Thursday, December 22, 2005

In Definition of: the Will of God

the Will of God not nearly so hard as you might think. 1. What did Jesus say? He said to love God and to love people…those are the boundaries. This is the fence that surrounds everything that you do with your life; if what you do with your life falls within these boundaries you are within God’s will; 2. So then let’s ask another question: what makes you come alive? What makes you passionate? What do you love? The world doesn’t need people who are doing something because the world needs it, rather, the world needs people who have come alive in what they do. Soooo…if you have come alive in what you do and it falls into the boundaries of love God and love people…you are passionately living in the will of God; 3. Sitting around waiting for some sky-fairy’s will to fall into your lap just isn’t going to happen…so get up off your fat bum-bum and do something with your life > and love it!

18 comments:

Dan Richardson said...

Dude you are so on the mark with that one...I've been harping on this for the last little while with some of my young adult guys...sitting around waiting to see what God wants them to do...it just doesn't make sense! Even if you have to wait for something to do, love God and others while your waiting and you'll be in the will of God. I totally agree with the coming alive part of it. That's key cause just going to work and saying you love God and others isn't good enough. Saying you go to church isn't good enough. Saying you believe in God isn't good enough. They need to be able to look into your eyes and see a wildfire...something that consumes them. Like you said, something that is alive.

Anonymous said...

I think the parable of the servants indicates a little more than that though... because in it, it says when the master left, he assigned certain tasks to his servants and they did all that stuff. That could be in reference to the roles of the 12 Tribes and all that jazz, but really, a parable has one meaning, but many applications, right? Or am I applying this wrongly?

Dan Richardson said...

Sure...the master left and assigned different tasks...but if you aren't loving God and others in the middle of doing those tasks, it's a waste of time because those tasks aren't your purpose and mission in life. I look at my life as a pastor. It's easy for me to get caught thinking that being a pastor is my purpose. But what I'm doing is putting eggs in the wrong basket. Cause what would happen if I was to get hurt or something was to happen so that I couldn't be a pastor anymore? My purpose is down the drain. It has to be based on a foundation that can't be taken away. Loving God and people doesn't rely on any outside source other than your own desire to live that mission.

Anonymous said...

the fact is that our mission , our purpose is not to be a part of our life, it is to be our life. it is easy to be a sunday christian, a wanna be apostle, a sometime evangelist, but to give it all up, to lay it on the line, and say okay, no matter what where or when, i am willing to go and serve!!! thats rare......thats where the fire comes from, not just going, but getting rid of all the garbage that ties you down so you can get there! dan, you are a pastor, but that should be just a small part of who you are in God,if Christ leads you a diiferent direction tahn you are going now does it make you less of a Christian? Of course not......Paul got it, he took that huge step and said all i was is in the past, all i am is in Christ (paraphrase i know) i was asked by a friend what born again is, as i sat and pondered all the great theological responses, the one thing that came from my heart was, it is when you have gven al to Christ, turned fully to Him, and turned fully away from the past, and that is a tough thing to do....cuz we are secure in the past! this journey is going to be exciting, at least it should be, and no matter where, or how, or why, if we know it is from Christ, its time to go.......

Dan Richardson said...

I'm there.

Anonymous said...

what a cool concept, "all to thee i surrender" i wonder if as we sing those words do we really mean them? are we willing to surrender all..........i have given all i am to Christ, all I was I have turned away from, and I will tell ya right now, it is far from easy, the rewards here are few, the company is sparse, and the road is not paved in gold...........
i gave up all, gave it all to Him, and know that now my walk is a walk in faith, in trust, and one where I can question God, and where He listens and answers. i have met some incredible peopel along the way, some that are so far ahead of me, yet stopped, turned around, picked me up, brushed me off, and gave me a much needed hug and atta boy.....all to thee i surrender, all to thee i freely give...........small words, big meaning
see ya on the road

Anonymous said...

so jeremy,

what are you? teacher, prophet, apostle, shepard..........philosopher?
what is your call, where is God telling you to be?
you are obviously intelligent, well read, well spoken........so who is jeremy, what is his call, and where are you going?

Anonymous said...

Well, he's definately not an apostle, haha.
-Steve

Anonymous said...

why isn't he an apostle?

Anonymous said...

Because he didn't see Jesus and he didn't hang out with Jesus... he just doesn't fall under the qualifications of apostle. Disciple, yes. Jer, can you explain? You'd do it a lot better.
-Steve

Anonymous said...

steve-
you should maybe do some research into the word "apostle" and get back to us again.
"seeing Jesus and hanging out with Jesus", if you mean that there have been no aposteles since Christ walked the earth, ummmm, what was the "Apostle Paul"
ignorance may be bliss, but sometimes it is just ignorance

Anonymous said...

Here help you out steve

one sent on a mission: as a : one of an authoritative New Testament group sent out to preach the gospel and made up especially of Christ's 12 original disciples and Paul b : the first prominent Christian missionary to a region or group
2 a : a person who initiates a great moral reform or who first advocates an important belief or system b : an ardent supporter

Anonymous said...

"So then let’s ask another question: what makes you come alive? What makes you passionate? What do you love? The world doesn’t need people who are doing something because the world needs it, rather, the world needs people who have come alive in what they do."
or how about this for a question- what burdens you so much that you feel pain when you see or hear it, what causes you such stirring in your soul, is it a lost generation, a fatherless home, a leader falling to moral failures, internet porn, or affairs, is it drugs or what they do to people---what is happening out there in this world that grieves you to a point where you must, not have, but MUST go and do something about it.Maybe we are so messed up because everyone is doing what they love or what makes them feel good, what bout digging the ditch because it has to be done, or cleaning the toliets because they are dirty......i guess in an over simplified manner, what are you doing because if you don't people -will be destroyed

Jeremy Postal said...

And that is exactly the point Mr. Annon. Authentically living within the boundaries of love God love people will stir up passionate response to injustice > good clarification on spotting the difference between "selfish-what-makes-you-come-alive" and "Jesus-centered-what-makes-you-come-alive."

As for who I am? That is certainly an interesting (albeit strange and ironic) question coming from someone who hasn't started any convo's with "Hi. My name is...."

I think as a guest that would be appropriate...at least in my home it is as I am sure it is yours. Until then...

Anonymous said...

Hi my name is Rob,
I stumbled on your "BLOG" through a long list of other sites, found it intriguing. I find it amazing at the different views of who what and how to serve our Creator, yet, when all the smoke clears, the purpose is hopefully the same, although each of our paths are different.
I look forward to future conversations, and trust they will be equally edifying.

Anonymous said...

if that is exactly the point, why do so few actually do what God lays on thier hearts? why is it easier to ignore a burden than act on a burden? did Paul/Saul struggle with this? i think so, in the agony of his writings, yet he still pushed forward, knowing that the process was long and slow, knowing that he was a "sinner" perhaps worse than all the others.....
i look at the body of Christ, and see that there are many good hearts, yet many excuses on the reasons not to go......the i would do that "but".....
struggle, sacrifice, turn away from, fall on your face, pick yourself up, and try again, rely on Him and only Him for your strength..
u asked who I am, what does it matter? i love Christ, serve the one true God, am willing to give it all up, and have since i knew that was what God demanded of me, things, objects, wordly desires.....turn away from the clutter the stuff-
nope i am not perfect, i hurt, i still have anger at times, i question God, i question people, but-, and the BUT is huge here, every day i get a step closer to bieng what He desires me to be, i try not to look at the others around me, try not to wonder why one thing that seems easy for me is difficult for others, yet what they do seems so foriegn to me........
we need faith to take each step, we need faith to believe that what we were is the past, and what we will be is what God desires, faith......
today i sat and read and re-read Daniel 11:32, one of those verses that should seperate us, make us take our stand, seperate us...........
ciao for now Jer!!!!

Anonymous said...

so, prophet, apostle, shepard, teacher, disciple????

Jeremy Postal said...

Follower of Jesus.