I am often asked about the will of God and how to fulfill it. My answer is usually fairly simple – God’s purpose is you succeeding with your gifts in the world and His focus is empowering you to do that.
That may sound different than what you’ve been taught and potentially selfish or humanistic. It contradicts the idea that individual success should be sacrificed for the advancement of the Kingdom of God. That idea presupposes that strong organizational churches are key to transforming the world.
Strong churches are wonderful, but not if their success requires large numbers of individuals to withdraw from the world. God created us to transform the world from within it, so we have to be in it for transformation to come.
When God created humanity, He empowered us for the express purpose of succeeding on the earth. Us succeeding on the earth and serving others with that success is our God given purpose. Therefore, becoming who God created you to be in the world is fulfilling His will.
Our careers and communities are largely where we fulfill our calling on the earth. Thus, it is imperative to be part of a congregation that celebrates and engenders your success, not their own. The best congregations empower people to succeed in the world. The worst ones devour people for their own organizational advancement.
Societal transformation comes as individuals excel in their God given abilities in companies and communities, growing in influence in our world. If your congregation is helping empower you to excel in the world, they are doing God’s work. If they are not, well …
Life is too short to be spent in dysfunctional organizations that cannibalize instead of catalyze your success. Don’t be afraid to make a change and find people who inspire, empower and spur you on towards success in the world – and do the same for them.
Empowered people transform society by living lives of maximum impact – in the world not separated from it. This was always God’s plan for us.