God’s Will for Your Life

Kent Shaffer —  December 11, 2012

Sometimes we become hyperfocused and obsessed over the little things and lose track of the big picture. In those moments, the sharp contrast of a new perspective can be a great way to refocus.

For those anxiously wrestling with discovering God’s purpose for you life, consider the levelheaded perspective of Rich Mullins, a dead modern prophet/singer/songwriter.

Rich Mullins on God’s Will for Your Life

Quoted from an interview at the 1996 Ichthus Music Festival.

Well you know this whole ministry mumbo jumbo stuff – I don’t buy that. I think you are who you are, and you just live your life, and eventually we’ll all be dead, and it will probably matter very little that any of us actually lived except to God who made us. And the only way we can possibly do anything meaningful to God is to be who He made us to be. And the rest of this stuff about doing stuff for God and this and that I think is a bunch of hype. If I were going to be a good car, if Mr Ford had invented me, and I wanted to bring Mr Ford glory, what would I do? I wouldn’t go conquer countries. I wouldn’t plow fields. I would simply be a car, and so I think that God created me to simply be a person. And I think that God looks down and gets a big kick out of people, but what He finds are a bunch of heroes. And I think He is bored with heroism. And I think it’s just a matter of being who you are. The trick of the trade is letting go of your own ideas of yourself and letting God to define you as you go along, which is very hard to do because we like to think way more highly of ourselves than we ought to and at the same time we think far more angrily towards ourselves than we should. I think that God likes us awfully much more than we imagine that He does, but I don’t think He likes us because we are so very cool or so very useful or so very valuable. I think that God just is love, so He can’t help but like us.

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God’s picture of my life doesn’t look like my picture of it.

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I can tell you what God’s will is for everyone standing here. And it ain’t cause I’m some big prophet. It’s cause I have half a brain. God’s will for me and for him and for her is that we should be holy. And I think that apart from our becoming holy, God really doesn’t give a bang and a bag about a whole lot of stuff that we worry about. So people say, “Well, where does God want me to go to college?” And I go, “You know what I’ve been to college a lot, and I don’t know that God wants you to go. But maybe you want to go, so why don’t you do what you want to do. And if God don’t like it, He’ll stop you.” I’m just not as convinced as the Calvinists are, I’m just not as convinced as everybody else seems to be that God has a specific will for each of us, and our job in life is to figure out what is right for us to do. I kinda tend to think that we should be where we are, be God’s person in the place where we are, and if God wants you to go to Egypt, He will provide 11 jealous brothers who will sell you into slavery. He will take care of His will. We don’t have to worry about God’s will, not in that way. What is a big worry to me is, “How do I live out holiness? How do I live out that identity that God has created in me and imputed into me through His son Jesus?”

The full interview is available via YouTube.

Kent Shaffer

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I live in an RV with my wife and 2 kids and work with OpenChurch.com to help Christians collaborate and build a global Church library of free, open content.

2 responses to God’s Will for Your Life

  1. Thanks so much for sharing this, Kent. Just what I needed today! It is a huge relief to know that we can just “be” and trust that God is going to do with us what he wills. I think as Christians, we can get so hung up (myself included) on what God’s will is for my life, as though if I make one wrong step, I’m out of God’s will. I think Rich Mullins in hinting at the point that we take ourselves and our decisions far too seriously as though God will be angry with us for going to this school or taking this job and moving across the country. Fact is, God uses us whenever and wherever we go. He has shown me this time and time again in my own life. Keep up the great blogging!

  2. Thank you for this viepoint in “God’s will for your life”. His will for my life starts at Ps 139:13-18, Jer 29:11, Eph 2:10, Eph 4:11-16, 1 Cor 3:9-15, 1 Cor 12, Rom 12:5-8, Rev 22:11-15 … amongst other compelling Scripture verses. I serve a God of breakthroughs and Romans 10:13-15 BHAGs (Big hairy audacious goals) and God-sized assignments. May all His children be blessed and obedient.