All right, you’re a Christian. Maybe you have been a Christian for all or most of your life or maybe just for a short time.
Either way, the same nagging question always lingers in the back of your mind: “Lord, what am I supposed to do with my life and with my salvation?”
Jesus seemed to be absolutely and resolutely clear about what He was supposed to do during His earthly life. He told His disciples that God the Father lives in Him and does His work through Him.
You say, “That’s fine for Jesus but, after all, He was the Son of God. So how does that help me know what I am supposed to do?”
Just a couple of verses later Jesus applies what’s true for Himself to you and me: “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father” (vs 12).
We are supposed to do the same thing Jesus did! And Jesus did God the Father’s work. So, whatever God needs to do through you, that’s what you’re supposed to do.
I know that’s not very specific and you would like to have a little more definitive response. So let me suggest three propositions that might provide more explicit guidance.
- Jesus said that He is the way through life: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. If you had really known me, you would know who my Father is. From now on, you do know him and have seen him!” (vs. 6-7). I don’t know my way through life but I know and trust the One who is the Way to Life! And when I know God in a personal way, then I am enabled to see God’s reality at work in this big world and in my little world.
- Jesus only did what He saw God the Father doing: “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself. He does only what he sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does. For the Father loves the Son and shows him everything he is doing” (vs. 5:19-20). If Jesus is our example and if what applies to Him what applies to us, then God will show you what you are supposed to be doing when you start looking around to see what He is doing in this big world and in your little world.
- Jesus went to be with the Father and sent His Spirit to be with you: “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth” (vs. 16-17). The Spirit of Jesus, the Holy Spirit, dwelling in us enables us to have the spiritual perception to see what God is doing in this big world and in our little worlds and also empowers us to do His work
You have a destiny with God. God is working out His redemptive plan for His creation and He wants you to help.
In his book, Experiencing God, Henry Blackaby advises us to look around and see what God is doing and then join Him in His work. When you cooperate with God, when your will is to do His will, then God can do His work through you.
And, that’s what you’re supposed to do!
“God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us.” (1 Corinthians 12:6, NLT).
- Divine Labor – John 5:17,19 (stevesbiblemeditations.com)