LifeOct 01, 2018 by Relevant Magazine
Conversations between Christians are often about your calling. People are wondering if you've found your calling yet and what it is. But it can be difficult to know if you're calling is really from God. That's what this post of Relevant Magazine by Abigail Folds is about.
I used to dread questions like, “Have you found your calling yet?” or “What’s your calling in life?” because I felt like a failure for having to answer, “I’m not sure.” As an older teen and college student, I felt so much pressure to figure out what God wanted me to do with the rest of my life. It seemed everyone expected me to have my entire life mapped out before college graduation.
The topic of calling is such a popular one in Christian circles, yet it can bring so much fear and frustration for those of us who don’t “have it all figured out yet”. Christians usually limit the definition of calling to mean a career or a commitment to be a missionary or in the ministry. What I wish I’d known when I was younger is that the idea of God’s calling is actually much broader than just those two areas and discerning His calling doesn’t have to be as intimidating as it seems.
1. A calling from God will never contradict Scripture
This one may seem obvious, but it can be surprisingly easy for us to give in to a desire that doesn’t match how Scripture calls us to live. If the thing you’re feeling called to is causing you to sin, it isn’t from God. God’s callings for us will always draw us closer to Him, not pull us away from Him. (2 Corinthians 10:4-6, 2 Timothy 3:16-17)
2. A calling from God will always be accompanied by His peace, as well as anything else we need
Sometimes God will ask us to do something big or scary, and while we may feel afraid, our fears will be met by God’s overwhelming grace and peace to do whatever it is He’s asking us to do. He will also never call us to something without also equipping us to do the thing He’s asking us to do. (Matthew 11:28-30, Philippians 4:7)
3. A calling from God will often be accompanied by confirmation
Many times God will confirm what He’s asking us to do through situations and even through other people. If you’re unsure about a potential calling in your life right now, ask God to make it clear to you by sending you some sort of confirmation. He doesn’t want you to be confused, so don’t hesitate to ask Him for wisdom. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-21, James 1:5)
4. A calling from God will always result in His being glorified
While our callings can and often do benefit us, whether by growing us or by blessing us, ultimately any God-given calling will point back to Him. If your calling seems to be all about your happiness and success with no thought, thanks, or credit being given to God, it probably isn’t from Him. (1 Corinthians 10:31, 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12)
At the end of the day, the most important thing to remember when figuring out your calling is obedience to God. If you’re seeking His will with an obedient heart, He will make it clear to you, and when He makes it clear, I encourage you to do whatever He’s calling you to do right away.
The sooner we obey, the sooner He can start working things out for His ultimate glory and our ultimate good.
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