Have you ever asked yourself that question?
It is a challenging question, and I thank our pastor for asking it in a recent sermon. While I would call myself a Kingdom-minded Christian, I do not recall ever directly applying this question to a major career, life, or financial decision.
That changed last week when my husband, Dan, and I used it as the focusing question for our retreat.
“What is the best we can do for the Kingdom” was the first of three questions Dan and I asked ourselves in order to discern God’s direction for us at this point in our lives. After some brainstorming we isolated the ideas at the intersection of the three questions. It seemed like a nice organized approach for an engineer (Dan in his first career) and a computer systems analyst (me in mine:)
The three questions we asked were:
1) What is the best we can do for the Kingdom?
2) Where do we see God at work around us?
3) What are our gifts, talents, skills, experiences, passions, and how has God prepared us for ministry?
There were no wild revelations. We’re not moving to Africa. We ruled out a few things, had some healthy discussions that brought clarity to both of us, and finally felt a confirmation to move forward on the path we had been on.
It was an illuminating exercise, and I recommend it even if you’re not at a decision point in your life.
So, having done our best to listen, wait, and use our own heads, we will knock on some doors and wait for God to open one.
Have you ever made an important life decision based on the best you can do for the Kingdom?
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33