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Called? Finding God’s Direction for Your Life

Many people have found it helpful to set aside some time, maybe once a month, to think about where they are going in life. Pray and ask God to direct your thoughts; then write out your answers to questions like these:

What talents, skills, gifts, or abilities are evident in my life?

What tasks or responsibilities bring me the greatest sense of joy and fulfillment?

If I could do only one thing for the rest of my life that would bring glory to God and really help people, what would that be?

The good news is that God gives you talents, abilities, and passions that match the plans He already has prepared for you (Ephesians 2:10). When God made you, He had this all in mind (Psalm 139:13-16) and He wants you to truly enjoy the peace and sense of eternal significance that serving Him will bring.

Here’s the bottom line – All Christ-followers are called to love and serve God.

For most people, that will be worked out in a life of love and integrity serving in a career as a carpenter or engineer, a farmer or lawyer, a teacher or doctor, etc. It’s encouraging to know that you can glorify God in whatever you do (Colossians 3:23).

For some - and maybe for you - they are called to a life of full-time leadership and teaching in a local church or another Christian organization (Ephesians 4:11:12). This calling is evidenced by a growing passion to share the Good News with people who don’t yet know Christ, a desire to know and share God’s Word, and a longing to see the Body of Christ making a difference in our broken world. This calling requires both the internal affirmation of the Holy Spirit and the external confirmation of the Body of Christ.

Are you open to the possibility that God may be leading you to give your life to this unique work of full-time ministry?

God’s Word gives us the ultimate direction and wisdom for our lives. Psalm 119:105 says, “Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” If you are serious about knowing God’s will, you need to get to know God through His Word. Develop a regular habit of reading the Bible, and ask God to guide your thoughts as you reflect on His revealed truth and think about your future.

God does have a great plan for your life! But nothing He designs for you will ever contradict what He has already revealed for all His followers. The better you know His Word (Colossians 3:16), the easier it will be to recognize whether the possibilities you are considering for your future are consistent with what God desires for your life.

If you are trying to find your way, you need to rely on a trustworthy guide. It’s always best to follow someone who knows where they’re going. Not only do we have the written Word of God and the perfect example of Jesus’ life, but we also have the promised Holy Spirit to lead us. Jesus assured his disciples that the Holy Spirit “will guide you into all truth” (John 16:13). When you spend time alone with God and pray, God, the Holy Spirit, will speak to you in your heart and mind. He takes the truth of the Bible and brings it alive in your life so that you can keep in step with Him (Galatians 5:25).

The Holy Spirit gives a sense of inner peace in our hearts when we are on track with God’s plan and a sense of unease when we need to make adjustments or changes in our lives (Colossians 3:15). It is vitally important to develop a spiritual sensitivity to the leading of God’s Holy Spirit. When you obey His leading, you become more sensitive to His direction. When you fail to obey, you will find it harder to sense the path that He wants you to take. Relying on God’s peace in your heart is one of the best ways to know if you are heading in the right direction or if you need a course correction.

God gives different abilities to each of us, as His disciples, for the purpose of helping one another reach our full potential in Christ (Ephesians 4:8-12). You may receive direction from God about His “specific plan” for your life when the Church (the body of Christ) publicly affirms something that the Holy Spirit has already spoken in your heart. As you begin to serve in your areas of gifts and strengths, God reinforces your inner sense of joy and fulfillment with the outward affirmation of other Christians, especially those in leadership, as they recognize and express their support for what you are doing. On the other hand, when you work outside of what God has gifted you to do, you will often sense frustration and a lack of affirmation from your leadership team.

Many people have found it helpful to set aside some time, maybe once a month, to think about where they are going in life. Pray and ask God to direct your thoughts; then write out your answers to questions like these:

What talents, skills, gifts, or abilities are evident in my life?

What tasks or responsibilities bring me the greatest sense of joy and fulfillment?

If I could do only one thing for the rest of my life that would bring glory to God and really help people, what would that be?

The good news is that God gives you talents, abilities, and passions that match the plans He already has prepared for you (Ephesians 2:10). When God made you, He had this all in mind (Psalm 139:13-16) and He wants you to truly enjoy the peace and sense of eternal significance that serving Him will bring.

Here’s the bottom line – All Christ-followers are called to love and serve God.

For most people, that will be worked out in a life of love and integrity serving in a career as a carpenter or engineer, a farmer or lawyer, a teacher or doctor, etc. It’s encouraging to know that you can glorify God in whatever you do (Colossians 3:23).

For some - and maybe for you - they are called to a life of full-time leadership and teaching in a local church or another Christian organization (Ephesians 4:11:12). This calling is evidenced by a growing passion to share the Good News with people who don’t yet know Christ, a desire to know and share God’s Word, and a longing to see the Body of Christ making a difference in our broken world. This calling requires both the internal affirmation of the Holy Spirit and the external confirmation of the Body of Christ.

Are you open to the possibility that God may be leading you to give your life to this unique work of full-time ministry?

As you study God’s Word, listen to His voice, and serve others, you will better understand God’s plan for your life. We would love to help you on that journey. Whether it’s four years of university preparation for your life of ministry or one year to really strengthen your faith and deepen your walk with Christ, we are here to help you discover and follow God’s will.

If you would like to talk more about how God may be leading you, feel free to call us at the Kingswood University Enrolment Office at 1-888-432-4422 or email us at enrolment@kingswood.edu. We are passionate about helping people respond to God’s call and helping them find God’s direction for their life.

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