Discover, develop, delight in God’s calling

Did you know that God has a unique ‘calling’ just for you? Ephesians 2:10 (NIV) states, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” God formed and fashioned you uniquely with a two-fold calling. First, as His handiwork, to point others to Him as you live out a daily walk of faith with Him (1 Peter 2:12), and secondly, to allow Him to work through you as you put to use the spiritual gifts, talents and abilities He’s given you.

The first call on your life, to point others to God, occurs as you prioritize a growing relationship with Him through prayer, Bible study, and the application of His Word to your life. As He changes you from the inside out, He invites others to see Him through you (Ps. 51:10, Matthew 5:14-16, Philippians 2:15). What a delightful reality; to be used of God to point others to Him!

The second calling on our lives, to do the good works God has set before us, involves a measure of discovery and development on our parts. Here are 3 avenues to consider in discovering His unique calling for you.

Discover your Spiritual Gifts (1 Corinthians 12: 1-9, 1 Corinthians 14). God has given everyone who invites Christ into their heart spiritual gifts. Explore the Scriptural references regarding Spiritual gifts and consider take a Spiritual Gifts inventory (www.spiritualgiftsinventory ) or meeting with a Pastor to explore your gifts. This area of discovery enables you to identify how God desires to work through you to impact others.

Discover and develop the talents and abilities God has given you. These may be musical, artistic, athletic, analytical, relational, educational, mechanical, intellectual, etc. He’s given you talents and abilities for your enjoyment and purposeful use. Identify things you enjoy, as well as things others affirm in you. Refrain from comparing yourself to others; God has made each of us unique and desires for you to discover and develop what He’s entrusted to you! As well, resist believing the lie that you aren’t good at anything; that simply is not Truth according to God’s Word (Psalm 139).

Delight in discovering and developing how God’s created you. This is not synonymous with being prideful. Pride takes root when we attribute value, worth, and significance to ourselves and our abilities. God honoring delight stems forth as we discover and develop who He has created us to be. It is in these discoveries that we are set free to delightfully live out the purposeful calling He divinely designed each of us for.