What do you do when you feel called by God, but it is completely the opposite direction of where you are going? Some people don’t believe that God will change your direction, but I know this to be true. Many times you are working toward your dreams, but it is not the path where God is trying to lead you.
I have read many stories where people have been called and, at that moment, they changed directions, because they felt the pull of God.
1 Kings 19:21 – So Elisha turned back from him, and took a yoke of oxen and slaughtered them and boiled their flesh, using the oxen’s equipment, and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he arose and followed Elijah, and became his servant.
I used this verse a few blogs back, but I feel to make this point, it works great here too. What did Elisha do when he realized that God was calling him for greater things? Did he stop and ask questions? Did he complain? Did he say, “But I am plowing?” No, he did NOT! He dropped everything and followed Elijah towards God’s calling for him.
Do you feel stuck between God’s calling and your own desires? What are you going to do? God isn’t going to make you pursue his calling. He will keep nudging you, but that is it. It is up to you to pursue his calling. It is up to you to make that choice.
This choice will always be hard. Many people can make the choice between God’s calling and not doing much with their life. That is an easy one. But when you are already living a good life, and God has called you to change, that is when many people say, “WHOA!” Choosing between God’s calling and a good life trips up a lot of people, so they just keep pursuing their own desires, while God just keeps nudging them.
What if God is calling you to something greater? When I say greater, it may not be something that society sees as greater, but it is greater in a sense that God is calling you there. He would not be calling you to something that is not greater for you.
What if what you see on the surface is small, but God sees it as big? Maybe God is guiding you to bigger things, if you start following his calling? God is not going to give you the bigger calling until he can trust you in a smaller calling.
How many times have you seen people say they know God is going to use them for mighty things, but then say no to God in smaller things, because they feel bigger than that?
I fell into that trap myself. I can remember when we first started going to Savannah Christian Church, I was not going to serve on anything that wasn’t going to be used in a great way. I felt above that. I didn’t know what I didn’t know. I didn’t realize that God will use you to do small things before he will you use to do greater things.
Well, after a little time in going there, I was talking to a friend and someone came to him because they needed help passing the plates at offering. He needed one more person. My friend volunteered me.
Well, the next Wednesday the guy noticed me again and asked if I could help and I said sure. I had no idea what God was doing here. He was finding a way for me to serve without knowing it.
The next week, again, you guessed it, I served again. Then the following weekend I was at church and one of the people who help on Wednesdays saw me and asked me if I was one of the guys who helps on Wednesdays and I said yes. He asked if I could help them with the offering plates and communion. Well, of course, I said yes.
That was almost 2 years ago and here I am still serving on the team and as one of the leaders of it now. I absolutely enjoy serving in that way. If you would have asked me when we first joined Savannah Christian Church to serve in that way, I probably wouldn’t have, because I thought I would serve in my own way.
I have learned a lot from that experience. I have learned that when God wants you to do something, he will find a way to lead you there, even when you do not realize it.
So, if you feel the call of God on your life and it is a different direction than you are currently going, then pray over it hard. Move forward, because you will eventually follow. It will eat you up inside until you finally go where God is calling you to go. It doesn’t matter where, just go.
I know God is leading my wife and I to great things over the years, but I now realize that we will be used in smaller things along the way. That is how God works. Sometimes the smaller things are where you will grow the most while God is working on you for the greater things.
Serve where you are and you will not regret it. Serve with an open heart and follow God where he may lead you.
Ask God to guide you to where he is leading you. Ask him to give you smaller things, so that you can show him that he can trust you in greater things. Ask him to give you the patience to follow even when you don’t understand. Ask him to give you the courage to follow no matter where it may lead.
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