Just Do Something


In our society, there are an abundance of choices to be made. Where will I live? What job will I take? What will I study? Who will I marry? And with all of these questions weighing heavily on our minds, many Christians today have set out to find the answers by determining the will of God for the lives. Unfortunately, even though we are well-intentioned in our quest and genuinely desire to know what God expects of us, we are often way off the mark with how we go about finding the answers we seek.
Let me put it this way: a lot of times we treat the will of God like a game of hide and seek. God knows exactly what we should do in order to have the best life possible, what most Christians loftily refer to as “the center of God’s will”. He doesn’t just let us in on the secret, though. Oh, no, we have to find out for ourselves exactly how to get to the center of His will, and if we make any missteps along the way we’ll have to settle for His second best for our lives. And so we worry and we fret and we feel a need to be “at peace” with every decision that we make. We look for open and closed doors, set out fleeces, and seek signs of God’s leading in each choice. And in the end, we do a whole lot of nothing. We’re stuck in a sort of limbo, not growing up or moving on with our lives because we’re afraid we’ll miss God’s best for us, until we realize that that’s what we’ve been doing all along: missing out.
In his book, “Just Do Something”, Kevin DeYoung faces this misconception of God’s will head on and offers us another, better way of living, the way God intended for us to make decisions all along: wisdom. Using Matthew 6:25-34 as a launching point, he brings us around to what really matters. Here’s what he has to say about it: “Verse 33 is crucial to understanding the will of God for our lives. Jesus says, ‘Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness.’ He doesn’t call on us to seek a divine word before scheduling another semester of classes or deciding between bowling and putt-putt golf. He calls us to run hard after Him, His commands, and His glory. The decision to be in God’s will is not the choice between Memphis or Fargo or engineering or art; it’s the daily decision we face to seek God’s kingdom or ours, submit to His lordship or not, live according to His rules or our own. The question God cares about most is not ‘Where should I live?’ but ‘Do I love the Lord with all my heart, soul, strength, and mind, and do I love my neighbor as myself?’ (Luke 10:27) It’s that second question that gets to the heart of God’s will for your life.”
Kevin skillfully points out that our focus has been on the wrong things all along. Instead of making our goal to get the job, spouse, home and degree that God has called us to get, we should be focused on being the employee, spouse, neighbor and student that God has called us to be, wherever we choose to go, whatever we choose to do. And by all means, we should choose to go places and do things! In Kevin’s words: “So go marry someone, provided you are equally yoked and you actually like being with each other. Go get a job, provided it’s not wicked. Go live somewhere in something with somebody or nobody. But put aside the passivity and the quest for complete fulfillment and the perfectionism and the preoccupation with the future, and for God’s sake start making some decisions in your life. Don’t wait for the liver-shiver. If you are seeking first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, you will be in God’s will, so just go out and do something.”
So what kind of decisions are you facing in your life? And where are you going to look for the answers? I would encourage you to read “Just Do Something”, it will completely change your outlook on life choices, the future, and God’s will. But even more importantly, I encourage you to pursue the life you want to live and to grow into the person that God has created you to be. God is in control, and we are free to venture out into the unknown in full confidence because we know that nothing is unknown to Him. So venture, explore, settle down or move on, get involved, get committed, but whatever you do, don’t be afraid of the future. Trust God and just do something.

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  1. Kate McIntyre

    Right on! 🙂

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