What Is God Doing in Your Life?
If it doesn’t seem like God is working in your life, you may have a problem. If you don’t see any opportunities to share God’s gospel, you may have a problem. If you aren’t experiencing growth in your Christian life, you may have a problem (should I say, you do have a problem?!)
It’s easy to fall into routines. Life is hum-drum, and nothing seems new. You may not think this is a problem, but it is. When everything seems ‘normal,’ it’s easy to forget that God is working. Jesus said, “My Father is working until now, and I am working” (John 5:17). ‘Routine’ is a problem when you forget God’s work. What can be done about this problem?
The first thing you need to do is open your eyes. Where is God working? What is God doing? It may not be very obvious, but God is doing things all the time. You need to recognize what He is doing. God isn’t a deistic ‘force’ that started the world like a clock and now sits back while it ticks. He is an active, personal God. He is intimately involved in His creation.
You may not be able to tell what God is doing at the moment. If that is the case, focus on your personal spiritual life. Read the Word of God. Pray. Ask Him to open your eyes. What is He doing in your life and around you? Do you see coworkers who are interested in God? That is God’s working. Do you notice that you have a specific burden for someone, or some cause? That also may be God’s working. Ask God to reveal what He is doing.
Once you know what God is doing, see what He wants you to do. Seek Him in prayer and be obedient to what you know to do. Pay attention to special opportunities that you may have – to share His truth, to contribute to a ministry, etc. Rather than deciding on your own how you will serve God, seek wisdom from Him. Consider the desires and burdens that He gives to you.
Take a cue from Jesus. He said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise” (John 5:19). Jesus was led by the Spirit of God, entirely (John 3:34). When the Spirit revealed to Jesus what His Father wanted, Jesus obeyed. While we don’t have the Spirit entirely (Ephesians 4:7), we also need to be led by the Spirit just like Jesus. We need the Spirit to reveal what our Father wants. Then we need to obey.
Led by the Spirit
If this sounds mystical – well, it’s logical. I’m not saying that you need to listen for God’s audible voice. I’m not saying that you need to discern ‘open doors’ and such. All I am saying is that you need to pay attention to what God is doing. If you believe in God’s sovereignty, that is only logical. Then, you need to obey God in each of the situations that you find yourself in. If you are a Christian, that is only logical. I’m saying that you need to seek for God’s Spirit, and pray for Him to guide you. If you believe in the Spirit, that is only logical.
If you open your eyes, obey God, and seek His leading, maybe life wouldn’t be so hum-drum.