There is this awesome part in Empire Strikes Back where Luke is training with Yoda on Degobah (stick with me, the nerd talk will end soon) and his X-Wing Fighter sinks into the swamp. Yoda tells him to use the force to pull it back out and Luke says it’s impossible. Yoda tells him he must unlearn what he has learned to which Luke responds, “I’ll try.” and then Yoda says one of the best lines in movie history (in my opinion) “No. Try not. Do, or do not. There is no try.”
Ok, so what was the point of that? Why did I just waste your time quoting a sci fi muppet? Because I think this applies to Christian life when it comes to discerning the will of God. Too often we rack our brains over what to do in any given situation (even sinful situations, trying to justify our sins) asking what God’s will could be. We’ve been living in a consumer centric Christianity for years, where the focus is on us, the consumer, when the truth is the whole message of Christianity is that it’s not about us, but that it’s about Jesus, and what he can do through us. We need to unlearn what we have learned. I’m going to say something controversial, because we live in a “me” centred society: God doesn’t care what you do with your life. What I mean by that is he doesn’t care if you become a doctor, or a lawyer, or a garbage man, because God’s will for your life is clear: Serve the needy, give to the poor, clothe the naked, feed the hungry, comfort those who mourn. So long as you are doing that, whatever else you are doing becomes secondary, and merely a vehicle to carry out the will of God. So, to paraphrase Yoda: you cannot “try” to understand God’s will because His will is clear; and you either do it or you don’t. You either carry out God’s will in any situation or you don’t. There is no try.
What are some areas where you can carry out God’s will this week? And in what settings? How can you glorify him through your work, your family, your friends, your church, etc.? Comment your thoughts in the section below!