A long time ago my prayers were always, “God, what do You want me to do?” I wanted to know the will of God for my life and I was desperate! I never realized His biggest desire was for me to know Him. I discovered my priorities were totally out of whack. When we get the revelation of “KNOWING God” versus “DOING for God,” our lives will never be the same.
In Acts 22:3-10 (GW) the Apostle Paul (who used to be called Saul) was being arrested, but first he shared his testimony of his conversion experience. — Paul said, A bright light shined and then Jesus spoke to him saying, “Saul! Saul! Why are you persecuting Me?” Saul answered, “WHO ARE YOU, SIR?” The voice responded, “I’m Jesus from Nazareth, the one you’re persecuting.” Saul then asked the second question, “WHAT DO YOU WANT ME TO DO, LORD?” Did you notice the “WHO ARE YOU….” came BEFORE the “WHAT DO YOU….”
When I read these two questions for the first time, and realized the order, the impact, and the results they produced in Paul’s life, I began to apply them to my own life. I have never been the same. Little by little, I was beginning to see that the Secret Place, this intimate time of knowing God, would produce change in my life. The more I stepped into my relationship with the Lord the more I desired to know Him. The more I began to know Him the more He began to show me… who I am and what I was to accomplish in my life. With each day, the purpose and plan of God for my life became clearer. The best thing about it was the satisfaction and peace that comes when God directs my life instead of me. It’s been about 28 years since I started focusing on the “knowing” instead of the “doing.” Trust me on this, the more I get to know God, the more He gives me to do: so much that I never have to ask, “What do you want me to do?”
Read this excerpt from a long-time pastor/author, Lloyd Ogilvie. In 1988 this one paragraph was the mile-marker that started everything I just talked about.
“The restless search for the will of God is a sure sign that you are out of it! The will of God is not a mysterious set of sealed orders we search for and receive, if we happen to hit on the right formula. Rather, the will of God is a relationship with Him in which He discloses His purpose, power, and plan for our lives—and in that order…. The Lord’s will for me was to abide, listen, wait—to want Him more than His guidance…. Out of love for me, He withheld temporarily what I wanted in order to give me what I needed.”
Pastor Kevin Kinchen