Tuesday 17 July 2012



Who does this dude think he is?

Trying to be a newscaster … more so in foreign news channel.

He will surely fail. It’s like trying to fit a square peg into a round hole.

That’s what happens when we have absolutely no idea of our calling in life.

Many well-meaning believers are deeply involved in a particular ministry—meeting diverse needs, spreading themselves thin, “fighting fires” with leaky hoses and blunt axes. But if they don’t have a clear understanding of their primary calling in life, they won’t be effective.

Philosopher and theologian, Dr Ramesh Richard, once challenged some leaders to reduce their life work to one word, which to him is “proclamation”. We too need to find that “one word” that best describes our life work.

Do we know God’s calling for our lives?

Do we think it is possible to know this calling?

Do we think God is willing and able to show it to us?

How can we know His calling for our lives?

God’s destiny for our lives had been determined even while we were in our mother’s womb (Jeremiah 1:5).

When we seek Him earnestly, He will show us His plans for our lives:

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:11-13).

He is not only willing but able to lead and guide us if we trust in Him:

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
    I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.
Do not be like the horse or the mule,
    which have no understanding
but must be controlled by bit and bridle 
    or they will not come to you” (Psalm 32:8-9).
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
 in all your ways submit to him,
    and he will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

 When we come to a fork or crossroad in life, we know we need guidance. How can we know God’s will for our lives? We can only hear the Shepherd’s voice if we belong to Him, earnestly seek His guidance and are willing to obey.

When we step out by faith to embrace God’s calling, we need to focus on His promises rather than obstacles.

By embracing a God-inspired vision, we can live purposefully—by design and not by default. The movers and shakers in society and church are those with clarity of purpose and vision. Unless we have a mental picture of a desired outcome in the future, we will never arrive there.

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