What is God’s will for my life?
We all want to know the answer to that question, right? I mean, could there be a more pressing subject? We’re talking about the sovereign God of all that is, the one who created us, who sustains us, who gave his Son to save us. What does he want us to do with this vapor of a life he’s given?
In his new book, Follow Me, David Platt gets right to the core of our search for God’s will. We’re drawn to the methods — whether casting a fleece or listening to “that still small voice” or looking for that door to fling wide open. But Platt wonders, is it really that hard?
What if God the Father has not sent his children on a cosmic Easter egg hunt to discover his will while he sits back in heaven saying, “You’re getting colder . . . warmer . . . colder . . .”? And what if searching for God’s will like this actually misses the entire point of what it means to be a disciple of Jesus? (127–128)
Christian discipleship aims to transform our will. That’s what happens when believers are made new in Christ. “As followers of Jesus, our lives are subsumed in his life, and our ways are totally surrendered to his will” (128). To be “in Christ” means that we no longer live for ourselves “but for him who for our sake died and was raised” (2 Corinthians [5:15]).
Written by Jonathan Parnell
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