by Lee Buford on March 4, 2010

Yesterday I wrote  The Power of Momentum, taking a look at Dave Ramsey’s momentum theorem and how our failure to leverage God’s power is often the missing piece of the momentum puzzle. We can become paralyzed by fear, guilt, indecision, and confusion, and fail to take the first step towards our God-given purposes in life.

We can, however, also become paralyzed by actually trying to do what God wants us to do!

I am convinced that many Jesus-loving, Christ-centered individuals waste precious days, months, and even years…simply trying to discern what God would have them do with their lives. I know because I have done it myself!

I’ve been known to plead with God in such a manner as this:

“God, I love you. I surrender to Your calling on my life. I want to be exactly who You want me to be and do exactly what You created me to do. Now, Father…exactly what is that?”

 And then the waiting game begins. The over-analysis begins. The confusion sets in. And at this point, I have rendered myself useless to the purposes of God. I am merely standing still waiting on the bolt of lightning to strike me.

Have you been there?

If so, I have a book I’d like to recommend:  JUST DO SOMETHING, by Kevin DeYoung.

I won’t take up a lot of your time with a full-fledged review…the book itself is small, only 124 pages. There are many detailed reviews online if you’re interested in that sort of detail, but you could probably read the book in less time. What I will do is give you a snapshot look at why I’m confident you will find it helpful.

DeYoung does an excellent job shedding many of the myths we have about God’s will. It’s not a maze or a bulls-eye. There’s no one specific dot, or perfect point in the universe, we must find to serve Him. God is concerned first and foremost with whom we serve and how we live.

33But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. 34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. – Matthew 6:33-34 – ESV

If I am truly seeking the kingdom of God FIRST, most other things will fall into place. I can seek the kingdom FIRST in most any school, neighborhood, office, or while driving any type of car I desire. If I’m waiting on God to tell me whether to buy the Chevrolet or the Honda, I can be assured I’m probably going to be waiting a while.

Now, that said, there are many excellent in-depth, theologically correct books, manuscripts, and dissertations on discerning the will of God. I am in no way suggesting that the discerning of God’s will is always as simple as suggested here, nor that we should not spend diligent time in prayer and in the Word seeking guidance from the Holy Spirit in such matters. We definitely SHOULD!

But the fact remains, as DeYoung’s title suggests, at some point we must focus our intentions on seeking the kingdom first and serving God. We must LIVE for Him.

Today… not tomorrow, now…not later…

We must, at some point, JUST DO SOMETHING!

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