How do you know God is calling you? The most question I most believers have on their lips is this: ‘How to know God is calling you. How do I know that God is calling me? That he is reaching out to me. That he has an assignment for me
The first time I heard the phrase ‘call’; it was followed by a reverential “God is calling you” command with a tint of fear and death banes. Precious, don’t forget you have a CALL hanging on your head. A prophetic mantle to carry the gospel to the ends of the earth. I hadn’t even found Christ or answered my first altar call before mum and some other sent persons started to emphasize the call of God over my life.
Believe me when I said fear gripped my bones. The mere imagination that the divine being was so interested in having me work for him. At the same time, restricting; I wouldn’t have my life to myself or that he might send me somewhere I’d rather not be.
There was a quite much emphasis being made on the sacred call that the last prayer I made before the Lord began to minister directly to me was “Lord, I just want to be a normal Christian”
I know you may have read the ‘normal Christian life’ by Watchman Nee but that wasn’t the burden of my prayer. It was more directed towards the longing and desire to have my life back rather than have my mum or anyone dictate regimented lifestyles to me. Worse, try to tilt my head in a particular direction.
What Does The Call Of God Entail?
God’s calling may be the instruction and drawing of God to a vocation, a particular achievement, or to work in an area of passion. Your calling may be a God-breathed purpose for your life and destiny.
‘Calling’ speaks of Father’s intention for your life—the purpose and destiny that you are created for.
A divine calling does not mean that God has a rigid set of plans that you must adhere to. Your calling has ebbs and flows, like a river. It is a journey; your personal walk with Jesus.
Fears for the call of God
We all have fears associated with the call of God. Our wider society and orientation have been that when the lord calls; you genuflect before him, prostrate and answer the hallowed call in fear and trembling before the lion consumes you. No questions asked because God is a consuming and raging fire. I laugh in Swahili.
Okay, I may have exaggerated right there but it isn’t far from what I have been told. If you fail to answer the call of God then nothing in your life will work. Several untutored individuals have succeeded in painting God as a terrorist who goes around tearing people’s visions and businesses down simply because they refused to answer the divine call over their life.
Does this not mean that we’ve managed to equate God to occupy the same realm of wickedness as the oracle in my village? The kind that chases its servants down and destroys them if they fail to answer the call to be its seer.
It is okay; perfectly normal to be in a state of uncertainty about your call but let not fear to rule your domain and heart before instructions guiding your call arrives at your doorstep.
Moses’ Fear And The Call Of God
Come now, therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.” But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?”
The life of Moses poses a great lesson. When Moses was called to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt; Moses responded to God with a question and was no doubt thinking about his own shortcomings. Yet God created Moses for a time just as this.
He had created Him with the background, the upbringing, and the voice that would lead Israel out of Egypt. God already knew the outcome, where Moses was unsure. I can resonate so much with Moses at this time because I think of how many times I’ve muttered the words “who am I?”
Funny thing is that Jesus knows me better than anyone else and He also knows you better than you know yourself! Moses was perfectly selected for this job. There was no one else better suited.
Do you recall the biblical story of three talents in Mathew 25? The last servant gave excuses as to why he hid his Master’s money and was labelled as a wicked and lazy servant. What he had was taken from him and he was cast out into the darkness.
I don’t want this to be me. The third servant hid his money because he feared that he would lose it.
I want to hear “Well done my good and faithful servant” when I enter those pearly gates.
To be used effectively, we cannot be persuaded by fear.
What If Moses Refused The Call Of God Over His Life?
Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph. And he said unto his people, Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we: Come on, let us deal wisely with them; lest they multiply, and it comes to pass, that, when there falleth out any war, they join also unto our enemies and fight against us, and so get them up out of the land.
Exodus 1: 8-10 NKJV
Let us do a quick study. Moses was given birth at the time when a huge pandemonium and rage broke out in Egypt. Pharaoh arose and began to slaughter all first males born simply because Israelites thrived more than the people of Egypt.
And the woman conceived, and bare a son: and when she saw him that he was a goodly child, she hid him three months.
Exodus 2: 2 NKJV
Moses was hidden away at such time seeing that he was a goodly child and eventually smuggled into the house of the killer himself to be nurtured and groomed. All his years, Moses may not have known that he was called to lead but somehow the Lord managed to put a burden in his heart to make him recognize and associate with his own tribe even to the point of killing an Egyptian.
At the burning bush, the call came officially for the first time
Did Moses reject? Yes, because he was a stammered or as his excuse came. The lord insisted even to the point of annoyance.
And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Moses, and he said, Is not Aaron the Levite thy brother? I know that he can speak well. And also, behold, he cometh forth to meet thee: and when he seeth thee, he will be glad in his heart.
Exodus 4:14 NKJV
Moses still embarked on that journey knowing what he has been called to do. Help will be provided and the Lord wasn’t in the business of destroying his life if he refused to answer the call.
Most times I see us peddle God to be a gold digger and inconsiderate in his dealings with us. I tell you, the call of God isn’t meant to come muddled in ungodly fear rather reverence and the long run, fulfilling. First, why you are called and what are you called to do?
Why Has God Called You?
We jump through too many procedures in our life and see where it lands us each time. Either in perpetual confusion or bound fear of the calling, we are supposed to appreciate it. I still remember the first time the Lord spoke to me, sitting in the convent chapel.
Quietly, in my place of prayer, he whispered for the first time away from all the noises of God’s call from home. He said: “I have called you to be a prophet to the nations” The second clarity came three years later in my second year in the university.
I didn’t need to struggle anymore or fight the call. I was grateful to be chosen. And just because he called me to be a prophet or gave the prophetic gift didn’t propel me to quit school, go into ministry full-time and attach the hallowed title senior prophetess to my name. I understood by books and discipleship that the calling of God demands clarity, discipline, and tutelage
What Has God Called You To Do?
There is a specific reason the calling of God comes over a person’s life. Listen to me and hear me well enough, every one of us has a calling. A mandate to fulfil in life. In the field of writing and blogging, we call it niching down.
Whereas, in the body of Christ we call it ministerial assignment and responsibilities. He called me to be a prophet but what kind of prophet? The Ezekiel type amid dry bones and eating scrolls. The Jeremiah weeping type? Does it come with an instruction to go to the potter’s house or the Isaiah type to announce the coming of the Messiah?
Could I be the Elijah type in the brook being fed by ravens or widows and calling fire to consume people? Even prophets have a specific assignment to fulfil. I had to stay with the word and still do to hear him per time and season concerning my call.
I Love writing but Blogging for me isn’t just a mere hobby. I didn’t just start because I was bored although that was my state at the time I started. In the long run, I saw it as a platform through which I can reach out to my target audience who happens to be young ladies and recently all young adults. Hence, my content is tailored for a few individuals but beneficial for all.
The Mountains Of Influence: How To Know God is Calling You
We have seven mountains of influence which include in no particular order: Family, Religion, Government, Business, Education, Arts and Entertainment, and Media.
Every one of us has been called to occupy these mountains. You don’t need to hear a voice speak to you for you know this fact as a Christian. We are not all only called into pastoral ministry. Hence when you hear God is calling or even if an angel speaks to you, be careful to ask, what am I do?
This is the only way we can have specialization and balance in the body. Regardless of your field of calling, you are meant to evangelize. That is the core business of the kingdom we legislate as priests.
Have you ever felt called into a specific area? Do you know that you have a special talent that God has gifted you with? We are each made to be incredibly unique with a certain set of skills that will honour God’s name and further His Kingdom.
Perhaps you are a singer, an artist, or a writer? Maybe you have a knack for graphic design and media? Have you felt an urging placed upon your heart to get involved with Church or Ministry? No talent is insignificant, each one you possess can potentially serve a purpose if you allow it.
Talents are a little different from spiritual gifts because they are individualized. No one else can fill these shoes of yours exactly the way that you can. Your talents are one-of-a-kind and specifically assigned to you.
To Those Who Are Been Called To Write
You might think yourself to be unschooled enough or grammatically deficient. In my capacity as a writing and blogging coach, I have seen a lot of my students shiver in fear at the beginning of their writing program but most of these came out with masterpiece books they wrote in three months with testimonies to back it up.
My heart is composing a goodly matter; I speak of the verses which I have made concerning the King; my tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
Psalms 45: 1
Have you ever felt called to start a blog? Or write a book just as I was led to do the same and improve as days went by. Do not fear anything. Start writing and be rest assured that he will make your tongue and ink that of a ready writer.
How To Know God is Calling You-4 Ways
I have written a lot on the call of God and answered that call. However, I know a lot of us do not even know where God has called us to be or function. Your question right now is: “Precious, how do I find my calling?” How do I identify the call of God?
I need you to understand and agree with me that the calling of God is not rocket science. Neither, do you need to journey to the moon to find answers? The answers you seek are right here:
- Look within you- what are your passions? What are those things that burden your heart so much as it relates to the kingdom? I like to put callings to be equated to what makes your heart tick and could cause an uprise of dissatisfaction if not done well by others outside the influence of jealousy and pride. I am not about to tell you to go see a prophet to look into your future but the next step will guide you better
2. Ask questions in prayer- you need to learn the habit of asking God per time and season what he has called you to do? Even as you journey with God, always remember to stop and ask for directions through prayers. Learn to engage the Holy Spirit in a tete a tete. Make it as simple as possible like a child who desires clarity. “Lord, where are we going to?”
3. Trust him through his word- as you engage in prayers, the lord will begin to reveal his mind and burden to you through his word. Then said I, ‘Lo, I come (in the volume of the Book it is written of Me) to do Thy will, O God.’” Heb 10:14 KJV. Dear, there is an epistle written about you. A line in the scripture just for you. There is a character in the holy book who has walked that path.
Thus says the LORD: “Stand in the ways and see, And ask for the old paths, where the good way is, And walk in it; Then you will find rest for your souls. But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’ Jer 6:16.
You are in no confusion when the Lord is on the sail with you. If you’re still confused. Ask more questions and trust
4. Seek wise counsel from elders- Compass guides us on the path to unfamiliar routes. Asides from the word of God as our first compass, men helped by God; I call them elders and uncles are another pivotal compasses towards the success and completion of our journey. Do not be alone soldier so that you don’t burn out before you even start or miss your way on this path of destiny
Finally My Brethren
I sound like Apostle Paul with this my conclusion. Lols. The call of God shouldn’t come with much gripping fear rather joy and gladness that you have been found worthy. We talked about a lot of things from finding your calling, identifying what you are called to do, why you are called, and preparations for the calling of God.
Now, if the Lord calls, will you be prompt to say thank you Lord for choosing me?
Are you currently answering the call of God? Help us share your experience in the comment session: How to know God is calling you
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