Do you know what your calling is? What did the Lord form you and call you for?
It is important as Christians to know this, because God counts on us. Your calling won’t do anything for you if you don’t say “yes” to it.
God does not suggest
“He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time.”2 Timothy 1:9
It all starts with understanding that your calling is not a suggestion from God.
It’s not like your life is a suggestion box, where God puts little slips of what He thinks could be better.
We need to begin to understand the voice of God as a duty. Not that duty that tires us and is a boring obligation. But listening with obedience and devotion. When our obedience is activated, so are God’s graces and blessings in our lives. And it is through our calling that many of them are poured out on us.
Obedience is faith
“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.“James 1:22
I believe the hardest part of starting to really obey God is trust.
Faith is linked to a hope about what we cannot see with our eyes. And this lack of palpable vision often frightens us. When something isn’t right in front of us, we can’t see it perfectly, so delivering and trusting becomes more difficult. And God knows this difficulty that our human heart has.
He won’t condemn you for it. The problem is when our fear exceeds our awe.
He has already promised, doubt does not need to exist because He is faithful to fulfill and do infinitely more!
Your wish is an order
“Oh, that their hearts would be inclined to fear me and keep all my commands always, so that it might go well with them and their children forever!“Deuteronomy 5:29
We are beings with feelings. Fear, doubt, feeling anxious, euphoric, is part of and normal. On a daily basis, we oscillate between these feelings as situations unfold.
This only becomes a burden when we let ourselves be controlled by these feelings. When anxiety stops us, when joy takes away our reason, when fear makes us make a different decision.
When we are faced with these feelings we need to hear the voice of God and that voice needs to be a duty for us to follow. Duty must be our calling. Regardless of the fear that appears when we hear this call, fear and respect for him and for what God says must be greater than anything else.
Our obedience to God needs to carry faith, delivery, devotion, love. And when it all becomes just God’s suggestion, we feel lost.
Listen to the call and understand it as a duty. Your obedience needs to be greater than your fear.