How to Find Your Calling Part 3 – Position Yourself, Team Up
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)
This week I’m blogging on how to go about finding and walking in the calling that God has for your life.
So far we’ve looked at:
Today we’re going to look at the next two steps: Position Yourself for ministry, and Team UP.
5 – Position Yourself for Ministry
One of the things I’ve discovered over the years is that if I want to be used by God, I need to position myself in a way that I’m available for God to move in my life. I realize that sound’s a little oblique, so let me give you an example.
When the Lord called me to be a pastor, I had no idea when or where that calling was going to be realized. The only thing God told me was that we needed to sell our house. So we put our house on the market.
After it went under contract, God did something unexpected; He told us through a prophetic word that we were NOT to buy or rent another house. I have to admit, I wasn’t fully convinced of that word. But sure enough, a week before we had to move out, an opportunity opened up for our family of six to move into the home a friend who had a large basement living area that included three bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, and a full kitchen!
And guess what, within thirty days of us moving in with my friend Dr Bob, the Lord opened up the door for me to assume the pastorship of Calvary Chapel of Wilmington. And because we had not bought another house yet, we were available to move to Wilmington on short notice.
My point: Because we obeyed God and didn’t lock ourselves into another home purchase or rental, we were free to follow God to Wilmington and step into His calling for our lives.
So what does positioning yourself for your calling look like?
- It may be downsizing your lifestyle.
- It may be paying off debt.
- It may be setting aside some commitments that aren’t necessarily bad, but they would hinder you being free to serve God.
The bottom line: If you’re praying about your calling, God is going to speak to you about how to position yourself for the next step God has for you.
6 – Team Up
Often the best ways to begin walking in our calling is to find a person or group that is already doing something similar to what God is calling us to do, then team up with that group.
One of the mistakes I’ve seen people make over the years is that they’ll hear the word of the Lord about a calling, but then they’ll move too fast and attempt to “launch” their calling right away.
Because they launched without being fully prepared, the ministry faltered. Some even abandoned their calling, thinking that they missed God.
They didn’t miss God, they simply moved ahead of God.
I’ve learned that while God sometimes works quickly, more often than not the path to our calling involves a season of preparation. John the Baptist spent years in the desert before God called him to start preaching about the Messiah.
And one of the best way’s to prepare for a calling is to find others who are already doing what we feel called to do, and join forces with them.
Teaming up with others has benefits:
- There are already systems and processes in place, so you can start ministering right away.
- You’ll be able to learn what works, and what doesn’t work.
- You’ll get a change to experience walking in your calling, and it can help confirm if it’s really what God has for you.
- You’ll have an opportunity to develop a mentor relationship, someone who can teach and train you in that particular ministry.
One last important note on teaming up: I believe when you’re launching out into your calling, its important to place yourself under the spiritual covering and accountability of your pastor.
We all need accountability- we need people who will speak wisdom and truth into our lives. If your pastor is kingdom minded, he’ll be willing to meet with you regularly to guide you on your path.
Tomorrow we’ll cover the last two pieces of finding your calling; Focus, and Sacrifice.
We can change the world, one life at a time…