I think everyone has a deep desire to know what their purpose is here on earth. Many ask, “Why am I here?” For a Christian, the question might be, “What is my calling?” Some may advise, “Well, what are you good at, what do you like to do?” I have a very different response. Follow my thoughts for just a moment……….
Jesus spent His first 30 years of life as a carpenter. I’m sure He became a great craftsman. However, when God separated Him unto His calling, it had nothing to do with His trade, what He knew about carpentry, or His comfort zone. His calling required total trust in His Father as He maneuvered through the unfamiliar lifestyle of His destiny. I know, I know, “But that was Jesus.”
Fair enough, so….the “disciples of Jesus” were everything from fishermen to tax-men to a doctor and more; just ordinary men. When God separated them unto their calling, it had nothing to do with their trade, what they knew about their trade, or their comfort zones either. Their calling required total trust in their Heavenly Father as they maneuvered through the unfamiliar lifestyle of their destiny.
There are many examples of this same pattern throughout the Bible. For me personally, as I am about to enter my 30th year of ministry, I can certainly identity with this unique pattern. When God separated me unto my calling to be a preacher, I was terrified of public speaking. I knew that I could NEVER fulfill such a calling. And to this day I still get extremely nervous when I speak. So, what did I do? I trusted my Heavenly Father, just like Jesus, His disciples, and many others have done. I allowed God to have full control over my life as HE maneuvered me through the unfamiliar lifestyle of my destiny. Scary? Yes! Worth it? ABSOLUTELY!!!
Soooooooo, IF you are in pursuit of God’s call on your life, stop limiting God to only “what you are good at.” Stop looking for the familiar, the comfortable, or what makes sense. You, nor I, will ever figure God out. The good news is that we don’t have to. All He wants from us is OUR TRUST. And we only trust those we KNOW, those we have a relationship with. That takes TIME. My advice? Instead of trying to figure out the details of your life by yourself, get to know just YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER. Spend time with the Lord, listen to His voice, and follow up with a good ol’ dose of trust and obedience. Before you know it, you too will allow God to have full control over your life as HE maneuvers you through the unfamiliar lifestyle of YOUR destiny. Enjoy the journey!
Pastor Kevin Kinchen