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How do I know what God is calling me to do?
“I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do.”
After Jesus told His disciples that He would soon be leaving them, He prayed.
He explained to them what would happen so they would not be surprised and experience turmoil at His departure.
He wanted them to understand in advance, so they would not be shocked at the events that were about to happen.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
We are kind of like the disciples, aren’t we?
When we are prepared in advance, we can usually cope with things a little better.
When we experience the peace from Jesus, we can handle things even better.
It doesn’t mean that we would choose, or even like what is going to happen (or is happening), but we are given an unusual peace that helps us to manage through it.
This peace from the Lord shows the kind of love He has for His true followers and worshippers.
Back to the prayer of Jesus.
He told the Father that He had ‘brought Him glory’.
How? By ‘finishing the work’ God gave Him to do.
If we are followers of Christ, then we would have to assume that God gives each of us work to do as well.If we are followers of Christ, then we would have to assume that God gives each of us work to do as well.CLICK TO TWEET
Look what Paul said in his second letter to Timothy.
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race,
I have kept the faith.
(2 Timothy 4:7)
He said he had ‘finished the race’, implying that he had completed the path God created for him.
Paul felt that he had ‘finished the work’ given to Him by the Lord.
Whenever we receive salvation from God, it is not the end of our journey, but the beginning. At the proper time, He will give each of us specific areas where He wants us to ‘work’ in order to bring Him glory.
It may not be an area of our choosing and it might take us out of our comfort zone. However, if we are committed to following Him, we will step out on faith and confidence that whatever He asks us to do, He will equip us with what we need to be effective.It may not be an area of our choosing and it might take us out of our comfort zone.CLICK TO TWEET
It may require a change in our lifestyle and habits, but when we realize we are ‘bringing Him glory’, we can experience a new level of fellowship with Him.
Not only that, but we will discover a new and worthy purpose for living!
So, how do I know what God is specifically calling me to do?
Knowing He has uniquely gifted you, equipped you, and created you with purpose, I’d like to suggest a few things you can do to better understand His calling.
First, surrender your life completely to Him.
Give Him everything.
Hold nothing back.
Pray the prayer of Jesus in Luke 22:42, “Not my will, but yours be done.”
Second, spend time in His Word daily.
Open the Bible and begin to read it, study it, reflect on it, and learn it.
If you aren’t sure where to start, you can begin reading one chapter in Proverbs. For example, today is the 26th day of the month. Read the 26th chapter in Proverbs.
Time in the Bible makes you wise. It gives you clarity and understanding. I can’t always explain it, but I can assure you that God will speak to you through His Word.Time in the Bible makes you wise. It gives you clarity and understanding.CLICK TO TWEET
Third, take time to pray about your calling.
Prayer is talking to God. It’s taking your cares to the Creator of this universe and talking them over with Him.
As you are seeking His will for your life, talk to Him. It may help to write down some of your thoughts and prayers in a journal.
If it helps, talk out loud.