How To Find Your Calling: Part 2 – Discover Your Gift, Develop a Plan
Scripture reading for this week: Luke 3:23-38
the word of God came to John the son of Zechariah in the wilderness. (Luke 3:2)
Yesterday I started a four part series entitled “How To Find Your Calling.” (read Part 1 HERE).
Today we’re going to look at the next two steps: Discovering your spiritual gift, and developing a plan.
3 – Discover Your Spiritual Gift
Did you know that you have at least one spiritual gift? According to bible, every Christian has at least one gift given by the Holy Spirit:
But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills. (1 Corinthians 12:11)
Why did the Holy Spirit give us spiritual gifts? Great question! The Holy Spirit gave us gifts so we could minister to one another, and fulfill the mission God has given us of reaching the world with the gospel message!
And I believe that the gift, or gifts, that the Holy Spirit gives to us, are connected to the calling that God gives us.
FACT: God has called us, and He will equip us by His Spirit:
Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts. (Zechariah 4:6)
God has created each one of us uniquely different. He has given us different gifts, talents, personalities, temperaments, and passions to outfit us to accomplish His unique purpose for each of us. True significance in life comes when we discover that purpose and calling and use them in our careers and ministries.
It has been said, career is what you are paid for; calling is what you are made for.
I also believe that if God has equipped us by His Spirit, then the appropriate response is to discover how we can use that gift for the purpose He intended. In other words – discover our calling!
And I believe one of the first steps in that process is to discover what spiritual gift, or gifts, God has given you. To help, I’ve included a few resources that you can use to get started.
First I’ll direct you to one of my teachings on the gifts of the Holy Spirit. I’ll admit it’s a little long, but it’s an in-depth look at each spiritual gift listed in the bible, what that gift looks like, and how it can be utilized in your life.
I’ll also direct you to a “Spiritual Gifts Survey” that you can use to help discover what your spiritual gifts are. Keep in mind that this is a guide to help you discover what your primary spiritual gifts are, and I wouldn’t consider that a limit. God can impart any spiritual gift that you might need, at any moment you need it!
As you go through this process of discovering your spiritual gifts, be careful not to treat it like an aptitude test. In other words, be careful not to think “I’ve got gift of helps, so I can only do helps.”
I believe that understanding how God has gifted and equipped us simply helps us begin to get a picture of the direction that God has for us.
As you begin to discover the gifts that God has given you, take these things to prayer and begin asking God, “Lord what am I to do with these gifts? How would you have me use them?”
Then as God begins to speak to your heart, it’s time to move to the next step.
4 – Develop a Plan
Some Christians have a perspective that planning isn’t “spiritual,” that we should just “go with the flow wherever God leads us.” I don’t agree. Actually the bible has quite a bit to say about planning:
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. (James 1:5)
The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty. (Proverbs 21:5)
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
In other words, we seek the Lord for wisdom and direction, and then develop a strategic plan to begin moving in that direction.
For instance, if I felt the Lord calling me to music ministry, certainly I would pray for wisdom and guidance on how to proceed.
But I would also start researching music ministries. I would speak to others who were involved in music ministries. I would find out what it would take to launch a music ministry.
I would PLAN – set aside time – to learn and research. I would start writing out the steps that it would take to get where I feel I need to be. I would be intentional about spending some time each week moving towards what I feel God is calling me to.
And I would be open to opportunities that the Lord might open along the way.
The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps. (Proverbs 16:9)
Tomorrow we’ll look at how to position yourself for your calling.
We can change the world, one life at at time…