Here are a couple of quotes I used this past weekend from Francis Chan’s book, the Forgotten God.
â€œIt is easy to use the phrase â€˜Godâ€™s will for my lifeâ€™ as an excuse for inaction or even disobedience. Itâ€™s much less demanding to think about Godâ€™s will for your future than it is to ask Him what He wants you to do in the next ten minutes. Itâ€™s safer to commit to following Him someday instead of this day.â€
â€œYou donâ€™t need the Holy Spirit if you are merely seeking to live a semi-moral life and attend church regularly. You can find people of all sorts in many religions doing that quite nicely without Him. You only need the Holy Spiritâ€™s guidance and help if you truly want to follow the Way of Jesus Christ. You only need Him if you desire to â€˜obey everythingâ€™ He commanded and to teach others to do the same. You only need the Holy Spirit if you have genuinely repented and believe. And you only need the Holy Spirit if you understand that you are called to share in Christâ€™s suffering and death, as well as His resurrectionâ€¦ If you truly believe and have turned from the way you were headed and joined a different Way of living, then you desperately need the Holy Spirit. You know you cannot live this Way without the Spirit in you.â€
Living by the Spirit of God each day is a choice, as is understanding the will of God. Don’t worry about getting the whole picture in advance – rarely does God work that way (although I’m sure guys like Noah, Abraham, and Moses would have appreciated it). Focus on living for Him a moment at a time and learning to allow His Spirit to be your driving force.
On a side note, if you are a Francis Chan fan (say that ten times fast) then you might be interested in watching this video where he explains that he just stepped down from his church ministry position and why.