#5 “How To Find God’s Calling in Our Life”.
How do I know that my job is what God has called me to? What if I have made numerous career choices that seemed only to point to a dead end? Is this just a part of life that I must accept? Is there such a thing as one specific job that God has created me to do?
Surrender your whole being to Him to be used for righteous purposes. Romans 6:13
Welcome to my blog series post entitled "Unveiling the Zeitgeist". This new 7-part series is about “How To Find God’s Calling in Our Life”. Many believers struggle with even believing that God has a specific purpose for their lives. Constantly in search of significance people second guess themselves whether they are in God’s calling or not. Wrong decisions and indecision haunt mental and spiritual life. This blog was produced with a friend who struggled with the same issues. What is God’s purpose for my life? My heart is that by reading this blog, many feel encouraged to search for their own God given calling. By discovering gaining valuable perspectives, I hope that they will take a leap in finding their purpose in life.
How do I know that my job is what God has called me to? What if I have made numerous career choices that seemed to point to a dead end? Is this just a part of life that I must accept? Is there such a thing as one specific job that God has created me to do?
In my mind, with God, there is no zero-sum game. You never lose as long as you don’t give up. He tells us in Psalms 149:4 that “The Lord takes pleasure in his people.” There are no ifs and buts about this statement. Plus, if you have made some bad choices, God knows this, and He is more than willing and able to make use of them. More importantly, in Ecclesiastes 3:1, we read the following “There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heavens.” However, God expects us to grow in the spirit (1 Peter 2:2) and gain wisdom (Proverb 1:7). Our relationship with God travels along the maturity curve. How much we trust God changes as we become more mature. Like most things in life, growth spurts are associated with pain and this is true from muscle growth to a company to spiritual growth. What is required is a constant stimulus or pain that develops into growth. Spiritual pain is necessary for us to mature and increase in our knowledge of God. But faith without action is dead and so revelation is paired with action.
What are the signs when you follow God's calling? In the story of Joseph, we remember his route to fulfilling God’s calling of attaining the second-highest position governing Egypt, the most powerful nation of that. Joseph lived through two low points as he was sold into slavery and then was wrongly imprisoned. Each low point got him further and further away from God’s original calling. I dub this phenomenon the “swish” after Nike’s logo because there was a dip before a steady rise in his life trajectory. I too experienced a similar pattern in my own life. Once I had come to realize my calling, I saw a steady decline in my life situation, with it being pulled further and further away from God’s promises and His calling. “God blesses the people who patiently endure testing. Afterward, they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him” (James 1:12). People use different metaphors to describe this. Some call this the “pruning season” or “desert experience” after Israel’s 40 years of wandering in the desert before finally entering the promised land. What is sure is that testing is part of God’s method in purifying and establishing His will on a believer’s life. God does not dictate our lives even though we may think that He does. On the contrary, God’s nature is faithful and He trusts us to make our own decisions as we grow wiser and more spiritually mature. God empowers us to make decisions, and even mistakes, so that we learn from them without harming ourselves and others. In His wonderful timing, God can flip the switch in a moment and can orchestrate a full reinstatement and restitution on your behalf. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all ways acknowledge Him and he will make your paths straight (Proverb 3:5).
Not all fulfill their calling in life even if they know what their calling is. The reverse is also true. In Hebrews 12:1, it speaks of the “huge crowd of witnesses” in heaven who are observing us from the sidelines. Like a sports spectator, the gallery frantically cheering us on may indicate that many have successfully fulfilled their calling and are now in heaven in the presence of our Lord Jesus, the author of life.
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