Many people struggle with finding their purpose and calling.
They also find it challenging to determine the difference between their occupation while serving God’s purpose.
Is there any chance that your occupation and your desire to serve God are the same? I say yes.
A lot of folks separate their spiritual life and their natural life. Separating your spiritual life and natural life is similar to trying to separate a mother from a child. It just shouldn’t happen.
As Christian, our priority is to live for Christ and unashamedly share our faith with others. And yes, you’re calling, and your job can be one thing.
So, let’s discover some ways to define and find your calling.
Define your passions and desires
Extraordinary things never mean a fulfilled life. A super job never makes for a zenith life. When you do what you love, you never work a day in your life.
We must relentlessly pursue our passions. The original question of what you would do if money were not an object is on-point. Answer it.
But the answer may not be the answer. If you desire to serve others, then a pizza parlor would work. And maybe you do not like pizza. So, we must link the big picture of serving others with the product or people we desire to serve.
Desire is more significant than a dream. Desire brings the dream down to action steps and reality. In other words, it connects to our hearts.
So, defining your calling is more about your heart than your head.
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Keep your mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips. Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil (Proverbs 4:23-25, NIV)
Discover your skillset
Working within your skillset brings personal fulfillment. Knowing our skillset will assist us in discovering our God-unique purpose.
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:10, NKJV)
God works at the intersection of our gifts and passions. Where do your skills meet your passions? That is the point of discovering God’s purpose.
Discount your deficits
Everyone has weaknesses. A common misnomer is that we should strengthen our weaknesses. This is not the best advice. We should place our focus on improving our strengths.
So, do not make the mistake of constantly trying to improve your weaknesses. Yes, strengthen your weaknesses, but do not make your weaknesses your focus.
Do not over-purge mentally on your weakest gifts or skills. Mastery occurs when you develop your God-given innate strengths and improve your weak areas.
Ditch the haters
There are haters everywhere. The haters of our time are committed to their hate. Cancel culture is a massive part of the “hate family.” Do not fall prey to giving haters your attention. Haters hate. That is what they do.
Love your enemies and keep moving forward. The goals of haters are similar to terrorists. They desire to keep you distracted and focused on the wrong things and shame you for your opinions and religious beliefs.
Haters try and convince us of our wrongs, deflate our confidence, and distract us from our best future. Stand in what you believe and skip offending others, and don’t get offended.
When evil things are said about us, we give gentle answers: we are made as to the unclean things of the world, as that for which no one has any use, even till now. (I Corinthians 4:13, BBE)
Others can steal your purpose if you allow it.
Dedicate to continual learning
The continual learner is the future leader. We live in times where continual learning is paramount. The world is changing at a record pace, and new information is immeasurable.
Failure to learn will limit your opportunities and your measure of impact. If God has assigned you to high places, you must learn in high volumes.
What you do not know will limit you. God orders your purpose, and you must prepare for where God is taking you. We must keep moving forward and press forward to the things in front of us.
When we keep learning, our purpose and calling will find us.
Discover the Holy Spirit
As a body of people, we need more training about the Holy Spirit.
Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant.” (I Corinthians 12:1, NKJV)
Notice the word “spiritual” in the verse above. It is the word “Pnuema” in Greek. It means “spirit.” So, the verse can mean; Paul did not want us ignorant about the Spirit of God.
Is most of the church today unlearned about the Holy Spirit? Yes, we are.
Jesus said, “But now I go away to Him who sent Me, and none of you asks Me, ‘Where are You going?’ But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. (John 16:5–7,NKJV)
If Jesus sent the Holy Spirit, we should receive Him. Right?
“Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” So they said to him, “We have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit.” (Acts 19:2, NKJV)
Did you see it? “We have not heard there is a Holy Spirit. Did you know there is a Holy Spirt sent from Jesus?
Discovering the Holy Spirit is a huge key in unlocking your passions and finding your calling. You can receive the Holy Spirit and here is how.
If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” (Luke 11:13, NKJV)
Finding your purpose and calling is vital to your spiritual wellness and your personal satisfaction.
I pray this inspires you to begin that journey.
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