What is God's will for me
God has a perfect plan for our lives - let's learn what it is
God has a great plan for your life. The goal is to find out what that is and do it.
Each one of us has a specific and uniquely job, which Our Lord has designed for us to do. This plan works in unison with God’s greater plan for the salvation of souls.
God’s will is His most perfect plan that, not only was created so He can use us for the salvation of others, but it is also created so we can obtain a wonderful life of peace and most importantly, for the salvation of our soul’s too.
This article is written to help us discern what God’s will is for us, so we don’t waste our lives doing anything opposed to the perfect plan He has for our lives.
Most of us know God has great plans for our lives “plans for your welfare and not for woe, so as to give you a future of hope” (Jeremiah 29:11). He wants us to have real hopes for Eternal Life and to live in great joy. We just need to follow His will to obtain it. When we follow God’s will, by surrendering what we want and do what God desires of us, we can be assured that we will obtain Life and live in a life of great peace.
But the problem is, that we don’t follow God’s will most of the time, and we go off on our own paths…some of us are so far from God’s plan, we won’t ever find the life and eternity of peace God has waiting for us, because we don’t even know we are lost. But if we know or come to know that we aren’t following the plan God has for us… then we can seek Our Savior to bring us to The Way of Peace.
God’s Will is Dynamic
God’s will is much more than we could imagine. Yet, we tend to limit God’s will to only being the major “works” He has instore for us or perhaps we know God has a plan for our lives, but we are only concerned with knowing what that is for certain “big” decisions we need to make.
For example: People will pray for God’s guidance with something concerning them, but not with the rest of the moments of our lives. Other times, we will hear people say, “God called me to be a teacher” or “I’m called to feed the hungry” and that is great. But there is MUCH more to God’s will for our lives than just having a special job using the skills God has given us or a plan for a single moment of our lives.
God has a specific will, a plan, for literally every moment of our lives. Yes, every second God has designed a perfect will for us. And the more closely we follow His will at every second, the more closely we will find the perfect life and eternity of peace God has prepared for us.
Truly, we should give no moments to our will. The goal is to give it all to God, since our flesh is opposed to the Spirit. By nature, since the fall of Adam and Eve, what we naturally want is opposed to God’s will.
So, if we want a wonderful life of peace and Eternal Life with Christ, we need to learn how to let go of our will, so we can be guided by God’s grace.
Some of what God wills of us is the same for all people. Like, God wills us all to stop sinning…to love Him…to trust Him, basically God wills everyone to live the faith, not just some times but all of the time, because that is what brings us to the life of peace and eternal Life He has waiting for us.
But outside of that, God has a specific plan for the “work” He wants us to do. He has a “major” job for us, and a bunch of “minor” works…sometimes our “works” will change, since He is teaching and preparing us for a bigger work. Nonetheless, God has specilized work for all of us, so we can live the Christian faith and serve God for the salvation of souls (ours and others).
What God will’s for the young is quite different than what God will’s for the old. What does God will for a baby: to eat and grow…for a toddler: to eat, grow, play and learn…for an adolescent: to eat, grow, play, learn and come to know and love God…for a teen: to eat, grow, play (a lot less), learn (a lot more), to do all to better know, love and serve God….an adult: to eat, to play (only if necessary to help strength us for our work for God or to love another), learn and to do all to better know, love and serve God.
As we can see God’s will changes throughout our lives. When we were young not much was expected of us…since we still didn’t have much. But as we grew older, we were called to put away our childish ways, and surrender everything to know, love and serve God.
But most of us haven’t done that and have chosen to indulge in and grow in sin after sin after sin… cling to a vast aray of sins, since we were seeking our will and not God’s. But God wants us to let go of all we, sinful beings desire, (every thought, word and deed), and allow God’s grace to move everything, so He can lead us through all moments to Life.
God is our parent, who perfectly loves us, who seeks to guide us to perfection. But He can’t do that if we want to take control and refuse to surrender our will, which is moved by self-love/pride, for His will, which is moved by perfect knowledge and love for us.
Please know, we, who are great sinners, know nothing compared to the Almighty God, and all we desire is that of self-love. Yes, until we allow God to move us, we simply can’t do anything that is truly good. Therefore, all God wants of us and allows to occur in our lives is what is truly best for our souls (what will help us grow into a life of true peace and obtain a saving faith)…that is if we can learn, change and grow because of it.
God wills us to:
- live to serve Him–to do whatever task, job, or work He calls us to do;
- live to do what He wants at all moments–to let go of what we want in every thought, word or deed, and think, speak and do what God wills;
- live to trust in what He allows–suffering and all–as ultimately leading to our good–to have no despair with anything that occurs in our life knowing all that is allowed is God’s will, who intends to use it to lead us, who believe, to greater faith, peace and Eternal Life;
- live to learn from Him–to learn from all moments so God can lead us to grow into the image of Jesus by growing in our prayers, works, sacrifices, self-knowledge, contrition and come to know the next step in His will–His plan–for us to grow in faith so to know, love and serve Him well;
- live according to His priorities–to do everything in its proper order, never procrastinating or doing what we like first leaving the undesirable work later or never doing it, and only doing all according to God’s plan, which is the perfect plan for success;
- live to obey His Word–to make are top goal to stop sinning, and do what Jesus would do at all times so to grow in holiness and love of God;
- live to make right our wrongs–to atone for our sins the best we can and console God for all of the atrocities committed against His Sacred Heart of Love;
- live to desire Him alone–seek to love God with all of our heart and remove all attachments to everything we go to for happiness and long for that isn’t God alone;
- live to pick up our crosses–to never complaining or worry about the suffering/burdens God allows us to bear, knowing God desire to send much grace, through the cross, if we unite with Him in His sufferings for the salvation of souls.
- live for the cross and the salvation of souls–to seek to want nothing but to fulfill God’s will by following Christ, which is done by intentionally suffering and sacrificing pleasure for the cross for the salvation of souls like Christ did for us.
But before we can even begin to take the first step to do this, we must know, that God wills all of us, no matter who we are or what walk of life we live in, no matter how far we are from following Him and His will for us, to be in great peace on earth and to obtain eternal bliss with Him in Heaven. That is the fulfillment of God’s plan…if we follow it.
We aren’t called to go out and make a big impact upon the world as we seek to do the greatest works, as some have been deceived into believing. No, we are called to do God’s will whatever that may be. For some it is little things and for other it is great things, but no matter what God will is for us, it is the perfect plan for our life of happiness and the salvation of our soul.
No matter how well we have followed Christ or not, God is still calling and calling us each day to more correctly follow His fantastic plan towards Heaven. Sadly, “few” as the Word says follow Him and their lives are lost. God is devastated. He wants to save us and to lead us to a life of peace, which is done by living for the above goals. But He won’t force us to follow Him, we must make the choice on our own. He will give us much grace to inspire us and strength to reject the world for Him, but we must choose Him.
But please understand, just because God desires the same outcome for all of our lives–which is peace and salvation–it doesn’t mean we will all go about obtaining this goal the same. God has a very special and unique plan for each of us in order for us to get there.
God desires to use our very special and unique talents, which He gave us, so we can live our life doing what really matters–His will, which is the only thing that is truly good–which is living for His will alone.
This will of God’s involves EVERY MOMENT of our lives…even our “free time.” Yes, God has a will for us to be living at all moments of our life; we just need to learn what that
Great Peace From Finding and Living God’s Will
Some people are very blessed and after striving to find and live God’s will, they have finally discovered His perfect plan for every moment in their lives. They surrendered their will and now live for God’s will alone. No longer are they living on the wrong path still looking for their purpose in life, striving for happiness with everything but God. Wonderfully they fond the path to a life of peace and eternal bliss that God promises because they sought to love and obey Him. And God rewarded them with fantastic peace…even in suffering. Lest make this our goal too.
“For [by] obedience [to God’s will]…may grace and peace be yours in abundance” (1 Peter 1:2).
Live to Serve Him
Most people read this article looking to figure out what God wants them to do with their life or looking for help with making a certain decision. Perhaps we are looking for that specific job or charity work which God has called each of us to do, which is good. But if we seek to really serve God and do His will, His plan is so much more. Therefore, if we truly want God to lead us to Eternal Life, we need to follow ALL of God’s will…not pick God for some of it and our sinful will for the rest. We need relent our will of His and seek to do what God wants of us at all moments. That is The Way.
“Holiness consists simply in doing God’s will, and being just what God wants us to be.”
–St. Therese of Lisieux
Sure, God calls each of us to a certain vocation: a priest, nun, doctor, homeless helper, homemaker, teacher of the blind, shelter for the abused, caretaker for the sick, repair man for the needy, teacher of the faith, motivator of prayer, missionary worker, etc. and that is how He wants to use us for His great plan for the salvation of souls and we need to learn how to discern what that is…but if we really want to serve God and live for His will, for the salvation of our and other’s souls, we must learn how to do the rest of the above listed things too.
“May the God of peace, who brought up from the dead the great shepherd of the sheep by the blood of the eternal covenant, Jesus our Lord, furnish you with all that is good, that you may do his will. May he carry out in you what is pleasing to him through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever [and ever]. Amen.” (Hebrews 13:20-21)
“You give Me most glory by patiently submitting to My will, and you win for yourself greater merit than that which any fast or mortification could ever gain for you” –Jesus to St. Faustina
“There are many Christians in our day who have certain virtues [qualities of goodness], and who do great things, but all of no use to them in the matter of everlasting life, merely because they do not keep in view the honour and glory of God alone, but rather the empty satisfaction of their own will.” –St. John Vianney
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