How To Find Your Calling – Part 1: Study, Pray, Serve
Scripture reading for this week: Luke 3:23-38
This past Sunday I encouraged our church to recognize that according to God’s word, we are all called to ministry:
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10)
That afternoon as I was resting, it came to me that not everyone has an understanding of how to go about finding their calling. I know when I was new Christian, I certainly had no idea how to go about finding what God had called me to.
So this week in my blog posts I’m going to lay out eight steps that will help you understand what you’re calling is, and how to begin moving in that direction.
Today we’ll look at steps one and two.
1. Seek God through His Word & Prayer
I believe the reason that some Christians haven’t discovered what God has for them is because they haven’t taken the time to develop a relationship with Him. I’m not talking about salvation. I’m talking about a relationship where we are seeking Him, He is speaking to us, and we’re hearing what He is saying.
And so I believe the first step in discerning God’s call for your life is establishing a discipline in your daily life where you are spending time in God’s word, praying to God, and listening for Him to speak to you.
God speaks to us through His word, and as God begins to impart into your heart what his call for your life is, certain scriptures are going to begin to speak to you in a unique way.
During the time that God begin to call me to be a pastor, verses that dealt with preaching and teaching the word of God begin to speak to my heart and come alive to me. It was one of the ways that God began to confirm to me what his call for my life was.
The bible teaches us:
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man [or woman] of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
Did you know that the most important missionary calling that ever happened took place during prayer?
While they were ministering to the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” (Acts 13:2)
I believe one of the most powerful prayers that a Christian can pray is, “Lord, show me what to do, and I will do it.”
And saint, I believe the God will answer that prayer!
2. Recognize the difference between serving and calling
I’ve known some Christians who were seeking God for the calling in their life, yet as they were seeking God they were doing absolutely nothing in the kingdom of God.
I believe that God works through and speaks to those who are actively serving in the kingdom.
Think of it this way: I’m called to be a husband, a father, and the spiritual leader of my home. The majority of my time, effort, and focus should rightfully be focused on fulfilling that call.
But there are also things that need to happen in our home each week. The trash needs to be taken out, the cars need to be maintained, the laundry needs to be folded, etc. These things may not seem like a “calling,” but they are things that need to be done consistently in our home, and all the members of our family pitch in to do them.
In the same way, our church is our spiritual home, and the members are our spiritual family. And I believe that as a spiritual family, each of us should be willing to chip in and contribute to the things that need to be done in order for our church to function smoothly. A Christian might not be “called” to be an usher, but every week we need ushers to serve at our Sunday services.
In the parable of the talents, Jesus taught us that if we’re faithful in the small things, God will entrust us with more:
His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ (Matthew 25:23)
Often the first step in finding our calling in the kingdom is simply being willing to serve wherever we’re needed, and that will open the door for God to lead us toward what He has called us to.
We can change the world, one step at a time.