Here are 4 things God will do in your life when you are truly walking in his calling for you.
1. When You Are Walking in God’s Calling, He Will Bring Glory to Himself Through Your Service
To fully discover God’s specific calling on your life, you first need to embrace God’s ultimate calling on your life. God’s ultimate calling is the same for all Christians even though his specific calling will be unique for each person. God’s ultimate calling will never change while his specific calling can change from season to season.
In short, God’s ultimate calling for all Christians is that we glorify him in all that we do (1 Corinthians 10:31). However, God calls each of us to bring glory to himself in specific ways that will utilize each of our unique gifts. If God is not being glorified through what you are doing, what you are doing is not his call on your life. The glory of God will always be the first variable to finding your true purpose in life.
2. God Will Cause Other People to Express Their Gratitude for How Much You Have Helped Them as Confirmation of Your Calling
1 Peter 4:10 states, “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.”
Not only are God’s gifts meant to bring God glory, they are meant to bring him glory through the help that these gifts will provide the body of Christ – the church. When you are walking in your calling and using your God-given gift, other people will be genuinely blessed.
If you try to help people by offering them counsel but no one seems to ever receive it or most people end up offended rather than blessed, this probably means you are not called to be a counselor. If you really want to sing but people find it hard to listen, this probably means God is not calling you to be a worship leader. But if when you counsel, teach, serve, administrate, sing, or do anything to help people – and people really seem to benefit from your efforts, this is a good sign that God is telling you that you are walking in his calling for you right now.
3. You Will Have Hard Days, but God Will Give You a Joy to Keep Going When You Are Walking in Your Calling
Many people miss their calling because they imagine that the road signs along the way will be marked by exuberance, perfect joy, and intense daily pleasure. But this is certainly not the case. When you read the Bible and you look at the men and women who were clearly walking in God’s calling on their life, you will not find perfect earthly bliss and a trouble-free life.
Hard days don’t mean you are not exactly where God wants you to be. The real sign that you are walking in your calling is when God gives you the strength and energy to keep going even when the days really are very hard. When you are using your gift to serve people and glorify God, the Lord will not make your journey perfect. But he will give you the joy and motivation to keep going in the direction he wants you to go. For as Philippians 2:13 (NLT) states: “For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.”
God not only equips you to walk in your calling, he will also encourage you and give you the inner desire to do what he wants you to do. Certainly we will sometimes have to force ourselves to do things we wish we didn’t have to do, but when you are walking in your calling there will also be another desire in your heart that will drive you forward because you will know you are pleasing the Lord as you fulfill his will for you.
4. When You Truly Find Your Gifting, God Will Also Help You Accept What Gifts You Don’t Have So You Can Focus More on What He Has Called You to Do
Sometimes our calling will be hidden from us when we believe we must do everything on our own. When you think you have to have all the gifts, you end up not being able to use the one you truly have. As Romans 12:4-6 explains:
For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them . . .”
So when you are using the specific gifts God has give you and you are walking in the specific calling God wants you to fulfill right now, you will also gain a greater clarity on what gifts you don’t have and what acts of service God is not calling you to do. By fully embracing who you are not, you will be better equipped to serve God and people by being the person he has made you to be.