Love God, love others. That is the will of God for your life in four words. Our problem is not we don’t know God’s will for our lives, it’s that we lack the conviction to live it. For fun, I searched Amazon.com for books on God’s will for your life. The search came back with a staggering 3,000 results. Going with a conservative estimate of 40,0000 words per book, that’s over 120 million words written to help people discover God’s will for their lives.
It makes me wonder how much money Christians spend trying to determine God’s will. Now you know it in just four words: Love God, love others. And that’s for free. You’re welcome. It gets even worse when you plug the same phrase into Google. That search yields over 224 million web pages discussing the topic.
I understand the obsession and admit to pursuing it myself in the past. What is frustrating to me is how simple it is to find and how complicated Christians have made it for their brothers and sisters over the years. Life is not about what you do for a living, what school you attend, or who you marry. It’s about glorifying God. We glorify Him when we love Him and love others. We confuse the issue when we think life is about us. It’s the wrong focus. You will never discover God’s will when you are living a life focused on yourself. You are not the focus of the Universe. God is.
Loving God is difficult. Loving others might be even harder. We’re selfish people. We’d much rather focus on ourselves than on anyone else. If you want proof, look no further than the number of books and web pages out there purporting to tell you how to find God’s will for your life. We’ll search for most of our lives to avoid seeing His will is for us to love God and love people. We want something more dramatic, something that would bring some glory to ourselves. Again, that’s missing the point. You are not the point, and neither am I. The point of life is bringing glory to our Savior and Creator.
Love God, love others. Do this and you will live out God’s will for your life. It will mean we have to make some changes. We will have to be okay with living in obscurity so long as God gets the glory for it. We might become famous, we might become rich, or we might be anonymous without even a dollar to our name. None of it matters because God is the only thing that matters. We must live our lives for His glory and not ours. Stop searching for God’s will. You already know what it is. Use the time you’ve been spending on searching for His will to love someone. Love God, love others. It’s that simple, and it’s that hard. If you truly want to live out God’s will for your life, you know what to do next.