Undoubtedly, the apostle Paul was certain about his calling. He began his letters by saying, “Paul, an apostle — not from men . . . but through Jesus Christ” (e.g., Galatians 1:1). Similarly, James, John, and Peter were firm in their jobs as apostles. Peter once proudly asserted, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge, for we cannot but speak of what we heave seen and heard” (Acts 4:19). They knew their calling, and they did it.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to firmly know what God wanted from you? Wouldn’t it be wonderful to know that what you were doing was exactly what you, not someone else, should be doing? Here are a few suggesting that may help you find your calling — and do it!
- Read and meditate on the Word. The Bible is replete with examples of men and women who received a calling from God and lived it out well. Reading and considering these examples will prove helpful.
- Consider your strengths and weaknesses. Too often, we are convinced that we should be working on our weaknesses when, more probably, we should be emphasizing our strengths. Doing this would help you not only determine your calling but also live well within it. Tom Rath’s book Strength Finder 2.0 is helpful. Click here to preview it.
- Welcome outside confirmation. If it’s something that you’re called to do, then they’ll be evidence, unavoidable evidence. Allow trustworthy people to speak into your life and confirm what you believe your calling may be.
Remember: God doesn’t gift where He doesn’t call; and God doesn’t call where He doesn’t provide giftedness. These 2 issues go hand in hand, and consequently provide a clear guide for what your calling may be.