Our current series at the church is "The Journey”. We’ve been talking about how the Christian life is very much a journey that works in steps and seasons. When we first accept Jesus there is a journey that has to take place in order for us to move from being a “baby” Christian, into becoming a mature Christian with a bigger concept of Who God is and what He has placed us on earth to do. Throughout our journey our worship and love for the Lord should grow in depth. The more we learn about who God is and what He’s done for us, the deeper our praise, worship and relationship with Him becomes. The more we learn about God, the more we learn about ourselves as well.
One of the harder things in the Christian walk that people deal with is finding what God placed us on this earth to do. To some people it seems to come easily and to others this thing can hold them back for years. I believe a lot of the vision of what we’re here for comes from things in our life such as what you’re passionate about or what you are gifted in. I’ve found that the thing that keeps you up at night, because you love it so much, can sometimes be the very thing that God will use for you to be who He's called you to be.
For example, I am passionate about music. I don’t like to throw a weighty word like passionate around too much, so believe me when I tell you that I feel that way about music! I began my music journey when I was a kid and my mom and dad made me take piano lessons. At the time I despised the thought of playing piano, but over time it grew on me. Piano led to guitar, which led to me playing bass for the youth group, which led to me leading worship at the youth group and somehow eventually I’m on staff at the church over music. I lay awake at night thinking about music, I spend more time than I probably should listening to music every day. I love it and I believe that this love comes from God. Back when I was a zit faced teenager playing bass for my youth group, I didn’t know that someday I would be getting to do music at church as my job. My love for music is what pushed me to grow in my gift and get me where I am today. Take a look at what Ephesian 2:10 says.
Ephesians 2:10 NIV
10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
We spend a lot of time trying to figure out what God has “called” us to do and why we’re here, but I would say that it’s probably been right in front of us the whole time. We just read in Ephesians that Jesus has prepared good works for us in advance to do. The Bible says the He equips those that He calls. Maybe you love working with numbers, maybe you love teaching people things, maybe you love to preach, maybe you love working with children; all of these things that you could be passionate about could be the very thing that you’ve been asking God to show you for as long as you can remember. God doesn’t instill passion for different things inside of people for no reason. I’m not passionate about what you’re passionate about and you’re not passionate about what I’m passionate about, and there’s a reason for that. God places different things inside each one of us and it’s our job to find them out, follow them and become who He wants us to become. We hear people say “Follow your passion!” all the time growing up and I believe that it is some of the best advice you can get.
Maybe you’re in a place where you feel like you don’t know what your passionate about. The way I see it, you have 3 options.
1. Start praying
This is obviously the churchiest answer I could give but it is absolutely something that will help you. I would encourage you to really pray and talk with God. Don’t let the focus of your prayer be all about your issues but focus on building relationship with God. Prayer is not solely about asking God to fix problems in your life but it’s about talking to Him. This Christian thing is all about your relationship with Jesus and not just getting into heaven. When we say “relationship with Jesus” in church we absolutely mean “relationship with Jesus”. Jesus is as alive, if not more alive, than you and I are right now. Talk with Him, leave room for Him to speak to you when you pray. Build relationship with Him and you will see changes in your life.
2. Answer these questions, “What thing makes me come alive?” and “ What thing am I naturally good at?”
These are not easy questions to answer by any means, but what I’m trying to get you away from is asking God to show you what your calling is and start looking into your own heart to try and find what He’s already set there. Sometimes the questions that we seek answers for are found inside ourselves, we just have to be willing to look.
3. Believe in yourself
It’s cheesy, I know, but it is a huge part of discovering what you’re here for. If God has truly placed a passion inside of you for what you’re called to do, then you will absolutely have to believe that you yourself can do it. Sometimes doing whatever it is that we’re passionate about seems like an unattainable reality. I never thought I would be doing what I am doing today and I never thought that i had it in me, but God called me and He equipped me and He’s done the same for you! Follow your heart, trust in the Lord and believe in yourself and you will do great things!