Every time I read the word I get a new revelation from it. As I was reading the first few verse of Genesis 12 when Abram was called, the Holy Spirit began to open my eyes to what we can expect when God calls us. Below are 6 things that God does when he calls you. If you are going through the process now of stepping into your calling or wondering if God has called you in this season I pray that what I have meditated on will bless you.
When God calls us He likes to move us away from what is familiar to us. He puts us in a space where we have to totally rely on him. Sometimes He moves us from our family. Sometimes he moves us out of the country. Sometimes he moves us to a different career. He does not forcefully move us into this area; however he makes our current location a little less comfortable so that we ourselves know “It’s time to move”. When we are too comfortable we often forget to rely on God, but our calling can only be fulfilled with total dependance on Him. He moved Abram to a new land. He moved Esther into a palace of people that were not from her culture. If God has led you into an unknown environment brace yourself- He’s preparing you for your calling! It’s going to be scary. You’re going to have some days where you don’t think you are in the right place. But don’t worry. You are exactly where God wants you.
God is always focused on upward movement. He’s not going to call you to keep you on the same level or to demote you. When He calls you to a position or task it is a promotion. It doesn’t always feel like it; trust me I know. Many times the promotion looks more like a prison. Think of Joseph. God pushed him into the unknown to one day become the 2nd in command of Egypt. However, before he got there he found himself in a pit and in prison. When he finally got to the palace he realized why God took him through that journey. You’re going to go through some tests while you’re being promoted. This is a gem I wish I knew before- I would have been more vigilant! But when God finds you faithful, He will exalt you.
The first verse of Psalm 23 says “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want”. While you are moving into your calling you really need to take hold of this promise. It can be hard in the beginning. People may not believe in you. You may not have enough money. You may lack resources. Whatever struggles you may face know that God is going to take care of you. When the Israelites were heading into the promise land God provided them manna in the wilderness. He takes care of the birds. You never see them struggling to find food. We are more valuable to God than the birds. He will take care of us. Sometimes we are scared to step into our calling because we don’t know where the money, resources or people are going to come from. Just take the step and watch God provide.
When God calls you He puts you in a place to be seen. Whether you are seen by 5 people or 5,000 people you have a platform. What are you going to do with that platform? Are you going to use it for selfish gain or are you going to use it to point people to God’s glory? Do you feel like your current platform isn’t big enough? Remember that when you are faithful with little God will bless you with more. Before David led a country he led the sheep in the field. God saw that he was faithful with the platform he had. When God calls you he gives you a voice and a message; make sure to use your platform to further His agenda.
Because we have a platform, our calling can come with fame and fortune on varying levels. But always remember that God does not call you for yourself. He calls you for others. He promotes and blesses us so that we can bless others. No matter the size of your platform you should always find ways to touch the lives of those around you. Remember that blessing someone doesn’t always have to be monetary. It can be visiting them, praying with them, or just pouring into them through edifying conversations. When God fills your cup to overflowing that blessing should flow out on to others around you.
There’s a saying that goes “the higher the level the bigger the devil”. You need to be prepared for this. I’m telling you from experience because I wasn’t. When I was thrown into my calling I was naive to the battles I would face. Even through my failures and mistakes God still kept me and restored me. The more He blesses you the more people are going to start acting funny. It’s human nature. They’ll start talking about you. They’ll try to stain your name. They’ll try to make others believe that you are not fit for your calling. God will protect you from all of this- if you let him. There are going to be people that come in to your life- wolves in sheep clothing- just to disrupt your calling. Please beware. Trust me, I’ve experienced this but thank God for His grace and mercy. You need to be totally immersed in Christ so that he can protect you from the attacks of the enemy.
Being called by God is an honor. To think that God wants to use you to impact people around you i humbling. It comes with it’s ups and downs but always lean on God. The same God that called you will make you successful in your calling.