Is there really more to life than this? If you’ve asked yourself this question, you are among thousands who wonder the same thing.
What’s my life’s purpose? What was I born to do? Why am I here? All of these questions we have asked ourselves at one time or another.
And if we can be honest here, identifying your purpose can be the most frustrating when you’re not sure what that is? But what about those who have discovered their purpose, now what? How do we take that information and run with it in our lives?
In a previous post, we shared that we didn’t discover our purpose, or our calling if you will, until recently; a few years ago to be exact. And just the revelation of what God was asking us to do was frightening.
We had a lot of questions and doubt about what God has called us to do without neglecting our first ministry, which is our home.
As with anyone who has a business idea, or a goal or dreams they want to pursue, we had to approach our calling by applying these three things: God’s wisdom, a plan, and time.
How many of you know people who come up with an idea and just run with it. Only to have to shut it down because it wasn’t executed properly? Well, that is the same way we should approach walking in our purpose.
God may have revealed to you His calling in your life, but that’s just one piece of the puzzle. It will now require you to:
Identifying your purpose is one thing. Responding to it is another. And that will require seeking God’s wisdom. After all, He placed the desire on your heart, so He is capable of leading you down the right path.
James 1:5 (NLT) tells us; “If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.”
When we seek Him, He will answer us and guide us. We just need to be still enough to hear from Him. And when you do be sure to write it down in a journal or a notebook. Because God may give you pieces at a time. And as He leads you, it will require you to…
It amazes us how many times we hear of people reacting so quickly to ideas they have. Some ideas are good ideas, and some ideas are God ideas. When good ideas happen and we respond too quickly, we later discover it wasn’t such a good idea.
Planning how to execute what God has given you is scriptural. We serve a God, who does things decently and in order. Jesus speaks of this in a parable in Luke 14 often referred as to “the cost of being a disciple.”
Luke 14:28 (NLT) says, “But don’t begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost to see if there is enough money to finish it?”
God may have revealed to you His purpose for you, and now that you know that, it’s time to plan. In the planning stage, you will be able to take the necessary steps toward fulfilling your purpose. And when you do this, it will flourish in due….
Everything is beautiful in God’s timing. However, we must be patient enough to wait for it. Wait for God’s confirmation, His wisdom, and follow the plan you need to take to fulfill your purpose. Then wait for it.
We are told in Philippians 4:6 (NLT) tells us “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.”
While fulfilling your propose is exciting, you must resist the temptation to move ahead of God.
When God confirmed in our hearts that we were to step in and serve as Pastors for our church, we knew that was something we had to do bi-vocationally. Meaning it was not time to quit our jobs. We had to find the balance in raising a family, lead a church, maintain this blog, and work.
By God’s grace, we decided years ago to live within the priorities of God. For it is only because we understand that balance where we are able to say YES to God knowing that we would not neglect each other or our family. Even in that alone, looking back, that was God preparing for such a time as this.
Our heart’s desire is to do ministry full-time (which includes this blog, as we see it as an extension of our ministry). However, until we are able to earn a full-time salary through ministry and this blog, we continue to work, preach, and raise our family.
It would have been foolish to jump out, quit our jobs then hope and pray God meets our needs. So while we recognize this is where God has called us, we had to develop a plan and wait on God’s provision and timing.
In the meantime, we don’t overextend ourselves nor do we sit dormant. We pursue our purpose in excellence while maintaining our current commitments.
God honors those who diligently seek Him. So if God has placed a clear purpose on your heart, rest in knowing that the same God will direct you to fulfill in it in His timing. It’s up to you to count up the cost, and create a plan. Then do your best and let God do the rest.
~ André and Timberley Gray