Do you ever wonder what God is calling you to do? Have you ever thought that you even have a “calling”? The word calling by Christians often implies someone that is being “called” by God to serve him in a position as a leader in a church setting. A pastor, a women’s ministry leader, a worship leader, or a children’s minister to name a few.
But what if I told you that God has a special “calling” just for you. One he started even before you came into this world. Actually he has had several “callings” for you in different seasons of your life and there are more to come! Super exciting right!
Look at these famous Bible characters who God called and equipped with all they need and he made sure to get them to the finish.
Esther, the beautiful Jewish girl who became queen and saved her people and herself from being killed. God made sure she had courage and confidence at just the right time to save His people.
Noah, built the Ark when God called him. It was a huge job. God gave him the skills and energy to accomplish the job.
Moses, OMG, lead God’s people out of Egypt! And did you know that he hated public speaking! God gave him this amazing ability to lead and speak.
So how do we figure out this “calling” thing for our lives you ask? Well friend, we start by scooting in real close to Jesus. Just like God called and equipped so many more people we read about in our Bibles, He will do the same for us. “The LORD directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.” (Psalm 37:23). When we are in God’s word daily, learning and growing to be more like him, he will direct us to our special assignment He has just for us.
John 10:3-4 reminds us, “To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. “When he puts forth all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice.” Which leads me to the second action step to know our “calling”, pray scripture.
Sometimes, well I’ll speak for myself here, I get caught up telling God what I want when I pray instead of asking nicely, praying for God’s will in my life. When we pray God’s word back to him, we stay focused on His will, not our selfish agendas. When we pray scriptures in search of our “Jesus Jobs” we will know God’s voice and we will follow it where He leads.
Here are three Psalms to pray for God’s guidance for your calling:
Finally, we must obey. Yeah I said it, obey the calling. We might not think that what we hear God calling us to do is really for us, it’s too hard, too time consuming, not in the right geographical area, so on and so forth, but I promise you if God made the call, its right. Have no fear, Hebrews 13:21 is here to settle your soul, “may he equip you with all you need for doing his will. May he produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ,
every good thing that is pleasing to him. All glory to him forever and ever! Amen.”
So this brings me back to our verse today, Philippians 1:6, “And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” (NLT) We must have confidence friend, not only in God but in ourselves as we go out with our callings.
I am throwing Hebrews 10:35-36 into my memory verses “ So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you! Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.” (NLT)
And I remember when the going gets tough in my calling, Philippians 4:13, “For I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength.” (NLT)
Friend, I hope you will join me in late August and September for the study of “Exhale” where we will learn more about our “Calling” and Losing Who We’re Not, Loving Who We Are, and Living Our One Life Well”.
You can order the book and study guide at this link: Exhale Book
Watch for more information on the Exhale Book Study coming soon!
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Until next time,
Look Up, Let Go, Live Joy!