How many of us have asked the question, “How do I know what God is calling me to do?"

“How do I know if what I’m feeling led to is really from God or if it’s from me?  What if I don’t feel like I’m hearing anything? What if I kind of feel something but it doesn’t make sense, it’s not in my skill set, or I don’t know how to get started?”

I can’t tell you how many times I warred within myself and in prayer over whether or not a ministry or action step was something God had laid on my heart or whether it was something I just wanted to do.My answer to these questions is simple: “Say Yes.”

If you want to know where you can serve God, where He wants you, what He wants you to do, then start praying. Every day. He'll speak to your heart. The answer may sound like something way outside your realm of possibility or skill set, but just say yes.  Try it out.

And hey, if you get it wrong and it's not the direction/action He wants you to take, So what? At least you are pursing Him.

There is no failure in that.

“But what if I feel like God is telling me to do something I’ve never done before? I’m too young in my faith. I’m under-qualified.”

This I can tell you with certainty -- so are the rest of us. We’re all too young in our faith! We’re all unqualified. But Jesus, based on his track record, hardly ever utilized the (quote) qualified (unquote).

Trust me, there were tons of Pharisee’s He could have chosen for His work. They knew the Old Testament inside and out. They studied it daily. Their life goal was to keep it’s every command for crying out loud! But who did He choose to use? Little ‘ol uneducated fishermen. He chose to dine with tax collectors and to stand up for the prostitute.

“Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you. Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to share those who are powerful. For God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important. As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God.”
(1 Corinthians 1:26-29) 

When you pray, ask God how you can be involved in His work daily. What comes to mind? Don’t dismiss it. 

Having a joyful spirit can turn a life around - I’ve seen it. Being obedient in investing in the lives of people - that’s life changing. Traveling to another city, state, or country to tell a stranger that you love them, but that Christ loves them more - it earth shaking, not only for the people God sends you to, but it will change YOUR life as well.

So do it. Sign up for that ministry at church. Buy a meal for a family in need. Sign up for that mission trip!

Here’s the thing, guys. God doesn’t need us. He wants us. He wants us to experience life alongside Him. He wants us to learn and grow and heal through that.



This post has been adapted from my original post on July 25, 2013
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