Romans 8:28 – 30
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And having called them, he gave them right standing with himself. And having given them right standing, he gave them his glory.
Ok, I know walking into your calling is hard.
How do I know? Well I struggle with walking into my calling every single day. There are so many distractions. They come in so many different forms, which makes them very difficult to recognize. I typically don’t recognize them because they come in the form of something I love, like my gym time, my boyfriend, or my “me” time.
One of the main questions I’ve dealt with was how can I walk into my calling without being talked about or criticized? Can this be done? What I’ve realized is …. well…. it can’t be done. There is no way to walk into what Christ has called you to do without being talked about and criticized. This is probably the scariest thing for me and hard to admit. I mean how can a grown woman actually worry about being talked about. Well let’s dig a little deeper. Most adults are not afraid of “strangers” talking about them. I honestly could care less about strangers feelings towards me. The criticism that hurts the most comes from those who love us. Those who are supposed to be on our side in support of our calling. That criticism is the criticism most are afraid of. Including myself.
How can you tell someone, I’ve been called into ministry. Ministry is more than simply preaching. What happens when you were raised under the notion “women can’t preach” or “women should not stand in a pulpit” or “women should sit down and let men run the church”? How do you stand up and say well I’ve been called to be active in ministry?
The Holy Spirit convicts me daily if I’m not walking into my calling.
The Holy Spirit convicts me daily if I’m not walking into my calling. How do you tell the person you love the most that you know without a doubt God has called you for greater than this basic human vessel you were born into? He has so much more. Easy…… just do it! It’s easy for someone to say you shouldn’t do this or that. It’s harder for them to say it when they see it being done.
God has given me the ability to speak with impact. He has given me the ability to communicate to those who are hard to reach. He has given me discernment. He has given me understanding. He breaks down scripture in a way that should be shared with more than just myself. What has He given you. I know He has given you so much! The Holy Spirit expects us to not only learn from his teachings, but to spread that information to others who may not have the same understanding of His Word.
Yes, walking into your calling is hard. Criticism hurts. But there’s another fear that we often forget about. The fear of failure.
What happens if I go into this thing and I absolutely suck? What happens if I stutter the first time I speak? What happens if my message isn’t clear? What happens if it’s not received? Others might ask, what happens if I write my book and no one reads it? What happens if I sing and I hit a wrong note? What happens if I design my gown and they hate it? Anytime similar fears pop into your head I want you to quickly realize your design / your book / your song / your speech / your calling may not be for everybody. I’ve come to the realization that I’m not everyones cup of tea….and that’s ok.
I’ve come to the realization that I’m not everyones cup of tea….and that’s ok.
If you are chosen to speak in front of 50 people and only one soul receives the message, then you have done your job. That one soul is the soul that was meant to be reached. God can place you in a crowd of 1,000 people with the purpose of you reaching one who is closest to the edge. God loves us so much! Because at one point in our life we were each that “one”. Each time one of those fears pops into my head, I just have to remind myself I was once that “one”. Reach one, teach one. But you can’t do any of that if you sit still.
There’s a reason why my motto says “walk into your calling” instead of “sit into your calling”. There must be action behind our steps. Yes, the Holy Spirit will tell you what to do and when to move……….but you have to move! You can’t sit still and expect to accomplish anything. So I beg those who are just like me to GET UP! WAKE UP! and WALK! Better yet, RUN! Run into what God has called you to do. If you are still searching ask the Holy Spirit to direct your paths. Ask Him to tell you exactly what He wants you to do. And He will do just that. BUT the key is to believe Him when he says it. Our faith must be strong, our character must be strong, and our vision must align with his.
“Lord, please don’t let me distort your vision to match mine. Your vision is so much greater! I want to walk into my calling. Please give me the strength I need to walk into your calling. You know exactly what I need to bring everything into fruition. I thank you for guiding me and I request that the Holy Spirit continues to fill me up daily and guide me into what is right and lead me into what you have called me to do.”