As we minister to young professionals in their 20s, we often find them asking, “How do I discern the God’s will for my life?” One Scripture I lead them to is Romans 12:2:
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Here are two things we can learn about discerning God’s will:
1. I know that as a follower of Jesus, I am being transformed by the renewing of my mind. I can make decisions confidently because I have “the mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2:16).
2. I am able to “test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” So, whatever plan or idea I have, I test it through questions: “Does this glorify Jesus?” and “Does this please God and fit His design for my life?”
Often young adults in their 20s are trying to discern how to spend their time and where to invest themselves. One thing is clear—time spent growing as a disciple is always God’s will!
This past summer we launched our first Nav20s Summer Discipleship Training. People quickly signed up to participate because they desired to be equipped to follow Jesus’ command to reproduce themselves, to make disciples. “Discipling among peers” is a huge part of the vision of our work. Tessa was part of our summer group.
My wife, Marissa, had been meeting with Tessa. One day in her quiet time, Tessa read the story about Phillip and the Ethiopian eunuch:
And as they were going along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “See, here is water! What prevents me from being baptized?” And he commanded the chariot to stop, and they both went down into the water, Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him (Acts 8:36-38).
Because of her desire to grow in her relationship with Christ, Tessa decided to get baptized after one of the summer training sessions and her new friends rejoiced with her. She is one of more than 70 young professionals who are part of our Nav20s ministry in Dallas/Fort Worth growing as disciples and making disciples.