With tears rolling down my face, I said to my Lord, “Here I am. I will go wherever You lead!” The tears came at the realization that my prayer of surrender would require me to give over what I had always seen as my life’s work—the church we planted out of our home a decade and a half ago. After months of agonizing over this decision, it was done. God had clearly spoken.
Maybe you find yourself in a similar place, sensing the Lord’s leading but wanting to be certain. How do you confirm God’s will when making a life-changing decision?
The answer to that question is not a science but an art, for God’s will cannot be put in a box. But while He won’t speak the same way every time, I am also convinced God doesn’t hide His will from His children. For those who will seek His voice, He will give an answer (Proverb 3:6). So how do you seek His voice?
Most decisions will not need this kind of scrutiny, for God’s Word is sufficient to give us guidance on our day-to-day decisions. But a few times in life, a decision comes that requires special consideration. For those seasons, here are five questions that will help you make a life-changing decision
Only after a time of extended prayer, a confirming word from the Lord, the affirmation of multiple advisors, confirmation from loved ones who will be affected, and a thorough evaluation of alignment with your personal calling should you be ready to make a life-changing decision. If you can answer “Yes” to each of the 5 questions above, then you can have great confidence you are making a decision that the Lord has led you to make. It is with similar confidence that my family and I step out in obedience and accept God's call to serve the people of Los Angeles in new role as the Chief Church Planting Strategist with the North American Mission Board.
Church Planter. Pastor to pastors. Husband. Father. Reader.