Are You Living According to Gods Will For Your Life?
God’s Way or the Highway!
There is a saying in business that flawless execution of a good plan all but ensures success. Yet, consider how many business plans, personal commitments, or New Year’s resolutions begin with good intentions only to later become the source of shame? The reason is simple. The plan was built on what we vision for ourselves, and not the plan that God has created for us.
“We were built in Gods image for His glory – and we were each fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139)
Q4 – is a biblical construct for uncovering and implementing Gods will in your life or organization.
Q1 – Who matters most in our life?
We are hard wired to sacrifice for the people we care about. We sacrifice time, money, emotions, and in extreme situations our own lives.
In order to build a real plan, we need to understand who is most important to us. This includes family, our business relationships such as partners, key employees, and strategic alliances, our community organizations, and churches, and of course before all things - God.
God – God is before all things. (Colossians 1:17). While we agree that He does not need to even be listed on the list, because He is the whole list, we felt it was still a good reminder, that we need some days. Remember that Prayer is the “First response” not a “last resort.”
Family – As Jesus said, “if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand” (Mathew 3:23-25). We recognize that we need to make time to keep family a priority as we endure the added stressors of fulfilling a vision, and an additional academic workload. This is not a suggestion but a command from God.
a. Spouses – Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church (Ephesians 5:25), …, and wives respect your husband (Ephesians 5:33).
b. Children –Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it (Proverbs 22:6).
Community – The Bible also says, “let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works” (Hebrews 10:24-25). Who do we serve? ________________________________________________________
Q2 – What matters most in our life?
This question is inward facing, it is more than just about a mission or plan; it is about our identity, and forms clarity around ones calling. A calling can be found where the crossroads of our mission, vision, gifts, and story. We must always be reminded that our vision should be God’s vision, or we are missing our purpose. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them” (Ephesians 2:8-10).
A. Vision – Our vision is how we see the world impacted by our stewardship of Truth and Love. “I have a dream….” Vision: __________________________________________________________________
B. Mission – Our Mission is how we work towards our vision. (Short and Sweet – easy to say by all)
C. Gifts – Humans often lose sight of their own identity as they seek to please others. The Bible tells us that, “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money” (Mathew 6:24). As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace (1 Peter 4:10).
What unique gifts to our existing members bring?
How are we utilizing those Gifts?
What gifts are we not using as well as we could?
D. Story –Just as important as understanding our vision for the future is reflecting on the journey that lead us here. These events will shape how and why we make decisions and how we are best connected to others. We find that like with many testimonies of salvation, it is often the hardships that we have endured that form our strength for today’s battles. The story of Joseph and his brothers reminds us that “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today” (Genesis 50:20).
Tell your story so everyone can connect and then share it.
Q3 – What do we have to work with?
The Bible tells us that, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8). This is good news, but the Bible also tells us that, “faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead” (James 2:17). Jesus can perform miracles, but sometimes we need to move the rock. In this world that rock calls for resources, because after all, no margin, no mission.
Financial Resources – “God has enough money to pay His bills when you make sure you are doing His business.” J. Falwell.
Itemize Revenue, P & L, Assets, anticipated expenditures, other financials.
Relationships – When God is fully involved, perhaps our biggest resource is the ability to cultivate a large multi-disciplined army when we need it. The Body of Christ.
Brainstorm and consolidate ALL COI’s – (Centers of Influence) & “Friends of the Family”
Create a Help campaign – Summit, and relationship development.
Spiritual Formation – Defined as, “an intentional, multifaceted process which promotes the transformation by which Christ is formed in us so that we can become His continually maturing disciples.” K. Boa reminds us that this is a “journey with Christ rather than a journey to Christ.” How do we seek to keep Jesus in the center of every decision.
How do we commune in fellowship, and accountability (morning prayer, small group, devotionals etc.) – “One Mind and one accord.”
Q4 – Are we playing to win?
It’s hard to win if one does not know where the end zone is. In order to captain this ship for a Christ centered journey, and a Kingdom destination we can simply use the Q4 Construct in reverse by asking ourselves;
Are we using all that we have to work with (financial resources, relationships, and spiritual formation),
…in a way that embraces our story and also leverages our gifts, (identity)
…to fulfill our mission and vision (calling)
…Glorifying God and blessing ourselves on those God has entrusted with our mission.
Ø If the answer is yes – keep going.
Ø If the answer is no – change anything inconsistent with you vision until it is yes.
Ø If you don’t know – Be Still!
This is Our Story with God. For us to be successful we must pray rigorously as we yield our will to Jesus, control our own thinking, and ask to receive. For Jesus said, “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you” (John 15:7).
The temptation to take over God’s role in our life is the essence of the false self, and we are all guilt of it at times. Before we can accomplish God size plans we must move forward to a life of radical abandonment to God in love—we must be clear on the nature of our religious false self and must come to the decision to lose this life for Christ’s sake.”