The Bible is replete with admonitions, encouragement, and explanations of God’s way of doing things. We make a choice to serve God, and to receive the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, the only begotten son of the Father [Jesus is the fulfillment of the gospel, creator of all things, and author and finisher of our faith.] We are never forced.
Once we receive this sacrifice we are made aware of another special blessing God has given us even from the beginning. Every one of us has been given a calling by God. No two fingerprints are alike, no two experiences are the same, and no two callings are the same. We each have a unique reason for being–yet we each have a common thread in our calling, particularly when we are in Christ.
1 Corinthians 12:28:31 God made each of us for a special purpose and that purpose includes love. But earnestly desire and zealously cultivate the greatest and best gifts and graces (the higher gifts and the choicest graces). And yet I will show you a still more excellent way [one that is better by far and the highest of them all—love].
How do we know what our calling is? How do we know where to find it? In order to discover the answer to these questions, we need to take a look at our childhood. You see God knew who we were from the beginning. He knew we would choose Christ.
Those of us who are in Christ have had seeds sown from an early age. To understand the impact of our calling we need to look at what we were most drawn to before the world (the enemy of God) got a hold of us and tried to shake it out of us? There is a clue hidden somewhere in our early development that can open up the window to our understanding.
1. Compare your life with your desires. God gives us the desires of our heart when/if we receive Christ and turn our lives over to him.
Psalm 37:4 Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desiresand secret petitions of your heart.
Ephesians 1:4: In His love He chose us [actually picked us out for Himself as His own] in Christ before the foundation of the world.
2. Look for the uniqueness of your godly drawing. Are you concerned about animals, children in want, the homeless, the elderly, do you love to sing, write, or…? God knew you and what you would be drawn to before you knew.
Romans 12:4 Our bodies have many parts, but these parts don’t all do the same thing.
3. Check out where you are being led. This includes where you live, where doors are opened to you, and what’s going on as they open. If you have given your life over to God and there are continual roadblocks to what you want to do, then ask God to free the roadblocks or confirm that it is His will for you, your calling, and your future.
Ephesians 1:5: For He foreordained us (destined us, planned in love for us) to be adopted (revealed) as His own children through Jesus Christ, in accordance with the purpose of His will because it pleased Him and was His kind intent.
4. Make sure you’re not fighting his purpose for you. God knows you better than you know you. After we give ourselves over to God we must continually check with God before making plans he might not agree with.
5. Turn all your doubts and questions over to Christ always. The next time you experience a bump in your calling, ask yourself, what would God want me to do now? When we are in God’s will we will have the peace of God that surpasses all [worldly] understanding.
Psalm 138:8 The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy andloving-kindness, O Lord, endure forever—forsake not the works of Your own hands.
Mark 4:22 [ Things are hidden temporarily only as a means to revelation.] For there is nothing hidden except to be revealed, nor is anything [temporarily] kept secret except in order that it may be made known.