While reading Ajith Fernando’s Jesus Driven Ministry he leaves us with something to think about when he describes that “Jesus’ temptations had to do with choosing the will of God over alternative paths” (pg 87). This is something important for us as leaders to think about because our own desire and ambition to do good in the community will tempt us to use our own methods and paths instead of God’s. Like Jesus, you and I will need to say, “No” to the rights and privileges we might believe that we have and commit to God’s path for our lives and His ways of accomplishing work according to His law and Word.
One of the ways we operate according to God’s Word and path instead of our own is to operate in love. Thomas Merton describes operating in God’s love as to “live in such a way that we don’t have to think about ourselves, He will think about us. So you are no longer worrying about whether you are virtuous or not, you just live” (pg 39). Just living in God’s love for others helps us to forget about ourselves and to focus on others. By focusing on others and not thinking about our own personal paths of ministry or accomplishment, it helps to put God in control and allows Him to direct our lives and guide us down the path He wants us to go.
This is not easy, but it is necessary to follow God’s will and follow the path He determines, not mine.
Question: How do you affirm God's will for your life and follow it?