We classify God’s will into two categories: general and specific.
God’s general will applies to all disciples. We are all called to love our enemies, give to those in need, forgive those who hurt us, and treat others the way we want to be treated. And that’s just the highlights from the Sermon on the Mount! (Matthew 5:43-48, 6:1-4, 6:14-15, 7:12 ) God’s general will for us as His children is all throughout the Bible and we learn what God calls us to do by spending time in His word.
God’s specific will is the who, what, when, where, and how He wants you to carry out His general will. God said to Jeremiah, “For I know the plans I have for you. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11, NLT) While God was speaking specifically to Jeremiah in this verse, it applies to us as well. God has big dreams for your life and wants to use it in ways you’d never imagine.
God can and will use anyone to do anything. So the question is, will you obey?
Stop ignoring your convictions. Is there something you know God is calling you to do that you’ve been putting off? Maybe there’s a coworker you feel the need to have a conversation with about Christ. Maybe God is calling you to start a Bible study time with your family and you haven’t taken the first step to make it happen. Maybe there’s a ministry idea you have that you keep shoving out of your thoughts. Big or small, listen to the the Holy Spirit’s prodding and obey.
Stop making excuses. “I don’t know enough. It’s not the right time for me. What if it doesn’t succeed?” 2 Peter 1:3 says, “By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence.” We have all that we need in Christ through the Holy Spirit. Trust God and obey.
Stop doing it alone. Share with someone what you believe God is calling you to do. Get their insight and ask for encouragement. Ask them to follow-up with you and hold you accountable. Find someone to walk it out with you and obey.
Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” (NLT) God has a plan and it is marvelous! I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to miss out on what He has for us.