I’m back with a topic close to Dan and my heart. Hope you are blessed.
Do you want to serve God? Do you want to know your calling? Do you want to fulfill God’s purpose for your life.
Dan and me come across a lot of individuals who want to serve God, but don’t know where to start. Here are a couple of tips that’ll help you zero down on God’s purpose for your life and accomplish it.
Get a vision from God: Whenever we come across God enthusiasts who want to “DO” something we ask them what their vision is.
What is it that they want to accomplish? And more often than naught we get the all too familiar answer. “Pastor, I don’t know.” The bible says in Proverbs 29:18, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” In order to get a vision from God you need to know God and understand his purpose for your life. For some it is a moment of realization while others it is a process of self-discovery as well as knowing God. However short or long it takes, pursue God and ask him to show you the purpose of your life. Do not give up hope if you do not arrive at the answer “instantly”. Remember Jeremiah 29:13 says “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”
Know yourself: Identify your strengths and weakness. Narrow down on your key skills and work on them.
Some of you would already know your strengths, be it music, dramatics, writing, etc. You may have even enhanced it through your childhood and teen years. Submit these talents to God and ask Him to give you a fresh perspective… His perspective to your talent. I’m sure some of you cannot identify anything in particular for yourself 🙂 Worry not. You are not alone! Read on.
Do not be scared to try out new stuff: (pssst… and this is where being a part of a church really helps!) jokes apart. There is nothing wrong in trying out stuff to understand your orientation. Try helping out in some of the church ministries for e.g. maybe join the choir and get a feel of it or help out with the kids ministry over a weekend. Do this prayerfully and ask God to guide you. When you reach the right spot you’ll just fit in like a piece of a jigsaw puzzle.
Start Somewhere: If you are an aspiring writer, start a blog. If you are called for worship pen down some songs.
If you are called to evangelize go to the streets, pray for a couple of people and share the gospel. Start somewhere! Faith without works is dead. Joyce Meyer, one of world’s leading bible teacher, currently has a potential broadcast audience of more than 4.5 billion people and reaches two-thirds of the world. Do you know how she started? In her basement, with a cardboard box as her table.
Check Your Motives: Reality check! The beginnings are usually humble 🙂 If you were expecting something grand, you need to do some serious soul searching and examine your motives. Don’t be surprised if you find self-exaltation, pride and ambition. God is not surprised either. He’ll help you out. Every second youngster with a prophecy of worship would invariable have imagined himself/herself singing on staged similar to Hillsong or Jesus Culture 🙂 How do I know? Well I have done that myself ! Yes…. and there is nothing wrong in having aspirations. However most fail to realize that there is a lot of prayer and hard hard work (repetition on purpose) that goes into it. And the beginning is usually small
Talk to your pastor/elders/leaders in church about your zeal and passion. Very important! Can’t emphasize enough.
Do not waste time: If you have real fire you will never procrastinate because of circumstances, problems, finances. The more the excuses the longer it will take. God has all the time in the world He can wait for you but you might not have that luxury.
Hang out with the right crowd: Hang out with people that carry the anointing that you aspire to carry. You will learn more, stay inspired, get new/innovative ideas. A log can burn more fiercely when place in a fire with similar logs than alone. Do not let the world dampen the fire inside you. Guard it, protect it, fuel it. The bible mentions “company of prophets”, the early church “gathering together in fellowship”.
Find a mentor: Joshua had Moses. Elisha had Elijah. The Twelve had Jesus.
Discipleship is the most biblical and of course the most practical way of growing. Have a mentor that can speak into your life. Someone you can be seriously accountable to, concerning all areas of your life. God is practical. He wants you as a whole and not just a small part of you serving him in the weekends. Find someone elderly (and by elderly I mean someone who has walked down the path, not necessarily elderly in terms of years) that would be able to pray for you, identify areas of strengths and weaknesses in you, guide you, give you candid feedback if required. Humble, submit watch yourself grow.
I really hope this post blessed you. Would love to hear from you.