Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God's Will
What is God's will for you?
Most Christians ask, Ã¢ÂÂWhat is GodÃ¢ÂÂs will for me?Ã¢ÂÂ at some point in their lives. It certainly isnÃ¢ÂÂt wrong to ask that question; Christians should care about GodÃ¢ÂÂs will, but it is wrong when pondering it and/or looking for it causes the believer to take eons to make what really should be simple decisions. The millennial generation especially has seemed to master the art of agonizing over the litany of lifeÃ¢ÂÂs questions, significant or small, and Kevin DeYoungÃ¢ÂÂs Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach To Finding GodÃ¢ÂÂs Will is an excellent tool that can help you get back on the proper decision-making track.
ItÃ¢ÂÂs impressive how, with such an intimidating subject matter that can be very difficult to dissect, Kevin manages to present a great number of effective illustrations and straightforward trains of thought to help us understand GodÃ¢ÂÂs will better and think more biblically about it. Kevin suggests that Christians waste immeasurable, unrecoverable amounts of time waiting for God to show them the way, and spend sadly little time actually doing anything. I tend to agree with that. Kevin makes it clear that God has a plan for each of us, but that it isnÃ¢ÂÂt GodÃ¢ÂÂs plan for us to know that plan in its every detail. And it shouldnÃ¢ÂÂt surprise us that because Christians want to know, weÃ¢ÂÂre driving ourselves nuts choosing what to have for breakfast, or where to live.
DeYoung covers a variety of topics in Just Do Something, beginning with how the realities of God and His character actually shape the carrying out of His will (ch.2). He moves on to emphasizing reasons why believers want to know GodÃ¢ÂÂs will (ch.3), why some reasons are wrong (ch.4) how we should handle following GodÃ¢ÂÂs will (ch.5), the ways Christians manage to make decision-making such an arduous process (ch.6), suggestions for practical actions to take and avoid in disseminating GodÃ¢ÂÂs will (ch.7), how to apply biblical wisdom (Scripture, counsel, and prayer) to decision-making (ch.8), and much more. And I knew Kevin wouldnÃ¢ÂÂt fail to nail me in my struggle of being a timid, analytic second-guesser with tainted emotions. Thanks for that brother.
DonÃ¢ÂÂt misunderstand though. KevinÃ¢ÂÂs goal is never to encourage doing whatever comes to mind at any time regardless of the potential consequences, and he doesnÃ¢ÂÂt do that. He absolutely does advocate, as he should, for Christians to apply Scriptural truth and principles when making certain decisions. The key there is certain. When it comes to non-moral matters such as where to live or attend college, what career path to take, whether to buy or rent, whether to serve your church in this way or that way, etc, God is never going to write in the sky what He ultimately determined for you. Almighty God did, after all, give mankind a fully functional brain to make choices.
Yet reality is that Christians in general donÃ¢ÂÂt make decisions well, myself included. We want our ducks all in a row. We donÃ¢ÂÂt want to take risks. We simply like to know if itÃ¢ÂÂs what God really wants, and what the long-term ramifications will be. The problem is if that was reality, we wouldnÃ¢ÂÂt depend on God at all, let alone fully. We would lean on our own understanding, not that of the God who knows past, present, and future, and predestined what He knows is best for each of us. Kevin pounds this home in each chapter, and I appreciate the necessary reminders. And of course he never fails to supplement the bookÃ¢ÂÂs great content with his trademark humor, and personal anecdotes. Apparently KevinÃ¢ÂÂs grandfather has influenced him much in this area, because youÃ¢ÂÂll encounter him several times throughout JDS.
In the end, while some of KevinÃ¢ÂÂs claims are perhaps debatable, overall I think heÃ¢ÂÂs spot-on with his theology about what GodÃ¢ÂÂs will is, and how Christians ought to be walking in it. So, if youÃ¢ÂÂve wanted to understand better what in fairness is a difficult concept, Just Do Something is a very good resource that sheds further light on the teachings of Scripture. Is it GodÃ¢ÂÂs will that you read it? Well, thatÃ¢ÂÂs for you to decide.
February 22, 2014
Biblically true, concise, convicting, and just EXCELLENT!!!
March 16, 2012
Short and to the point
Kevin does an excellent job of laying down false ideas most Christians fall into believing and the corrective path ahead for them. He uses scripture to backup his statements and His point is very simple ... ask God for direction but dang it ... get up and do something.
May 29, 2011
Anyone who has ever wanted to discover GodÃ¢ÂÂs will for their life should find this book helpful, no matter their age. While the book is aimed towards college age, the principles found in the book can be used by anyone.
March 6, 2011