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God calls each person, 1) To know Him and 2) to make Him known. God has also gifted all people in specific ways that are supportive of how He would use us to make Him known. These specifics could be referred to as “calling”. The matter of “calling” is typically a pressing issue for all believers and non-believers at some point in one’s life. For more content concerning our ultimate calling read https://doylevan.wordpress.com/2012/10/24/the-specifics-of-gods-will-for-my-life/.
There are times, however, that despite an understanding of your purpose and calling these matters become questionable and even doubtable. How does one respond in a time like this? What keeps a person driven, intentional, and unmoved from their God-given calling? God once pressed a question upon my heart that also revealed a key to moving forward despite doubt or insecurity. The question: “If you lack boldness to speak your calling, how will you ever have the courage to walk in it?”
His point I believe is that if we are too fearful to speak what God has called us to, probably more accurately, to hear ourselves say what we believe, how will we ever be able to actually live out the calling?
When something moves from the inside to the outside it becomes exposed. It is revealed. This can be startling because when our thoughts, dreams, or beliefs move from being internal to verbal one is opening the door to accountability. It is much easier to keep your mouth closed. However, accountability is foundational to long-term success, no matter the mission.
Before you decide to grab a megaphone and tell the whole world the secrets of your heart keep in mind the following principles:
1. Speak the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.
In other words, don’t feed yourself a line of bologna. If you ask me bologna never tastes good, it’s the lowest form of lunchmeats. Living a lie is the lowest form of living.
When it comes to your calling don’t exaggerate. Answering the call of God will typically not require one to change their personality, interests, or gifting’s. What I mean is be you at all costs. While the calling will mean that one’s character and the practical use of their gifting will need improving, continually, it will not demand that you be someone you’re not.
Sometimes we would rather walk in another’s shoes. They seem more exciting and look cooler. The only problem is the shoe might not fit you.
Live out your calling.
Speak your convictions, what you know to be truth within your heart of hearts. Nothing could be more uncomfortable than trying to live out something contrary to what is within.
Psalm 86:11 (NIV) Teach me your way, O LORD, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.
2. Don’t trust yourself.
If your heart desires God then your heart desires what He wants.
Romans 8:5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.
If your passion is to live out what God wants (the things of the Spirit) then you can rest assured that the calling(s) that you feel impressed to speak about are placed there by God for you to live out (live according to the Spirit).
This is why God tells us to commit our ways to Him:
Psalm 37:5-6 Commit your way to the LORD, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass. He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.
Measure the weight of Gods promise in this scripture. God said that if we commit our ways to Him He will bring it to pass. This should take the pressure off of our shoulders. God has made Himself accountable… to Himself, and really, who better?
Look at the example between God and Abraham.
Hebrews 6:13-15 For when God made a promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, saying, “Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you.” And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.
It is like a guaranteed guarantee. Human guarantees are based on circumstance and the words in fine print. God is not like you and I.
He does not say one thing and then do another.
I once entered a car dealership because there was a guy holding a sign that said “BLOWOUT DEALS”. I naturally expected to see at least a few good deals. The salesman came out to greet us and I asked him, “Where are all the deals?” He then answered, “Deals? That is just a sign.”
I was a little ticked.
God is not like this. He does not offer promises to us and then back out saying, “Well, that was just a promotional stunt.”
If God gives us a calling He will certainly help us to walk in it successfully. He only asks that we commit our ways to Him.
Don’t trust yourself. Trust God.
3. Realize, at times you only need to speak loud enough for yourself to hear.
There is definitely a time and a place to share with the right people what you believe God has placed in your heart to do or say. That time will come and when it does we should be ready to share.
However, there are times if we were to share with everyone our dreams or plans we would more than likely be laughed at, looked down upon, and even called foolish.
It can be hard enough to take your own eyes off of the surrounding circumstances, you certainly do not need any added unbelief and doubt from friends, family, and peers.
In those moments, like David, we only need to know what God has said, and to remind ourselves of it.
1 Samuel 30:3-6 So David and his men came to the city, and there it was, burned with fire; and their wives, their sons, and their daughters had been taken captive. Then David and the people who were with him lifted up their voices and wept, until they had no more power to weep. And David’s two wives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the widow of Nabal the Carmelite, had been taken captive. Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the LORD his God.
Imagine standing alone, realizing that you have lost everything to the enemy and yet the calling to become king is still inside of you. What once may have been a blazing fire in David’s heart at this point may have only been a burning ember struggling to keep its flame.
If you have tended a fire then you know when a flame reaches this point special care is to be given. Too much at one time will suffocate the flame and cause it to go out.
David could have stood up at this point and began to shout in the face of those following him, “I AM STILL GOING TO BE KING! KEEP FOLLOWING ME!!!
The people may very well have killed him. The flame would be suffocated.
David took special care; He tended the fire and gave it exactly what it needed: He strengthened (encouraged) himself in the Lord his God.
David spoke just loud enough for himself to hear.
Wherever you are concerning your calling may determine who you speak to and how loud you say it, nevertheless the fulfillment of your calling is dependent upon your willingness to speak up whether you need to hear it or someone else.
If you made a list of all the things you do would you have an easier time answering how you do those things than WHY you do those things?
Routine will suck the life out of you but purpose will drive you through the mundane moments that all tasks hold. If you know WHY you are doing what you do it will lighten the load of what you are doing.
Imagine stepping into a warehouse for your first day on the job, the supervisor takes you to your station and gives you the job of putting sliced turkey in between two pieces of sliced bread and then leaves you to do your work. Sandwich after sandwich is made, to the point of exhaustion. Eight hours end, you clock out, go to sleep, wake up and do it all over again. After your first week you are quite certain that you MUST find a new job. You set up an appointment with your supervisor and give him your two weeks’ notice. While exiting the parking lot for the last time you notice a long line of sickly looking children that wraps around the building. You also see that they are being handed sandwiches.
Does this change things?
This simple story illustrates two things:
1) It is important to know WHY we do what we do.
2) As leaders it is monumental to share WHY we do what we do.
Methods build robots. Inspiration (answering why) creates passion, life, and purpose.
The answer to WHY, no matter what one is doing, is the reason for what is done or not. In other words, the what and how should always be generated by the answer to WHY.
As Christian, if not careful, we can become quick to tell people what to do and how to do it. This will seldom have the impact of if they understood WHY. “This is what you need to do to be closer to God and this is how you do it.”
As leaders serving in ministries, it can be easier to show a new member of our team what to do and how to do it and then quickly move on to the next task. Never taking the time to explain WHY we are doing what we do. There are people starving (both physically and spiritually).
No matter where you serve or what your role there is always a reason. Don’t lose sight of it.
HOW TO BECOME A LEADER WHO SHARES THE ANSWER TO WHY
1. Evaluate and change the way you think.
THINKING >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> DESTINY
When you wake up do you think the “how” and “what” or the “WHY”? Answering WHY will motivate you through the how and what.
Also keep in mind the answer to WHY can expand.
2. Adopt and protect the right model of ministry.
The goal is to develop people in what we believe. Yes training is necessary and proper training at that, but training without purpose will lead to boredom and burn-out.
People do not buy what we do but WHY we do it.
3. Pray without ceasing.
How much of your life is centered in prayer? Is our life inspired by a relationship or by rituals? Time spent with God is a fresh reminder for all situations concerning WHY we do what we do.
1 Thessalonians 5:17
**notes adapted from a leadership session with Tom Lane @tlane1002