Stepping Into God’s Calling On Your Life

When I was first called into blogging, I doubted.  I questioned the very prompting that was placed upon my heart.  “Who? me God?  Surely there is someone else more suitable for the job?”  That is not the way one should react when asked by God to step into her calling.  I questioned and doubted because of my lack of ability.  Oh but God is above all that.  We can learn a valuable lesson from when Moses was called to lead the people Israel out of Egypt.

 

When Moses Was Called To Lead

 

“”Now go for I am sending you to Pharaoh.  You must lead my people Israel out of Egypt.”  But Moses protested to God, “Who am I to appear before Pharaoh?  Who am I to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt?”
Exodus 3:10-11  NLT

Moses responded to God with a question and was no doubt thinking about his own short comings.  Yet God created Moses for a time just as this.  He had created Him with the background, the upbringing, and the voice that would lead Israel out of Egypt.  God already knew the outcome, where Moses was unsure.  I can resonate so much with Moses at this time because I think of how many times I’ve muttered the words “who am I?”.  Funny thing is that Jesus knows me better than anyone else and He also knows you better than you know yourself!  Moses was perfectly selected for this job.  There was no one else better suited.

“God answered, “I will be with you.  And this is your sign that I am the one who has sent you:  When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God at this very mountain.”
Exodus 3:12  NLT

 We are each called by God to use our talents to share the Gospel. How important is it for us to use what we have been given as Christians? Step into the calling that God has given you and don't let fear persuade you to waste your skills.

Moses Argues about His Calling

 

Sadly Moses doesn’t stop here with God’s response.  Instead Moses goes on and on, arguing with God about the very purpose he is called for.  Moses continues to doubt and asks what if, how, and why questions.  God kindly responds and promises provision and miraculous signs that Moses would be able to carry out in order to show that he was truly sent by God.  Over and over he was reassured, and yet…Moses made excuses as to why he didn’t want to step into his calling.

 

How Are We Like Moses?

 

Have you ever felt called into a specific area?  Do you know that you have a special talent that God has gifted you with?  We are each made to be incredibly unique with a certain set of skills that will honor God’s name and further His Kingdom.  Perhaps you are a singer, an artist, or a writer?  Maybe you have a knack for graphic design and media?  Have you felt an urging placed upon your heart to get involved with Church or Ministry?  No talent is insignificant, each one you possess can potentially serve a purpose if you allow it.  Talents are a little different from spiritual gifts because they are individualized.  No one else can fill these shoes of yours exactly the way that you can.  Your talents are one-of-a-kind and specifically assigned to you.

 

While we may be inclined to shy away from our calling, God says that we must step up to the plate and be obedient to His voice.

 

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The Three Servants and Their Talents

 

The thing about these talents is if we are not careful, we can waste them.

 

Have you ever read the parable of the three servants in Matthew 25?  A Master called his servants together and he gave money to each one to keep for him according to their abilities to safeguard while he was away on a trip.  One invested his money and doubled it.  The second did the same.  The last servant dug a hole and hid the Master’s money.  When the Master returned from his trip he asked for an accounting of how they had used the money.  The two servants who invested and doubled the money were praised and entrusted with more.  They were celebrated.  The last servant gave excuses as to why he hid his Master’s money, and was labeled as a wicked and lazy servant.  What he had was taken from him and he was cast out into darkness.

 

I don’t want this to be me.  The third servant hid his money because he feared that he would lose it.

 

I want to hear “Well done my good and faithful servant” when I enter those pearly gates.

 

In order to be used effectively, we cannot be persuaded by fear.

To Those Who Have Been Called To Write…

 

Have you been called to blogging?  Is the Lord prompting you to start a blog just as He did with me two years ago?  There is something special that I have to share with you.  You see, Moses did not feel that he was a good speaker or that he would be able to have the words.

 

“But Moses pleaded with the Lord, “O Lord, I’m not very good with words.  I never have been, and I’m not now, even though you have spoken to me.  I get tongue-tied, and my words get tangled.”  Then the Lord asked Moses, “Who makes a person’s mouth?  Who decides whether people speak or do not speak, hear or do not hear, see or do not see?  Is it not I, the Lord?  Now go!  I will be with you as you speak, and I will instruct you in what to say.”
Exodus 4: 10-12  NLT

Do not be afraid to get out there and start writing because God will be with you instructing your every word.

Not only does he enable us but He has set us apart to step into our calling.

If you’d like to read more about how to get started as a blogger then please read this post here by Carmen Brown.

 

Be Blessed!

 

 

 

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    • It can be difficult to really trust in where God is leading us. There are so many distractions in the world that will try to move us into a different direction. I find that when we turn everything off, His voice gets louder and more distinct. His word brings so much confirmation to what has already been laid upon our heart. God bless you Joy!

  • What an encouraging post, Natalie! Boy, I needed to hear this.
    I like how you remind us not to let fear be our deciding factor.
    When I contemplate the most amazing experiences God has given me, or used me in in life, I think most of them started with fear. It is so neat to see Him be the strength when we are weak.
    Blessings
    xoxo

    • I’m so glad you were blessed by this post Paula! I get so excited to hear how God is using my writing to speak into lives. He surely is our strength! Thank you for stopping in!

  • What a blessed post, Natalie! I could relate to each and every line you wrote here today. I have always wondered if the Lord can truly use me as a pen in the blogging world, and if I am even capable to do so.
    I too, wish to hear, ” well done, you faithful servant” when I see my Lord face to face one day 🙂
    Called to proclaim His divine Word !!!

    Diana -http://dianasdiaries.com

    • I happen to believe that you have a special gift Diana and the Lord is using you powerfully through your words! Thank you so much for stopping in today. Be blessed friend!

  • Hello Natalie,

    This post is much like my very first blog post, “Blogging: Uncharted Waters.”

    But while I wrote a post very similar to this one, I find your words ringing in tune with my heart. My blog has been up and running for not quite two months and I am questioning that this is what God has for me. However, when I got started I believed with all my being this is what God wanted me to do. I still think that it is, but my resolve is starting to waver.

    I think this post is just confirmation that I am supposed to be doing this. When I think of my long term goals with my blog I get so excited, I’m just struggling right now.

    Thank You, Natalie!
    In HIM,
    Na’omi
    RoyaltybyGrace.com

    • Hi there Na’omi!
      I just love when the Spirit puts similar topics into our hearts like that. Not only are you supposed to blog but you have been called to it. Take it from me when I say that at one time or another we all question the call (especially when it gets tough), but it’s important to stay persistent. In prayer and in blogging. I’m so thankful you stopped in!
      Blessings!

  • I can identify with these feelings because I fight them quite often. God uses other people like this blog post, books, or ministries I follow to bring me back to the place where I know He has a purpose for me and has equipped me to fulfill it.

    • Amen Barbara,
      I’m so happy to read that this blog post has had an impact on you. All glory be to God! Each one of us is equipped and only need to be obedient, He does the rest. I’m so happy you stopped by : )

  • Oh, the reminder that Moses, too, felt unqualified. It’s hard to step out in faith when you’re quaking in your boots. Just like God did for Moses, He provides help to us through encouraging friends, family, and church leaders. Step out in faith we must. Thank for your encouragement to walk in obedience to God!

    • I’m so happy that this post was an encouragement to you Cathy! The reality of Moses’ testimony slammed into me like a ton of bricks…because really it’s not about what we can do but what God can do through us. God bless you!

  • I don’t want to be the third servant either. I have so many activities/talents I truly enjoy doing. As an adult is when I truly began to figure out that there are things about me that are like no one else, so sometimes I feel like I’m playing catch up. And for this reason, I’m constantly trying to find new ways of pulling my talents out and using them. Through blogging, I’ve realized that even though I can’t use my talents in my everyday work, I can still have an outlet. I’m so happy to have read this post, thank you for sharing.

    • Hiya Jen,
      Thank you for sharing a little about yourself. I long for the day when my talents generate an income. How wonderful it must be to be able to use your God given abilities at work. Blogging is definitely one of your talents and I’m honored to be able to know you as a fellow Grace Girl : )