4 Steps To Confirm God’s Calling
December 20, 2017
by Alex Anderson

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Sometimes it can be hard to tell where our ambition comes from.

Our dreams almost defined our childhood, growing up.

We wanted to be crawling up walls like Spider-Man, or an astronaut exploring the far edges of the galaxy with lightsaber in hand. Or a princess with a giant castle and a moat and an army of noble knights who protected the surrounding lands from invading marauders. We wanted to drive monster trucks, flipping through the air with no regard for gravity. A traveling explorer, a Hall of Fame athlete, a ballerina, a doctor. Nothing was unreachable—anything was possible.

As we grew up, ambition changed a little bit. As your grew in your faith, you might have dreamed of starting a church. Or a nonprofit organization to change the world. Or maybe you wanted to sing worship music, bringing people back to the world. Or you’re an artist, ready to create life-altering beauty. Or, your dream never changed—and you’re still here, ready to be a doctor or a teacher or a Hall of Fame athlete.

So how do you know that your calling is from God? When is it confirmed that yes, you should spend time and money and resources working to accomplish the dream that’s been on your heart for years?

Here are a few qualifications that might be helpful in determining whether your calling is divinely inspired.

It’s helpful to others.

The Lord is more concerned with how you’re contributing to the Kingdom than your career success. If your dream is centered around looking for ways to help people and point them towards the throne, then you can be sure that you’re on the right track for reaching the plans that the Lord has for you.

Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed.Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow. Isaiah 1:17

It brings glory to God.

God’s glory is the goal of all things. We were made for it; it’s why we exist. He cannot be compared. He is worthy of all things—infinitely perfect, infinitely great, infinitely holy. And God made everything for his glory. If your dream is from the Lord, then it will ultimately give Him glory. A dream that goes against His Word, or that is unethical will never be from God, because He never contradicts Himself.

That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:10–11

It’s dependent on community.

You can’t have a dream without a community of people around you. It is essential that you are a part of a local church. This is how God structured us—to be in community with people who challenge us and routinely point us back to God. And the local church has a purpose for you: to develop our gifts as believers and confirm our longing and passion for God. Without people confirming our skill and passion, we can be misled very quickly.

Not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. Hebrews 10:25

And we know—it’s not easy.

Mind you, this isn’t something that just happens. You don’t just know. You might have an inkling for how to proceed, but confirmation from the Lord can come in different ways. Our purpose as Christ-followers is to build the Kingdom of God here on earth. And while that’s the overarching calling for each and every believer, each person will have a different role that God will reveal, in due time.

For the time being, it’s important to stay faithful in the place that God has you now. Seek out a mentor who can help guide you as you work to determine your place—and no one is too old or experienced to have a mentor. Everyone needs both a Paul and a Timothy, to learn from and to teach.

Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future. Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand. Proverbs 19:20–21
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