17 Jan Identify your call
Without a clear direction and well defined destination, we will end up anywhere.
“When the purpose of life is not established, abuse of that life is inevitable”
The call of God over our lives is our clear direction of travel. That is what scripture referred to as the race set before us. (See Hebrews 12:1-2) God’s call is the assignment we are made to fulfil. It is the primary purpose for our lives. It was signed and sealed by God and delivered to us when we were born. It is a problem we were destined to solve. God saw a need and created us to meet that need. See what God said about Prophet Jeremiah below.
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.
God’s assignment for us should be the boundary through which we live out our life and ministry. Operating outside this boundary is already an error that needs to be fixed. Could you be busy doing another man’s work? Or expending resources where God has not called you to? It is true that we may be busy with the minor things of life at the expense of the major ones. I once heard a preacher said it this way, “we major in the minor and minor in the major”. We go in the opposite direction to what God has called us to, and sometimes even with great tenacity and speed. Unfortunately, speed is of no relevance if we are travelling in the wrong direction.
One easy way to identify your call is to identify those things you are passionate about. They are usually pointers to what your call is. Bishop T.D. Jakes said it this way, “If you can’t figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right into your purpose.” Also, in his book ‘The Assignment’, Mike Murdock gave us some pointers on how we can know our assignments in other to accomplish our life’s goals. Some of them are quoted below.
“Everything God created was created to solve a problem”
“What you love is a clue to the gifts, skills and wisdom you possess”
“What grieves you is a clue to something you are assigned to heal”
“Never stay where you have not been assigned”
“Completion of your assignment is your enemy’s greatest fear”.
The above is just five out of so many facts shared by the man of God; I strongly recommend ‘The Assignment’ by Dr Mike Murdock for more insight in this area.
Focus your energy on where God has assigned you. This is because focus has the power to make you more productive.
Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them: Any kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and a house divided against itself will fall.
Avoid double-mindedness in all areas of your life because it only leads to instability. Being at peace with oneself is also another way to define singleness of mind. Having one mind on life issues will help us maintain focus and will yield good results.
But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
Note: Except where otherwise stated, all scriptural references are taken from the New King James Version (NKJV) of the Holy Bible.