Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, “What do you want?” (John 1:38 NIV)
One of the questions that Christians ask the most is, “What does God want me to do?” Obviously, the question does not pertain so much to moral decisions, as God has made His desires in such things pretty clear in written Scripture. More so, our questions are things like, “Where should I go to school?”, “What occupation should I pursue?”, “Who should I marry?”, “When should we have children?”, “Where should I live?”, etc.
It is interesting to note that Jesus often asked people the question above (cf. Matthew 20:21, 32), and I would like to suggest that He is still in the habit of asking it. So often we seek for God’s will by praying, “God what do you want me to do for you?” However, most likely, God is responding, “What do you want to do for Me?”
God gives us the desires of our heart because He leads us through those desires. In other words, this notion that God’s will for our life will be the exact opposite of what we will want is both common and wrong.
As people who have the Spirit of God living in them, we can prayerfully and confidently follow our desires. More often than we might think, our heavenly Father’s attitude is like Jonathan’s armor-bearer who said, “Do all that you have in mind. Go ahead; I am with you heart and soul.” (1 Samuel 14:7 NIV). This is not only because He has probably given us our desires, but also because like any good Father, He gives His children an immense amount of freedom to do what is on their heart. What is on yours today? Just do it.