4 STEP IN IDENTIFYING YOUR CALLING

The Church is full of people who are anxious to
hear from God—but hearing God and following
through on what He says are two different things.
We often pray for God to speak and lead us into
the life He has designed for us before we are
willing to take those steps forward when He gives
the word.
Many of us truly believe God has good plans and
purposes for our lives. But how do we discern His
purpose? How do we know if where we’re headed
is out of selfish ambition, or Kingdom calling? And
when we do see the vision He has for our lives,
how do we get started?
Stepping into God’s calling for your life is quite a
journey, and it all starts with discovering God right
where you are.
1) Discover God
Before you can begin to understand who you are,
you must have a revelation of who God is.
We are often self-focused. Whether you have a
high or a low view of yourself, such self-concern is
sinful. Not only will it prevent you from truly
loving others, but it will prevent you from standing
in awe of God and worshipping Him—the highest
calling that we have on our lives, however that
might differently play out.
God is not made in our image. We are made in
His. And if we are His workmanship, then we can’t
really discover much about ourselves unless we
first know Him.
Getting to know God means, at the most practical
level, spending time with Him. It means spending
time in His written Word and in prayer, and
allowing His Spirit to fill us and reveal truth to us.
2) Discover Who You Are in Christ
The biggest reason you can’t discover who you are
until you know God is because knowing Him will
change you. When you allow the Holy Spirit to
dwell in you, you will be transformed and restored
—growing closer to the original reflection of God
you were created to be.
Your purpose as a believer is to build the Kingdom
of God. This is the calling of every believer, but
each person has a different role in this project.
God must reveal to you what your part is.
Your role in His Kingdom work will utilize your
natural gifts and talents, but it will also require His
spirit to empower you. Your work is impossible
without Him. As my pastor’s wife once said, “You
are the only one who is qualified to do what God
created you for, but without Christ, you lose your
qualifications.”
But what if you aren’t sensing Gods leading?
If you aren’t sure how God is specifically leading
you, then it’s important to remain faithful in the
things you are doing right now and continue to
move forward in your relationship with Him. Keep
moving, one step at a time—don’t get stuck at a
standstill. It could be that you are in the right place
already! Ask Him to fill you with peace if you are
right where you need to be, and to lead clearly if
you need to pursue elsewhere.
3) Get Started
Once you sense God leading you into a specific
purpose, you need to learn to move in the Holy
Spirit to carry out that purpose in the everyday.
When a person begins to walk into their calling,
you can expect spiritual warfare. If you were
hoping for a life of ease, you will be disappointed.
In choosing to live a life of purpose, you won’t be
spared from hardship—but you will learn to rise
above it. It’s so much better to conquer your fear
than it is to run away from the hard situation. But
don’t worry—it isn’t all bad! There are hard times,
but there is also a deep sense of satisfaction and
fulfillment, paired with a burning desire to move
forward and know even more of God and His plan.
But don’t let all this keep you from getting started.
As you face challenges, equip yourself with
resources and surround yourself with godly people
who are also following God’s call. Along the way,
you’ll need a few things.
You need mentors to guide you, offer advice and
let your know if your direction is sound and seems
to be in line with God’s plans.
You need peers for the journey to keep you
grounded and remind you that you aren’t alone.
And finally, you need “mentees” (for lack of a
better word), or people you can reach out to who
aren’t as far along as you. It’s important to build
the next generation, and we should hope to bring
them even further than we are.
4) Press on Toward the Goal
Starting out on God’s calling for your life is an
adventure, but there will also be times when you
have to settle into a routine. You might get bored,
or you may find that you aren’t as consistently
excited as you were when you began.

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