There was a man in the Army. He was told, “There is this group of snipers endangering the battle group. It is a dangerous job, but we need your squad to sneak up and eliminate them.” He said, “That doesn’t work for me. I need to know your will for my best.” He was dishonorably discharged.
After studying the subjects, He got a job with the police, and did well for a few years. Then the Chief said, “We have an active shooter. We need a group of you to go and stop him. It is dangerous, but many lives are in danger. He said, “That doesn’t work for me. I need to know your will for my best.” He was fired from the department.
Finally, after more college, he got a job with the Hawaiian search and rescue. For many years, he worked rescuing boaters. Then his boss told him, “The lava is advancing on this shore town. People are trapped and if it pushes them into the ocean, they will die. It is a dangerous last minute rescue that we are sending you out on. He said, “That doesn’t work for me. I need to know your will for my best.” Again, he was let go.
We say, “what a horrible man. He was supposed to put his life on the line to keep the people of our country safe.” The problem is that we are like that man. We glom onto Rom 8:28, “God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God.” We tell God, “Those dangerous/scary/uncomfortable jobs don’t work for me. I need to know your will for my best.” We ignore that Rom 8 is a collective promise, all things work together for the body of Christ. Sometimes, God asks us to be like Jesus, willing to suffer so the body of Christ may flourish. We say no. Then we ask to know His will for me; should I put on the red shirt?, should I take this job?, should I marry this person? His will is plainly in the Bible; walk worthy, bear fruit, be patient and steadfast, love your neighbor. He is clear, those who by faith do His will are the ones going to heaven. (Matt7:21)