Things That Are Above

Gospel Thinking for Gospel Living

Just Do Something by Kevin DeYoung

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Many people today (myself among them) have wondered what God’s will for their lives for them is. Wanting to follow the Lord in our daily lives is wonderful—in fact, God  commands in the Bible to “take up your cross, and follow Me”—but we are asking the wrong question. In moral decisions, God’s will is for us to do the right thing—each and every time. It is definitely God’s will for us to be sanctified, for us to be “conformed to the image of His Son” (Romans 8:29), but what is God’s will for us in morally ambiguous situations? What vocation does God want me to choose? Who does God want me to marry? Where should I go to college? Should I even go to college?  God does care for us—as Kevin DeYoung advocates in his book—but truth be told, our undue worrying over finding the ever-elusive will of God often (if not always) amounts to nothing more than a lack of faith in God. As Pastor DeYoung ends his first chapter:

Too many of us have passed off our instability, inconsistency, and endless self-exploration as “looking for God’s will,” as if not making up our minds and meandering through life were marks of spiritual maturity. … Instead, when it comes to our future, we should take some responsibility, make a decision, and just do something. (p. 15)

As DeYoung later establishes in Just Do Something that God does guide us, but we shouldn’t expect Him to. Instead of waiting on God to give us some kind of “peace”—most major life decisions aren’t easy to make, and we won’t always have a magical feeling (we’re allowed to doubt ourselves—don’t doubt God) before going through with a big decision. But through it all, we should be trusting God. And it is this trust in God that empowers us to make those tough decisions. Romans 8:28 and Ecclesiastes 7:14 teach that God works all things to our good as His loving people. Perhaps this quote summarizes Kevin DeYoung’s Just Do Something best:

God doesn’t take risks, so we can. (p. 41)

So if you’re struggling with “finding God’s will,” know that as long as you’re doing all to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31), you are in the will of God. This truth isn’t glamorous, but it’s liberating.

I highly enjoyed this book, and if you would like to read it, you can purchase it from here. It is a quick read, Scripture-based (and –saturated), and quite encouraging.

“Set your minds on things that are above,” and just do something … all to the glory of God!


Written by Jordan Atkinson

July 15, 2013 at 7:49 PM

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