Have you ever felt the Lord calling you to do something for His Kingdom? About five years ago, I felt that tug for the first time in my life, and I took a step in faith. I immediately saw the Lord working. I had never experienced before the thrill of truly being a vessel for change. The passion and excitement that filled my entire being felt like no other. I was Ready. To. Go! With some great ideas in mind and the gift of gab to make headway, my pursuit for the Lord commenced full speed ahead. If He was with me, who could be against me, right?
During the first year or two everything went so smoothly, and I truly believed the Lord was guiding my steps because everything I was trying to do was coming to fruition. However, with each little success, I put another little feather in my own hat, and as my ego inflated, the lines between God’s will and my actions became blurred. You see, I had convinced myself that since He was with me and He called me, no one could be against me. What I had lost sight of though, was—was I with Him? Was I continually seeking Him for guidance?
Fast forward one year. Many challenges began to arise as this new change was implemented. Frustration, dissension, and hardened hearts followed. My ego took a huge beating, and I immediately defaulted to a defensive mode. But this is what God called me here to do! How can people not see that this is what is supposed to happen?
Then one morning, a very dear person whom I have always loved and respected shared a devotion. As she spoke of how the Lord gave her 1 Peter 5: 5-7, I knew deep in my heart they were words the Lord wanted me to hear.
“….God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”
And that’s exactly what I had to do. In the long run, yes, God’s will was done and change did come where He called it. But change also came in me. I learned so much during those five years. Even as one of the most challenging seasons of my life, I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Because now, as I am feeling that tug again to do something for His Kingdom, He has given me insights I never knew before.
I pray that if you have been called by the Lord to do His will, no matter what it is, please be encouraged to:
- Seek Him first and continually.
- Humble yourself.
- Know that He loves you no matter what, and your worth is not tied to the job He is calling you to do.
- Recognize the people He places before you are also His children.
Thank you for letting me share.