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How to Find Your Calling From God | How to Know Your Calling

How to Find Your Calling From God

How to Find Your Calling From God


It was in the year 2012 that I first heard the word ‘purpose’ in relation to being called by God and I do not have to think hard to recall all the times spent in anguish over why I couldn't place a finger on what my 'purpose’ was, and it didn't help at all that the word was thrown around more often than any understandable explanations were given.

How to Find Your Calling From God” is a question that has come up over the years and will continue to be asked by generations to come. It's easy to get pressured into coming up with an answer to the question but believe me, it is not something you want to describe an answer you're not totally sure of too.

The public recognition of people with more visible callings like vocational ministry, full-time pastoring or missionary work can cause us to fall into the temptation of believing that we need to find something equally visible. It is important to note however that a calling can be as much in the background as it is in the limelight.

More so, a spiritual calling may not be one thing for a lifetime, God calls many people to multiple things and roles throughout the course of their lives. In other words, what we are called to serves God's purposes, and the paths by which we accomplish them may be extremely varied.

Feeling overwhelmed? Worry not, everygospel completely has your back and it is in light of your need that this article “How to Find Your Calling From God” was birthed. Over the course of this discourse, you'll find key pointers that'll help you to know exactly what a calling is and what it is not, as well as answers to “what is a spiritual calling?” and “how do I know God is calling me into ministry”.

Note: All scripture referenced forthwith shall be from the New International Version (NIV) Bible except otherwise stated - But you can click on the Bible verses listed to see other Bible Translations

What Is A Spiritual Calling?
There is no better way to begin an article on “How to Find Your Calling From God” than by highlighting exactly what the whole concept of a calling is and the first thing to note is that a spiritual calling is not a feeling.

The concept of a “calling” is mostly misunderstood within the Christian community and can be confused for personal dreams and ambitions. However, the purpose of a spiritual call is not something that is created by the individual, it is placed within one by God.

The first and foremost calling of every believer is into a relationship with Jesus Christ, and it involves not mere lip-service but active discipleship and proper ambassadorship. It is our primary and most important calling, for it is the foundation on which all else is built. Consider the following verses:

Colossians 1:13
“For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves,”

1 Corinthians 1:9
“God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Directly next to this is the mandate to preach the gospel and make disciples of all nations; a.k.a “The Great Commission”. If our calling into fellowship with God is the foundation for all else, the great commission is the pillar around which all else is built. Let's have a look at exactly what this second general/foundational calling is:


Mark 16:15
He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.

Matthew 28:19‭-‬20
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Luke 24:47
“and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.”


These first two things listed above can be referred to as our ‘primary calling’. Our secondary calling - bearing in mind God's sovereignty - is that everyone, everywhere, should in all things think, speak, live, and act entirely for him.


1 Corinthians 10:31
“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”

This is lent further credence by the fact that when the term "calling” is used in the New Testament, it most often is referring to our calling as believers and not to anyone specific ministry (examples; 2 Peter 2:10, Ephesians 1:18,  2 Thessalonians 1:11, Romans 11:29, 2 Timothy 1:9). Thus, it can be argued that the answer to the question of “what is a spiritual calling” is found in accomplishing the purposes of God according to his will that we fellowship with him and share the gospel with all of mankind.

When in doubt as to what a spiritual calling entails, remember that it can be summarised with the following scripture: Matthew 22:37‭-‬39 (37 “Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.”).

Now that we have settled the question of what is a spiritual calling, let us move on to the issue of how to find your calling from God.



How to Find Your Calling From God

How to Find Your Calling From God

Every Christian is called by God to a specific purpose and it is important to note here that purpose is a means to an end and not the end itself. Purpose, as it regards your life's calling/mission, is basically the medium through which you fulfill what we termed earlier on the primary calling; i.e fellowshipping with God, being a disciple and ambassador and spreading the gospel and love of Christ.

Now:

Confirming and clarifying a calling is a process that requires patience and loads of sincerity. Bear in mind that God wants to confirm your calling even more than you want to be sure of it. You may not have an out-of-body experience or hear a deep baritone voice when you're alone; however, God makes provision for practical and spiritual resources to help guide you.

There are three major keys (not disregarding all other ways that help confirm callings) that act as the cornerstone for how to find your calling from God and they are;


1. Immerse Yourself In The Word: Give yourself over completely to the word of God. 

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

It is in the study of the word that you become familiar with the ways and will of God. You cannot discover God's will apart from his word. Immerse yourself wholly in God's assessment of you and the world, so that you see things through the eyes of God and come to know his voice better.

Know Thyself: It is often said that the worst form of deceit is self-deceit. It is important that you know yourself as God will never work with you outside of you; he has strategically equipped you for that which he requires that you do. 2 Peter 1:3 (“His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.”)

Examine yourself and get a realistic view of your gifts, weaknesses, and strengths, let others in the body of Christ help you by having them comment on what things they see in you (Romans 12:6-8). 

Note, however, that your weaknesses and strengths are not a limitation to how much God can use you.

2. Identify Where The World's Needs Collide With Your Passions: I read somewhere once (loose paraphrase) that the place where God is sending us at a particular (i.e the job he requires we perform) time is always marked by a need in the world that pains us deeply and is tied in with a burning passion we have towards a particular goal void of ‘self’. Bible scholar and evangelist John Piper refers to these desires as ‘holy’ desires because they are not born of the carnal mind or selfish desires.

Look at situations in the world around you, whether it's your immediate vicinity or some distant place, and find the need(s) that your heart burns to meet. Get a burden for the world. If you do not have one, pray for God to give you one.

Without doubt, if these three things are put in place alongside unceasing, fervent prayer (i.e saturation with God's word, true and unbiased understanding of one’s self, and a clear vision of the needs of the world and burden for those needs), the calling of God on your life will become clearer than the noonday sun.

Now that the question of “how to find your calling from God” has been answered, let us move on to answering the question of “how do I know God is calling me to ministry”. Now, while every service that God calls a man into is a ministry (a ministry is literally a service, and a minister is a servant), the term ‘ministry’ used in this context most often connotes the pastoral and/or apostolic offices in the body of Christ or the missionary field.

In other words, “how do I know God is calling me to be a pastor”, or “how do I know God is calling me into full-time ministry” or “how do I know God is calling me to be a missionary”.



How to Find Your Calling From God


How Do I Know God Is Calling Me To Ministry


Without further ado, let's get down to the crux of this one. The following are steps that can be taken to ensure that one is not simply assuming a calling into ministry:

A profound and repeated impression from God: you will experience an overwhelming, continuous desire to serve in ministry. Even in the midst of doubt, the fire doesn't die off. These desires are strong, recurrent and usually intensify during moments of fellowship whether worship, prayer or word study.

Confirmation by others in the body of Christ: God will always confirm his work with scripture as well as from the mouth of two or three witnesses. If in your entire local church, there is not one person who can stand to say they see this capability in you, you are most likely not being called into that office of the minister or are grossly unprepared for it and God was only laying it in your heart to get you serious with your faith.

Confirmation with God's word: ask anyone in the ministry and they can tell you the exact point at which everything changed. Be rest assured that it wasn't at the time of their first desire towards ministry and what all the stories will have in common is a scripture that sealed that moment completely without doubt; that point where they could stand and say “once have you spoken, twice have I heard”.

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NOTE: God will always confirm his election on your life with his word. Tarry until you receive it.

In conclusion, other steps that are crucial in helping you figure out the questions of “how to find your calling from God” and “how do I know God is calling me to ministry” include:

>Listen with interest while also applying discernment, to counsel and advice from church leaders, parents, pastors and other believers who are strong in the faith. God strategically places people in the church and in our lives to help us learn more about him, his ways and his plan for our lives. Remember that perishing and lack of good counsel go hand-in-hand.

>Constantly pray for wisdom and clarity, as well as for God's will to be revealed.

>Identify your strong and recurring 'holy’ desires, how they relate to your gifts and how they can affect the needs of the world around you.

Thank you for staying with us till the end of this article on “How to Find Your Calling From God”, I trust you enjoyed it inasmuch as you were enlightened by it and that all your questions on the aforementioned topic as well as “How Do I Know God Is Calling Me To Ministry” and “What Is A Spiritual Calling” have been answered.

Finally: Do not forget that the closer you are to the Father, the better and clearer you hear from him. Sometimes it isn't that God isn't speaking, but rather that we do not hear or are unable to identify his voice. It is only the sheep that know the shepherd that know his voice when he calls. Shalom.!

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