3 Life-Changing ways to Step Into your Calling

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I was talking to someone the other day who was worried that they might have missed their calling because they were getting older.

When you think about it, your local cemetery is one of the richest places around. Just imagine all the ideas that never got written down anywhere, the businesses that were never quite started, the products that were never quite made, the projects that were left unfinished (or even un-started) and the ideas for books that never got written and so died with the person who dreamed up the idea but never quite got around to bringing it to life.

There is an absolute fortune buried in every cemetery of ideas that never came to pass. The fact remains, a lot of people totally miss their calling.

Whether it’s because they’re distracted by life, children, work or any of the other stuff that crowds our lives, or because they’ve never really understood what their actual calling WAS – there are plenty of people who use their gifts and talents as a part of their regular lives, but never get around to applying their gifts to their calling.

It horrifies me now to think about it, but I was almost in that category of people who never use their gifts in the way that God intended them to be used.

I’ve always been really good at looking at complex sets of information, understanding what is going on, and then communicating what is going on to the people who need to know in a way that they can understand and that helps them to make decisions.

When I worked in the mining industry, it was about interpreting the geology and the geotechnical properties of the ground that was being mined.

When I worked in contaminated land assessment and remediation it was about understanding the ground conditions of a particular site, and then how different types of contamination were moving through the soil and groundwater.

When I worked in environmental management it was about understanding the legal compliance requirements as well as the mining operational needs and then making sure that the people onsite understood how those two things worked together.

Then, I found myself at Bible College with the ability to research and write whole essays in a lot less time than many of my friends.

You see, I’d never realized that other people, even people who are already in ministry, don’t find it as easy to do that as I do.

And I’m confident that God didn’t give me this particular gift to help with the mining of lead, zinc and silver in outback Queensland – or with the management of contaminated sites in Victoria, or with the mining operations of Western Australia.

As soon as I started using my gifts in line with my calling to pastor, for helping the Holy Spirit to show people what the bible says about all kinds of things – people started getting really excited about what I was showing them.

It doesn’t matter whether your gift is in teaching, or whether it’s in creative dance, or singing, or prophecy, in designing buildings, in managing groups of people or in adding up numbers well – the gifts God has given you weren’t intended to be used solely for your personal benefit or to give you a career within the world – they were given to you for the benefit of the body of Christ – for the building of the kingdom.

It doesn’t matter how old you are – whether you’re 20 years old or 80 years old – if you are still breathing, it is not too late for you to step into your calling.

Romans chapter 11 verse 29 says that God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable.

That means that the gifts that God has given you and the calling in which he hopes that you will use those gifts can never be withdrawn.

And notice this… it doesn’t say that your calling won’t be revoked, or that your calling shouldn’t be revoked. It says it is irrevocable.

It can’t be revoked. That means that you’ve had your gifts from before you were born, and the gifts you had as a child – while they will mature if they’re used and nurtured – they won’t be swapped out for different gifts.

If you’re watching this and thinking… that’s well and good for people who understand their calling and know what their gifts are, but what if I don’t know what I’m called to do?

2 Peter 1:10 says we should make every effort to confirm our calling and election – so this is your first step.

Pray and ask God to show you what it is that he has called to do.

The next thing to do is think back, sometimes it’s all the way back to your childhood, over dreams that you’ve had about your future.

Because sometimes God gives us dreams or visions, or in some cases prophecies about what our future holds – but we don’t realize at the time that we are meant to take these things seriously.

The third thing that I suggest you do if you’re not sure about your calling, is to get into Scripture.

When I was called to pastor, I was at a conference and actually in the process of seeking God about whether I should serve in the worship team or the children’s ministry at my church.

Then, someone read out Ephesians 4:11 from the stage – “Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers” and every time I heard the word ‘pastor’ spoken from that moment and for the rest of the conference, the only way I can describe it was like a light exploded in my chest.

Interestingly, I get exactly the same sensation when I preach – and there is zero doubt in my mind about what it is that I am called to do.

I can only echo the sentiment of the Apostle Paul in Ephesians chapter 4 verse 1 when he begs you to lead a life worthy of your calling.

You have been called by God, and he has gifted you uniquely and completely so that even from the day you were born, you were already equipped to walk in that calling – you just needed to choose to do it.

And once you’ve chosen to walk in your calling, it’s about taking one step at a time, and following the promptings of the Holy Spirit.

Until next time,

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