3 Things to Help You Pursue God's Calling Right Now
Veronica Neffinger wrote her first poem at age seven and went on to study English in college, focusing on 18th century literature. When she is not listening to baseball games, enjoying the outdoors, or reading, she can be found mostly in Richmond, VA writing primarily about nature, nostalgia, faith, family, and Jane Austen.
- 2017 Jan 18
God’s Will and His calling are things Christians are often tempted to overthink. His Will for our lives and what He has called us to often seem like some vague thing somewhere out there in the future.
But that just isn’t the truth. Scripture tells us we can live in God’s Will and follow His calling for our lives right now.
Many verses speak to this, but here are a few:
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Ephesians 5:17
Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. Hebrews 13:20-21
These verses stress to us that God has given us what we need to begin living in His will and pursuing our calling now.
Even with these helpful verses, however, we may have trouble reconnecting with God’s calling on our lives. It’s easy to lose the passion we once had for pursuing it.
To that end, J. Scott McElroy at Relevant Magazine gives us a few helpful guidelines for how to refocus on what God has called us to in his article “Don’t Overthink Your Calling. It’s Closer Than You Think.”
1. Resist checking out and let God speak to your destiny again.
First of all, we need to be open to how God is speaking to us. It’s so easy, especially in our modern world, to distract ourselves and waste time which we could be spending pursuing God’s fulfilling work for our lives. It will initially take a lot of motivation and effort, but in the end, we will be better off because God designed us to be most content when we are pursuing Him and using the gifts He has given us to serve others.
2. Review what God has called you to do, or ask him to clarify what that is.
In order to re-find your calling, you may need to look back on your life and connect the dots. Is there something that always seems to get you excited and is a driving force of interest and passion in your life? Your calling is likely not far from that. Someone has said that we are often most sure of our calling in life when we are children, but that we lose sight of it when we become adults and allow the cares of the world to crowd it out. Be open to God’s working in your life. Often, where your gifts and a specific need intersect, that’s where your calling can be found.
3. Ask someone to keep you accountable to pursuing your calling.
Even if you know what your calling is, discouragement, disappointment, and doubt can easily creep in. That is why we need others to hold us accountable. We need other Christians who will encourage, exhort, and support us in the work God has called us to, whether that work is taking care of children or being an overseas missionary and everything in between.
To read more helpful tips on how to pursue God’s calling for your life, click here.
What is God calling you to? How can you take steps to pursue that calling this week or month?
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Publication date: January 18, 2017
Veronica Neffinger is the editor of ChristianHeadlines.com