Psalm 139:13-16 “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mothers womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, everyone of the them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.”
Today is my 33rd birthday. 33 years ago I was born and my journey of purpose began. I am a year older and hopefully more in alignment with my call than ever before. Some people mistake age for maturity but unfortunately some people live the same experience 50 years in a row and never grow from their life experiences.
I encourage you today to not just watch the years come and go but to seize each moment as another opportunity to grow in the call of God on your life. All of us ask ourselves questions around our life purpose. Questions like, why do I exist? What is my purpose for being born? Who am I and where do I fit in the world? These are all important questions that are common to everyone. Even though you might not have the answers to these questions yet, keep pursuing them in partnership with God’s Spirit because he is your creator and the only person who can truly help you uncover the mystery to your life.
Discovering your call is an intersection of a few key things:
- Burden – What is it that you have a burden for? Every call of God is accompanied by a burden. A burden is what you are ultimately passionate about. A burden is a holy discontent that you have to do something about. A burden wakes you up and gets you going in the morning and keeps you thinking late into the night. Discovering your burden requires being still long enough to ask some very deep and personal questions of God and your own heart and waiting patiently for the answer.
- Gifting – What is that comes easily to you more than anything else? We are all gifted at something and we all have been given a special ability from God to contribute to the world around us. Your gift is a revelation of God to the world. Your gift makes room for you and is a source of provision in your life. Your gift is for the benefit of others and not purely for your own advancement.
- God – What has God already revealed to you about your call? God speaks through prophecy, rhema words of inspiration, Scriptures, circumstances, dreams and visions, words of knowledge and an inner witness of the Spirit in your heart. We should never pursue our call separate to a personal relationship with God. As we walk with God, God reveals more and more to us about our identity and value in him.
- Opportunities – What have people asked you to do recently? What opportunities have come you way in the past? What opportunities would you like to be available to you? Your hopes, dreams and aspirations are all potential opportunities in your future. The little opportunities before you right now are the stepping stones to the big things on your heart for the future.
- Environment – Your current environment is adding value to you or sucking life from you. Everyone of us are called to a place where we can contribute meaningfully to. What is the place of your call? Nehemiah was called to rebuild the broken down walls of Jerusalem and Paul was called to be a witness in Jerusalem thousands of years later. Calling is intended for a specific place. Your church, workplace and home are significant places where your calling is to be expressed.
- People – Who has God partnered you up with? Who is in your life right now that is helping you walk in the call and who is in your life that is hindering your call? God has got a dot to dot plan for your relationships. Take responsibility for the relational spaces in your life and look for Kingdom connections.
- Timing – God has a divine window of opportunity for all of us. It’s important to know that there is a time for every season and matter under heaven. God makes everything beautiful in its time. Don’t run ahead of God but don’t lag behind either. God’s timing is perfect and as you walk in step with the Holy Spirit, he will prompt your heart to pursue certain things in certain seasons.