“What’s your calling?”
I recently had a conversation with my sister about life, God, & love and I asked her this question fully expecting a full essay about what God has requested her to do. Instead she said, “Good question, I have no idea.” This was shocking for me to hear simply because my older sister is THE most saved person under 30 I know. That conversation got me thinking…how many of us know God but don’t know what He he’s called us to do?
I find that it’s relatively easy for us to identify what God has NOT called us to do. For example, every super saved person is not called to preach or evangelize. Every person on the Praise Team isn’t called to be a worship leader. Every christian isn’t a missionary. God placed different assignments and experiences for each of us. So how do we know what our exact assignment is?
The answer is actually kind of simple, we won’t know until we accept a few things about God. God designed each of us in a special way that will be conducive to our calling and the people we are supposed to minister to.
- That means that our calling cannot be determined by man. As good as your mother’s intentions are for your life, she can put you in a thousand ballet classes but of God called you to play football there is nothing she can do about that. Stop listening to people who tell you your dreams are crazy or unreachable. These tend to be the first person to ask for something when you get to a place that can benefit them.
- You, child of God, have to realize that your calling is not a part-time job or side hustle. You have no idea who you’re supposed to mold and shape with your calling so using your calling as a second source of income is not what God intended. If you are a singer, you need to be singing as much as you punch into your 9 to 5.
- Lastly, your calling does not have an age limit. You can start your calling at 6, 66, or 106. When He’s ready for you to step into what he designed, He’s ready. God does not operate in earthly time or limits.
- Your calling does NOT come easy. Even after you are fully aware of what God has for you. It does not mean you won’t have to work for it and put your all in it. God wants to make sure you’re serious about His Will. He doesn’t want a half-hearted Christian. He wants a bold child.
I haven’t always been bold in my walk with Christ and even now it’s so hard to stay the course because I love wine and if it was up to me I’d have a whole bottle every night. Some worldly activities look like fun and I wish I could join my counterparts in their quest to ‘turn up’ but I think to myself, “How will doing this taint my ministries?” I wanna come home to a hot handsome stud and make love every night like they do in the movies. Realize that this is how the devil tries to convince you that the grass is greener any place that you’re not.
- My grandma told me once, “Pay attention to your passion(s). Those passion(s) were placed purposefully by God to give you an indication of what your role in the body of Christ is.” Pay attention to your passion. Do you like it or do you love it?
- When you look around the world or your community, what do you see that pricks your heart? What ideas, policies, or lifestyles make you say “We can do that differently to get better results”
- Once you say yes to God’s Will for your life once you have to say it again and again. There has to be a continuous yes in your mouth. Yes to God’s Will, yes to doing it His way, yes to the process, yes to the trials and the disappointment. Just keep saying yes to Him.
- Assembly is required! Your calling does not come like a couch already put together, shiny, and bright just waiting to be used. Sometimes it comes to you ugly, worn, or tattered. Other times it comes in a box with a lot of pieces and like a new end table from Ikea you have to sit on your floor, lay out the pieces you have, make a note of the pieces you don’t have, & go to the creator (manufacturer) and ask for the necessary tools and supplies to build what you’ve been given. You have to hone and develop the skills involved in your calling. If you’re called to minister practice giving speeches. If you’re a singer, take voice lesson. If you’re a missionary hone your people skills.
“For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body: so also is Christ.”- 1 Corinthians 12:12
About 4 years ago when I started really trying to get my life together like Carol (name that movie), was when God showed me my calling by following a fool-proof formula. And every time I fail I go back to this formula to reclaim my purpose. Even with all of my current knowledge of my calling (and no it’s not singing) I’m also aware that this is only scratching the surface of where He is going to take me.
1. Romans 6:11 says “Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” First thing first if you are not saved…GET SAVED SIS! It sounds juvenile or elementary to be ‘opening the doors of the church’ on my blog but if you want to find out or walk in your purpose you have to come alive. The only way to do that is to declare Jesus as your personal Savior.
2. Deuteronomy 4:29 says, “But from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with your soul.” Secondly, you have to form a relationship and bond with God. How do you expect to know someone if you never talk to them? How do you expect to have a good relationship with someone that you don’t know how to communicate with? If I took away every sense you had except for hearing, and I asked you to identify your spouse based on just their voice you could do it with no problem. right? Pray, fast, talk to God daily so you can understand how his voice sounds. When you do this, you open yourself up to recognize His voice in any situation and in any place.
3. Jeremiah 33:3 says, “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” Once you know how His voice sounds, he will begin to reveal to you important things like, your calling. He’s gonna slowly reveal decisions he wants you to make and pathway/doorways to follow through. The only way He will speak is if you SHUT UP AND LISTEN! We talk so much that we drown out what God is saying. Shut up! shut up! S H U T U P!
4. James 1:22 says, “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” Umm hello, no one likes a hypocrite not even God. He said stop faking the funk for the gram homie and get out there and be out the stuff you talking. He told you what to do and how to do it so…DO IT FAM!
5. Repeat! Following Christ is not a one way fool proof plan. You have to constantly be repentant and asking God to clean your filthy and deceiving heart. Its’s okay to falter and make mistakes but pick yourself up and like Brian McKnight said, “start back at one”.
k, good talk
Sn: In the comments tell me about what God has called you to do or your journey to discover your calling