we would like to see our entire church join together and commit to seeking after the Lord and we believe by doing so God will be glorified as He leads us through His Spirit to live out His will. One way we can come together and do this is to commit to reading God’s Word together with the F260 Bible reading plan provided by the church. Will you join us this year?
It’s a joy to serve with you all,