Stop thinking of your calling as a suggestion, but a commandment of God. “For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable [for He does not withdraw what He has given, nor does He change His mind about those to whom He gives His grace or to whom He sends His call].” (Romans 11:29 AMP).
In whatever God has called you to, walk in it. Be faithful in what He has called you to do. When the seasons change, so must you, so trust Him in the process. He knows all that is ahead, and you can trust Him where He is leading you. Go where He takes you, and you’ll never go wrong.
Don’t let imaginary deadlines prevent you from seeking the leading of the Lord. “The holy God of Israel, the Lord who saves you, says: ‘I am the Lord your God, the one who wants to teach you for your own good and direct you in the way you should go.’” (Isaiah 48:17 GNT).
Very early in my faith, God whispered into my heart what I would do for Him. I heard the calling, and I knew that I would someday write for Him. And then the journey began. It would be some twenty years later before I published something. Don’t rush God, and know that He is preparing you along the way.
Consider what you squander when you don’t wait on the Lord. “But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31 NKJV).
Sometimes I see those that teach on such a higher level and consider myself so far beneath them. But I know that the college professor would never have a student if it weren’t for that elementary teacher who laid the foundation. Don’t worry about what your assignment is but only that you’re doing it.
If God has called you to something, do it. “…Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14 NKJV).
Don’t consider your calling as a single mission but a lifelong journey. There will be many seasons and obstacles in your travels, and rarely will things go as you expect them to. Learn to let the unknown excite you as the adventure unfolds before you. Let God surprise you with His blessings and with His lessons.
The question is never if He is calling you, but will you listen? You only need to say, “yes, Lord,” and then the adventure will begin. “Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?’ Then I said, ‘Here am I! Send me’” (Isaiah 6:8 NKJV).
There are going to be failures in your calling. There are going to be setbacks and disappointments that will cause you to question the path that you’re on. Press on knowing that it is in the difficult circumstances that God is producing your character. Don’t give up to anything but God.
Even in your mistakes, God can use you for His glory. “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28 NKJV).
One of the greatest shocks when I entered ministry is how cruel and conceited some of the people in ministry were. You need to get past the naivety of your soul and into the reality here on earth. God never promised you things will easy, but that He will be with you.
Do not focus on the people who come against you, but the God who goes before you. “And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed” (Deuteronomy 31:8 NKJV).
Sometimes the proof of your calling will be the crushing of your soul. The greater the call, the greater the hammer must fall. God can’t use your pride for the kingdom, so be sure He will rip it out of you before using you to greater degrees. Until your humility is complete, be prepared to suffer more.
So long as you think something is beneath you, your pride is a hindrance to the Lord. Jesus modeled humility for us, teaching, “If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet” (John 13:14 NKJV).
Too many want a calling that will please their flesh and increase their position in the world. The devil will step in to help such a person as this. But if want to righteously walk in your calling from God, then you cannot please your flesh, but only die to it. Kingdom purposes serve God, not you.
You cannot be the Christian without the cross. “Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘If you truly want to follow me, you should at once completely reject and disown your own life. And you must be willing to share my cross and experience it as your own, as you continually surrender to my ways.’” (Matthew 16:24 TPT).
God will rarely show a person the long-range plan for their calling because their heart would fail when they saw it. Stop worrying about what lies ahead and be thankful for things He does not show you. Trust Him one step at a time and know that He is always with you.
Trust the Lord more than your instincts. “Trust in and rely confidently on the Lord with all your heart…” (Proverbs 3:5 AMP).
If God calls you to something, walk in it. Don’t envy another or seek to be something different. Once God gives you an assignment, your only job is to complete it. You don’t have to worry about what value you might bring to the kingdom. God’s plans are perfect, and you must be content to follow them.
Blessings to you,