What You Can Do If You Feel Like You’ve Missed Your Calling
In a previous post we discussed some questions to ask yourself to discover your calling. If you haven’t had the chance to read it yet; I would encourage you to start there.
It’s easy to diagnose problems in our lives, but it’s hard to do something about them. We are Monday quarterbacks when it comes to looking at our lives.
It’s easy to think we are too far out of God’s will or messed things up too bad for God to help us. This is really just a lie of the enemy. I would encourage you not to listen to the enemy in your life. He’s always looking for you to make a deal and compromise with him.
I believe it’s never too late to follow the call of God upon your life. While we can’t go back to how things were, we can start where we are at. In fact, you won’t be the first, nor the last, to have this same dilemma.
There’s a story in the Bible of a man who royally screwed up his life. The good news is that God wouldn’t give up on him and we get to read about it. The man I’m referring to is Moses.
When Moses was born he was different. The hand of God was upon his life from an early age. He ended up being adopted by Pharaoh’s daughter and grew up in the home of royalty. He went to the best schools, drove the best chariots, wore the latest fashions and had the latest tablet for school.
In his zeal to help someone he ended up killing a man and tried to cover it up. Unfortunately, Pharaoh found out about it and Moses ended up running for his life. He ended up living as a shepherd on the back side of a desert for 40 years. Talk about a fall from grace.
What can we learn from Moses’ life about recovering our calling? (Exodus 3)
Moses had to have an encounter with God.
God called Moses from the bush and Moses had to answer the call and respond to him. Moses was leading his sheep in the desert and when he heard the voice of God from the burning bush he had to go over and see it.
Sometimes God is waiting for us to slow down long enough to get our attention. When we slow down and listen he will speak to us. It often means putting away distractions and listening for the still small voice.
Moses had to admit God was in charge.
God told him to take off his sandals. This was a sign of being a servant. By doing this Moses was saying God was in charge and that he was his servant. Many people miss their calling because they don’t want to surrender their life to Jesus Christ. Repentance always precedes the call.
Moses had to quit making excuses.
Moses had an excuse for everything. He said he didn’t speak well. He thought the people wouldn’t listen to him. He had some serious self-esteem issues in his life.
We usually make excuses to mask our fears and to not take responsibility for our messes. Until you quit making excuses you will never move forward with God’s plan for your life. You’ll never be perfect or qualified enough to do what God’s called you to do, so don’t wait.
Moses had to learn to be himself.
God told him to take his staff and do miraculous signs with it. A staff was the tool of trade for a shepherd. Moses took what was familiar with him. He didn’t try to use someone else’s tools or gifts. He had to be the person God called him to be.
This means we have to avoid the comparison trap with others. Don’t compare your life and gifts to someone else’s, because you’ll never measure up. Most often we end up comparing our shortcomings to someone’s highlights and we get too discouraged to start.
Moses had to take the first step.
The first thing Moses did was pack up his stuff and head towards Egypt. He didn’t have all the answers, but he had a promise from God that he would show up and do the miraculous. Moses didn’t know exactly how God was going to deliver the Israelites. He simply had a promise from God. We often want all the details when God is only willing to give us the big picture.
If we had all the details we wouldn’t need God and we would be trying to rely on ourselves. We usually find ourselves in messes when we do this.
Moses had to keep showing up.
Not only did Moses take the first step; he kept showing up. This is an often overlooked point. Moses kept showing up day after day and God kept doing the supernatural.
Many people assume because God called them that everything will come easy and doors will start swinging open. This is not always the case. Moses didn’t see deliverance of the Israelites in one day. He had to keep showing up and standing up to Pharaoh.
Our callings aren’t worked out in one day. It takes days, which turns into weeks, which turns into months, which turns into years. Your calling is not an event, but a lifestyle. It’s about who you are, not necessarily what you do.
Question: What steps do you need to take in your life to get closer to your destiny?
I'm a pastor, writer and serial encourager. I like to help people to grow in their relationship with God. I live outside of Atlanta, GA. I've written a book, Stubborn Faith: 30 Day Devotional Guide For New Growth. It's available for download on Amazon. Feel free to follow me on Twitter at @ericspeir