5 Clues to Your Calling

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Are you worried that you don’t know what your calling is yet?

You may have been a believer for 20 minutes, or you may have been a believer for 60 years – but if you haven’t discovered your purpose or stepped into your calling yet, I’m willing to bet that you’re feeling unfulfilled in life.

I’ve had SO many people tell me that they wish they could work out what God has called them to do with their life – so I thought it might be useful for us to spend some time going through five different clues as to what your calling might be.

Make sure you stick around right until the end, because I’m going to go through some important information about confirming your calling once we’ve been through the five clues.

So the first clue to your calling might be dreams that you’ve had, including dreams from your childhood.

Now these dreams aren’t just ordinary dreams, when it’s a calling-related dream you will not only remember it when you wake up, but there will be something significant about it that hangs around in your thoughts.

It’s important to realize that your calling-related dreams might not give you the complete scenario of your future, they might be snippets or they might be totally abstract.

One of my favorite bible stories is the story of Joseph from Genesis chapters 37 to 50.

You might remember that as a teenager, Joseph has two dreams about his future. In one dream, Joseph and his brothers are out tying up bundles of grain, and suddenly Joseph’s bundle stands up and all the others gather around and bow low before it.

In another one of Joseph’s dreams, he sees the sun, the moon and eleven stars bowing down to him.

These dreams are clearly in the abstract category – which means that they are intended more as an encouragement for Joseph as he endures the trials that come his way over the coming years.

They don’t give Joseph a plan of action or a direction as to what he should do next – although you could argue that Joseph’s bragging about the dreams was the final straw for his brothers and caused them to hatch the plot to get rid of him that set everything in motion.

Joseph didn’t see himself in Egypt, he didn’t see his time in prison, and he didn’t see his future role in the dream – just the end result.

By contrast, God sometimes gives us very specific dreams that give us a firm direction to take, or a locality to position ourselves.

A few years ago I had a dream that I wrote a worship song, and I also remember waking up and thinking that it was a pretty funny concept.

I was in my church’s worship team at the time, but I definitely hadn’t ever considered writing songs.

Three days later, and the words and music to a worship song suddenly popped into my head, so I wrote them down and shared them with the worship team.

That was the first song I wrote – and there are more than a dozen more of them that followed.

If I hadn’t had the dream, I wouldn’t have known that the words and music that suddenly started flowing through me were meant to be used as a worship song.

You might have dreamed that you worked in an orphanage, or that you lived in France.

Either way, it’s a sizeable clue to your calling.

The second clue to your calling is found in the giftings that God has given you.

Each one of us has been given a set of giftings, or talents, that we’ll need to use as we step into our purpose.

God didn’t give us those gifts so that we can do cool stuff and show off – he gave us those gifts so we can use them as we co-labor in kingdom building, so that we can give Glory to God and for the equipping of the Saints.

He didn’t give you that dancing gift so you could be the center of attention, although you probably will be when you use your gift as he intended.

He didn’t give you that amazing singing voice so you could be a pop star, although you might be when you use your gift as he intended.

He didn’t give you that mathematical ability so you could ace every test in high school, although you may well have done that.

He didn’t give you that organizational talent so that you can have a tidy bedroom, although I’m willing to bet that your bookshelf is always going to be quite orderly and neatly arranged.

And in my case, he didn’t give me the gift of being able to take complex information and communicate it in a way that makes sense so that I could use my skills to help dig up precious metals in the outback – although they came in quite handy for that purpose.

God has equipped us specifically for the plan he created in advance for us. Romans chapter 11 verse 29 tells us that those gifts AND our calling are irrevocable.

That’s why our gifts can be a clue to our purpose – because while they’ll develop and improve as we focus on them, they’re not going to change into something different as we age and they’re VERY closely linked.

There are a whole pile of online gift assessment tools out there – and many of them are free to complete – so even if you haven’t got a clue what your gifts might be – they’re a pretty good starting point.

Another way to find out what your gifts might be is to ask the people who know you well what they think your gifts may be.

They’ll probably give you a heap of insight that isn’t clouded by the way you think about yourself.

The third clue to your calling are the desires of your heart.

Psalm 37 verse 4 promises that if we delight ourselves in the Lord, he will give us the desires of our heart, which, spoiler alert: are very likely to be closely related to our purpose.

That makes sense, really, because a great way to encourage us to walk in our calling is to plant the desire to do that deep within us.

If you’d asked me 5 years ago, I would have told you that I find this clue to be quite tricky – because I’m the sort of person who has always had trouble narrowing down what I want to do – and that’s because I seem to have so many options.

But for many of you – there’s something you’ve just LOVED doing ever since you were a little kid.

All you’ve ever wanted to do is to dance, to paint, to sing, to play an instrument, or to program a computer.

When you’re doing this particular activity – the hours zoom past like a blur. It feels like the most natural thing in the world to do.

It feels effortless, like you were made to do this. And you’re freakishly talented at whatever it is.

Other people notice too. Recently, I’ve noticed that I get this feeling while I’m preaching or leading a bible study.

It’s like I slot into a supernatural zone and everything just hums.

The feeling is like nothing I can describe, but I know that it’s easy, light and I want to do more of it.

It energizes me.

One of my friends is like ‘you’ve got that look in your eye again, and I know whatever comes out of your mouth is going to be amazing’.

Alright, the fourth clue to your calling is found in the voices of prophets.

The prophet Samuel showed up and anointed Saul as the first king of Israel.

When David was just a scrawny shepherd boy, Samuel showed up at his father’s house and anointed David too as a future king.

The prophet Elijah showed up and placed his mantle on Elisha.

In the same way, God may have hinted at your calling in the prophetic words that have been spoken over you over the years.

If you haven’t been writing that stuff down as it happens, or otherwise keeping a record of the words spoken over you – then now is the time to start!

The fifth clue to your calling, although to be honest, this one is far more than just a clue – is when God speaks to you directly and asks you to do something, or when he sends an Angel with a message for you.

We’re talking Moses and the burning bush level instruction here.

God spoke to Adam and Eve in the garden, he told them what he wanted them to do.

God spoke to Ezekiel.

He spoke to Jonah.

He spoke to Isaiah.

He spoke to Abraham.

He spoke to Zechariah.

He spoke to Mary.

He spoke to Noah.

He gave them messages to pass on, he gave them specific instructions as to what he wanted them to do.

If you hear God speak, or if you hear the Holy Spirit speak, or an Angel shows up and they tell you to do something, then it’s obviously more than just a clue – and you need to stop questioning things and just get on with it!

So we’ve just been through five different possible clues to your calling – your dreams, your gifts, the desires of your heart, prophetic voices and the voice of God – and it’s really important to realize that this isn’t an exhaustive list.

You might be able to identify one or more of these clues in your own situation or you might not be able to identify any of them.

Either way, the most crucial step in the process is to confirm your calling.

God is not expecting us to completely upend our lives on the basis of an abstract dream, or a prophetic word that was spoken over us once.

God’s going to provide you with confirmation so that you KNOW for sure that it is God calling you, and not just a human whim or fantasy.

The confirmation might also be in the form of a different clue, but the key is to seek God through prayer and ask him for confirmation.

Remember that the Holy Spirit is a gentleman and he’ll never impose himself, or God’s plan on you.

But if you ask, he’ll answer!

One thing is for certain – whether you know what it is or not, you DO have a calling and you HAVE been given the gifts you need to walk in it.

Until next time, blue skies!

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