Do you have a “calling” on your life? Have you ever been “called” to do something? Lately, that term has puzzled me. Does God “call” me to let me know what to do or does the idea just pop into my head? Personally, I know I shouldn’t act on everything that pops into my head. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately, too much if you ask my husband, and I’ve wondered what a “calling” is.
Here’s what I’ve come up with. First, there are many things we are commanded to do. “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and with all your strength” Deuteronomy 6:5, “Love your neighbor as yourself” Matthew 19:19 and Luke 9:23, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me”. There are many verses that clearly tell us what we are supposed to do. Those alone could keep me pretty occupied.
The next thing I’ve thought of is that we all have gifts and talents that we’ve been given. As we focus on obeying His commands we naturally develop our gifts and talents and can use them more and more for His glory. To not use our gifts and talents for Him is wasteful and doesn’t help us to draw closer to Him. He wants us to trust with Him with those gifts and talents no matter how scary or uncomfortable that may be.
As we grow and learn new things I think we are drawn to more and more commands that He has for us and we are then able to discern and be open to what He is asking from us. That’s what I’ve been doing lately, be open to what He wants me to do. And guess what? I heard and I am reluctantly obeying. Reluctantly because it’s a new thing that is going to take me way out of my comfort zone. Reluctantly because I have no idea of the full plan and I am such a planner. Reluctantly because He’s asking for long separations from my family and that is not in my nature at all. But as I “put on my big girl, Christ follower pants” I can do this with His help. I want to stand before Him someday and hear that He understood my reluctance and is pleased with my obedience.
If you have no idea where to start, start with what you know. Follow those commands and He’ll show you what’s next. Be open to hearing His voice. If we can’t hear, we can’t obey. Ask and then listen. Spend time with Him and be open to His will not yours. That’s how my new adventure has started. I desired to follow His commands, grow and learn, listen and obey.