Last week’s blog gave an overview of how to know what God want you to do for Him, what’s your mission here on earth. It’also important to know what isn’t of God., because distractions exist that will mislead you so that you’re not working on what God has assigned you to do.
The first distraction is personal. It’s easy to convince yourself that something you really like to do is your purpose here on earth. That’s most likely true of your vocation. What you do for a living is mostly your decision. It should be something that you have a natural ability for doing and like to do. Then it will most likely be compatible with what God wants you to do because He is the one that gave you the ability to do your job. It will most likely harmonize with your heavenly calling. Even if it isn’t exactly your calling, your job can be used to help follow your personal commission from God.
The second distraction is from the devil.. He’s been distracting people from God’s work since Adam and Eve. He has lots of experience and he’s good at it. He throws all kinds of distractions in your way, stumbling blocks that lead you away from what you should be doing. His main weapon is pride. He’ll lead you into doing things for your own sake, to make you look good in front of others. Remember that our job as Christ’s ambassadors is always to make Christ look good, to make others want to follow Him.
You should look good in the sense of others seeing Christ’s light shining out through you. It’s not people thinking what a great person you are, it’s people wanting what you have. And, what you have is Christ. This takes a lot of soul searching on your part. What is your motivation for doing what you’re doing. Are you doing it just because it’s fun, or because you get the credit for it? Then it is probably not your calling. Or if it is, then you’re going about it in the wrong way.
All of this is confusing. It’s hard to sort out what we want from what God wants because human elements get in the way. So, how do you find your true direction in life? Guidelines exist in the Bible that will point you in the right direction. If what you’re doing is consistent with those guidelines, and not for self fulfillment, then you’re on the right track. Let’s look at this from God’s perspective. That will help keep you on the right track. What are you to Him? God created people as His highest creation here on earth. We were given dominion over all the earth and all other creatures. And, we were given a wonderful garden to live in that had everything we needed. God said that making humans was a good thing, and He takes pleasure from us. In other words you were created for God’s benefit, for His sake, not our own.
God so loves you that He had Christ die on the cross so that you have a path to God. It’s the only way to Him. God wants everyone to come to Him ( John 3:16). But of course, that won’t happen. The world has too many enticements, too many things that God intended for us to enjoy as we follow Him. But many people focus on the enticements as an end in themselves, and not as a benefit and a help in following Christ. The enemy puts the miss-directions in people’s minds. It’s your job to help direct them to God.
Jesus told His disciples “If any person will come after me, let him deny self, and take up his or her personal cross, and follow Me. For whoever will save his life will lose it. And, whosoever will lose his life for My sake will find it.” (Matthew 16: 24, 25; Mark 8:34; Luke 9:23 ). This is the key to finding your calling. Your personal cross is your calling from God. Notice that Jesus said your cross. It won’t be as hard as His was, but it won’t be easy. What Jesus was saying here is that if you lose your worldly life to live in Him and He in you, then you will find the life God intends for you. But if you reject Christ for the world you will not find salvation.
So, you are to take up your God-given purpose in life ( cross ) and follow Christ. The next question is how you do that. How do you know for sure that you actually know what your cross is, and how do you use it to follow Christ. He gave you the answer to those questions in the Great Commission: “All power is given to me in heaven and in earth. Go therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo, I will be with you always, even to the end of the earth” ( Matthew 28:18-20).
Jesus first tells His disciples that He has all power in heaven and earth. This is important, and most people don’t realize that these three verses are to be taken together. Verse 18 says Jesus has all power, and verse 20 says He will be with Christians always. Those two verses qualify v. 19. It is only by living in Him and He in us that His power shines out through you, His ambassador on earth. You have your cross for His sake, which is bringing everyone possible to Him ( Matthew 5:5:14-16 ). He further says that the light of the body is the eye, and if your sight is focused on Him, your whole body will be full of light ( Matthew 6:22; read vv. 19-34). This goes to the Greatest Commandment, to love Jesus with all your heart, mind, soul and strength ( Matthew 22:37; Mark 12:30 ).
The point here is that you need to put Christ first in your life and filter everything you say, do, and don’t do, through His teachings and commands in the Bible. This will most likely not be easy, and you may not like a lot of what Christ has for you to do, but it’s in His best interest, and yours, to follow his commands. Jonah hated the Ninevites, but God used him as a sign to them that they should repent ( Luke 11:30 ).
God directed Jonah to the Ninevites in spite of himself. He tried to run away from God, which is silly. How could he run from the One who made and maintains the universe? But he tried. And, God sent him back to them. And, here is a major point: If you are truly living in and for Christ, He will direct you to the work He wants you to do, and away from the world. Situations will arise and opportunities will present themselves that help further your work for God.
Your work for Christ may be intimidating. You may think it’s beyond your ability to accomplish. And you’d be right. It is beyond your ability to do by yourself. But God will fill in where you leave off. Remember, all power in heaven and earth is Christ’s, and all things are possible through Him. Moses found this out when he didn’t think he could get the Hebrews out of Egypt. God even parted the sea so they could cross into safety. All Moses had to do was give the signal and God parted the sea. Your work for Christ most likely won’t be that dramatic, but it will be beyond what you could do yourself. And more importantly, it will be beyond what others think you can do.
The point is that when others see you doing your God-given work they will want what you have that enables you to do whatever it is that God gives you to do. That is God’s purpose in giving you your purpose in life: bringing others to Him.
So to follow Christ’s work, you first have to make Christ first and foremost in your life ( the Great Commandment), and then do the work of evangelism He set guidelines for in the Great Commandment. If you do this, then God will give you subtle help and direction in doing your work. You will work together to accomplish great things for Him.
Prayer is a huge part of knowing what He wants of you. Could you do your earthly job without talking with your boss? You need two-way communication with your superiors to be effective in your job. Without that communication you’d have no idea what the company wants you to do and how they want you to do it. God answers prayer. Sometimes the answer is no when what you are praying for is outside of His will for you. When He says yes, He will help when He knows it’s the right time and place to do it. His timing is perfect, ours isn’t.
The devil will try to miss direct your efforts. He’ll through adversity in your path. Jesus said that in the world you will have tribulation, but to be of good cheer, He has overcome the world ( John 16:33). And, through Him you will overcome the world.
The question arises whether problems you encounter are from the devil opposing you, or is it God telling you you’re on the wrong path. That can be hard to figure out. Here’s the key to figuring it out: If the devil is miss directing you he’ll let you go your own way. If he is throwing up road blocks he won’t tell you how to get through them.
If God is telling you your on the wrong path He’ll give you directions on how to find your way back to the correct path. You’ll find problems going forward, but opportunities will come along that if heeded will get back where God wants you to be. If something blocks your path and you can’t get through a problem, but are directed off in a non-biblical direction, that direction is from the devil. If you get the ability to work through a difficult situation in a biblical manner, that’s Christ helping you along God will never direct you to a path that is inconsistent with what the Bible says you should do.
The point is, of course, that Bible study is mandatory. More on this is coming soon. And, get with a church home that teaches all the Bible together, because everything in the Bible is interrelated and interdependent. Nothing can be taken out of context with the rest.
You now have the method necessary to finding out what it is God wants you to do in this world. Continuing on will take study and a lot of work along with Christ to accomplish your work. Like Moses, all things are possible for you to do along with and through Christ.. And, now is the ideal time to get started.