What direction shall I go?

We may not always know beforehand what directions will give God the most glory. And we can also be confident that no matter what decision we make, God will glorify himself through it. So how can God get more glory out of us?

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I was up with a friend of mine the other night and we were wrestling with the question, “Does God care about our preferences?

I think we both knew that God cared about our preferences, but what we were actually wondering was what weight do our preferences hold when making decisions.

For a long time, I have heard people tell me that if you are in between two options, and neither is sin, we ought to go with our preference. I definitely want to challenge that thinking though. If we’re not worried about sin, I’m still not convinced that our authority should be our preference.

Take Jesus in the garden right before he got arrested for example. He was praying to his Father that he did not want to endure the crucifixion if he didn’t have to. Surely, there were alternative ways that Jesus could have handled that night that was at the same time not sinful.

But he didn’t go with his preference. That’s because God’s glory could be more widely experienced in Christ’s death, than any other way. So I think our go-to gauge should not be our preferences, but rather what will glorify God most.

Now I understand that we may not always know beforehand what directions will give God the most glory. And I think we can also be confident that no matter what decision we make, God will glorify himself through it. So how can God get more glory out of us?

Bring in.

The primary way we set ourselves up to be in a position where God gets glory out of us is when we bring him into our lives. Whether that’s through reading Scripture, receiving counsel, or learning from teachers in the church, what we put in is what we give out.

Give out.

This is the ways in which we make ourselves vulnerable so that God’s grace can abound in our lives. This might look like confessing our sins or serving others who need help. Giving to the world what God has put in us will give the world life, and that is what gives God glory.

Move forward.

This is where discipleship happens. If others can’t learn from us, then we need to be moving in a different direction. This looks like worshipping with our brothers and sisters in Christ and celebrating the life that we have with each other.

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If in the decision we’re trying to make our preference takes away from bringing in, giving out, or moving forward, we cannot go with our preference.

When my friend and I were talking, we started by asking if God cared about our preferences. We didn’t think that was the right question to ask, so we moved to what weight does our preference hold. And though that gave us some clarity, I’m still not convinced that was the right question to ask.

In the midst of fear, doubt, and confusion, my preference was to try to find contentment rather than to push through the fear, doubt, and confusion that it seemed like God was leading me into.

The real question I need to be asking is that when fear, doubt, and confusion arise, can I trust God’s grace to cover me as I move into action?

Our preference is not the solid ground we need and are looking for. The solid ground we are looking for is the grace of God. And no matter how much a direction scares us, stretches us, changes us, or breaks us, God’s grace is there. Lean into God’s grace, and you can’t make a bad decision.

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3 thoughts on “What direction shall I go?

  1. great post! I have been struggling with my fiction. Many, many rejections have been helpful in teaching me to write. But I believe it is up to me to glorify God. Yet, I begin to doubt. I push through. Doubt creeps in. This was my ‘preference’ though I have yet to be published. A few Christian agents gave me many tips on how to change and give more glory to God. It is difficult for discernment! Prayers requested.

  2. I’ll definitely pray for you Claire. Honestly, as someone who is not published, being published is not the only way writing brings glory to God. I’m sure that God has shaped you, changed you, and grown you through the process of writing in ways He has already gotten glory and will continue to. Keep moving forward knowing that God has been moving in your writing process and will continue to do just that!

  3. Mitch, I really appreciate you sharing how you wrestled with the issue of how much weight our preferences should carry when we are faced with making decisions that involve no sin. It is a great question that challenges all of us to consider how we would answer. I appreciate that you landed on the belief that God’s will and his desires/plans for us should be the determining factor in any decision we make. And in the end, when we are stepping into a choice that is uncomfortable or unnerving I totally agree that “the real question we need to be asking is that when fear, doubt, and confusion arise, can we trust God’s grace to cover us as we move into action?”

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