The more people I talk to, the more I see a common theme in each persons heart: the desire to know what they were created for.
We ponder questions like:
“What is my purpose?”
“What am I called to do?”
As I near the end of my high school years, the topic of calling is on my heart more than ever before.
Many of us are stuck in the process of finding what we’re called to do. We’re still on that journey.
I’m in that place too. So I want to speak to you today from a place of process. Of not having it all figured out, but being okay with not knowing everything right now. I’m in a place of seeking the heart of God for my life.
I think some of us struggle with getting past the feeling that we’re not worthy of being used by God.
But your weaknesses do not disqualify you from being used by Him.
They just might become your strengths! I say might, because that’s ultimately up to you. Sometimes God will call you to do things that scare you deep down, because He wants to make you brave.
And please don’t ever think for one second, that your voice and perspective doesn’t matter, or that you don’t have anything special to offer.
The decisions you make when under the influence of those lies are astronomically harmful to your life.
He’s not looking for perfection, just a willing heart. Be that willing heart.
You are meant for things far bigger than you know.
God’s vision for your life is far bigger than you see.
Your potential is far bigger than you feel.
You were not meant to live small and in a box. Step out of the realm of what you can imagine yourself accomplishing, God’s vision is bigger!
We serve a God who is neither small, nor contained- so doesn’t it only make sense that if He can’t be put into a box, than the ways He can use His people can’t either?
The options for how God can use your life are not limited by what you can comprehend or what makes sense. God just might use you in a way that’s out of the box. Because he’s an out of the box God. Your calling can’t fit into a box either!
There are no limits on how God can use your life!
You may not understand what it will look like right now, but that’s okay.
In her newest book Without Rival author and speaker, Lisa Bevere says:
“What if the reason you don’t know what you are called to do is that you are called to do something that no one has ever done before.”
What I’m learning is that calling is a process. There’s not always this big reveal moment of all that God wants you to do. You will have moments of revelation of course. But you won’t get the whole picture, just pieces.
Your calling isn’t out there waiting for you to go on a wild goose chase to find it. It’s in you. It’s just stewing away in your soul.
Your calling is often revealed in steps. In the moments of obedience, even when you didn’t have the whole story.
Your purpose is discovered in the process.
I think your calling is made up of the little moments.
The “yes’s” to God. And I’m willing to venture that those little steps of obedience are big steps to finding your calling.
Often God wants to see if you’ll be obedient in the little moments where He speaks to your heart, before He reveals this big grand purpose.
I want to encourage you to be faithful where you’re planted. If you’ve had God affirm gifts that He has placed on your life, but you don’t know how He’ll use them just yet, keep in mind these words from a wise woman in my life: gifts have to be stewarded.
When you’re faithful to steward those gifts on a practical level, God will do what only He can do on a spiritual level.
THE PROCESS TEACHES VALUE
And if your calling is a long time in coming, just stay faithful where He has you and rest in this:
“It’s in the waiting and the stewarding that the value comes” – Havilah Cunnington
Finding God’s purpose for you may feel like a long process, but if you embrace it, you’ll value your calling far more than if it would have come easy. You know the saying, “Easy come, easy go.”
Meaning, that if something is easy to come by and doesn’t require much effort, it’s much easier to abandon it or throw it away.
You will have a greater sense of the value of your calling, when you embrace the process, than if you would have bypassed the waiting seasons. And if you rush to your promise you won’t be ready to carry it well.
THE PROCESS IS YOUR PREPARATION
The process isn’t always easy, but it’s preparing you for the great honor that your calling is. I know a lot of us want to follow our calling, but we either haven’t found it yet or it’s been such a long season of waiting, and we’re tired. I understand that.
But I want to encourage you to not despise the process. It’s what prepares you for your calling. It’s what prepares you to walk in all that God has for you.
To further illustrate this, I want to share a few things I noticed while studying Ruth. Keep in mind that Boaz in this story, is a picture of Jesus. Listen to his instruction for Ruth:
“Boaz went over and said to Ruth, “Listen, my daughter. Stay right here with us when we gather grain; don’t go to any other fields. stay right behind the young women working in my field. See which part of the field they are harvesting, and then follow them…” (Ruth 2:8-9)
Later her mother-in-law Naomi, reaffirms what Boaz had instructed Ruth to do.
“Good!” Naomi exclaimed. “Do as he said, my daughter. Stay with with his women right though the whole harvest. You might be harassed in the other fields, but you’ll stay safe with him.” (Ruth 2:22)
THE PROCESS IS YOUR PROVISION
First off, I want to point out the importance of staying with the field God has put you in.
You want to stick with your season until you have learned all that God wants to teach you from and in it.
There is a harvest of wisdom in this season that will serve you well and nourish and sustain you in the next!
It’s imperative to not only stay with your season, but to also embrace it.
Dig your roots down deep and you’ll position yourself to grow wisdom in your life that you’ll pull from in the future.
And you may not always see the fruit of your season right away. But it’s there! And it will reveal itself in time. Either in this side of heaven, or the next. Just be faithful with today, and God will reveal greater things in store for you tomorrow than you could have ever imagined.
As Steffany Gretzinger said about process: “Forfeit the process; and you forfeit the promise.”
If you’re having a hard time embracing your process, ask the Lord what He wants you to be learning in this season. The lessons you learn in this season are what will prepare you for the next one.
THE PROCESS IS YOUR PROTECTION
Another thing became apparent to me as I was reading these verses. Just as Boaz was trying to protect Ruth from men with ill intentions coming upon her if she didn’t stick with the workers in that field, it’s a protection issue with God as well- in a different way.
Through the process, God is trying to protect you from crashing and burning once you do reach your promise. If you rush through the waiting periods, you won’t be ready to steward your calling well. You’ll truly value your calling and be ready to walk in the fullness of it when you embrace the process.
You don’t so easily misuse what you worked so hard to get. Because it has value for you.
If you didn’t have to work to get to your purpose, it would be easy to misuse it.
I was recently listening to a Levi Lusko message where he shared the illustration of climbing a mountain.
He talked about how when you’re climbing a mountain you can’t rush to the top, or you won’t be able to acclimate properly to the conditions of the high elevation. If you elevate yourself before due time, you put yourself in a dangerous situation. You have to adjust to your current climate before you move upward.
I heard Jenn Johnson say the following statement once: “Maybe God is hiding you.”
Maybe God has promised you that you’re going to do great things for Him, but you’re stuck in a season where you feel forgotten. You’re not seeing the fruit of that promise and it’s easy to wonder if He’s really planning to use you like He said He would.
But know this: God is not keeping you from blessings, He’s keeping you for blessings. There’s a difference!
I’m thankful for the process. That God would protect, prepare, and provide for us through it.
There’s beauty in the process, friends.
Until next time,