John Stott on the will of God

In yesterday’s preach on the story of Martha and Mary, I referred to something John Stott said about how to determine God’s will for your life.

The setting was a Christian event called Eurofest, held in Belgium in 1975. The account is from Scot McKnight who tells the story in his book One Life: Jesus calls, we follow. McKnight recalls being at a panel discussion where one of the panelists was John Stott. Here is the rest:

A long-haired young man to my right asked John Stott a question we were all facing and that we all face: How can I discern the Lord’s will for my life?

John Stott made an observation that clarified my dream for me, and I’ve pondered his answer over and over in my life. I’ve used his answer in countless talks and conversations. Here are his words as I recall them: “Here’s how to determine God’s will for your life: Go wherever your gifts will be exploited the most.”

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