God’s Calling On Your Life
One of my often-used phrases is “There’s nothing more exciting than being smack-dab in the middle of God’s purpose for your life!” It’s absolutely true. God has a plan for each and every one of us [Jeremiah 29:11 says so], and the trick is finding out for yourself exactly what that plan involves.
In other words, what does God want you to be doing in your life to make this a better place for others?
I am one of the lucky ones. Within a few days of my accepting Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, God illumined my mind and my heart to His purpose for me as a Christian.
During my early years in Junior High and High School, and later in college, I was prone to teaching other students things that the teacher was saying, but that they did not understand.
Even before I was much acquainted with the Bible, I was obsessed with a hunger for God’s word. I spent hours each day reading, studying, and cross-referencing everything I read. God brought my past school experiences to mind and I realized that He was calling me—not to be a Bible scholar—but to take what He was teaching me and to give it out to other believers as I learned from Him. There is was! Taking my experiences into account and my apparent aptitude for teaching, I had a calling. It was that simple.
But it is certainly not always as simple for everyone. As I talk about the thrill of being smack-dab in the middle of God’s will for your life, I am frequently met with the question “How do I know what God’s calling is for me?”
No Secret Formula
There is no secret formula. But there are a lot of things to consider that might have a bearing. This is not an exhaustive list, but hopefully, it will be of help to some.
- Consistently pray for God’s guidance.
- Consider what you are good at doing, what you love doing, and the experiences you have already had.
- Try out various options for size (Keep in mind that you may not be comfortable with it at first. That certainly happened in my case—I was terrified of speaking!)
- Take a Spiritual Gifts Inventory survey.
- Listen to what other Christians (whose opinion you highly value) say about what Spiritual Gifts they observe in you.
- Through it all, continue to pray about it. Then remember to listen to what God is telling you.
- Philippians 2:5 it. (Have an attitude the same as Christ’s)
This is my prayer for you: that your heart will be receptive to the leading of the Lord, that you will clearly hear His calling on your life, and that you will respond eagerly to the opportunity that He presents to you. God is Love!