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In today’s Proverbs 31 devotion, The One Thing We All Have In Common, I shared about the countless emails I’ve received from women around the world over the past couple years, who have seen God take difficult or painful circumstances and turn them around for something good in their own life, and for God’s kingdom.
Each of these stories tugged at my heartstrings, but also served to further prove that when God says He can use all things for good for those called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28), He wasn’t kidding.
But how do we know if we are one of those who are called?
The simple answer is this: if you are a believer in Jesus Christ, you have been called to use your life to glorify Him.
God calls all of His children for unique and divine purposes. It is our choice whether or not we say yes to that call. (click to tweet)
So that leads us to another question … what are we actually called to do?
Although our purposes vary from one individual to the next – we all share one common purpose, and that is to glorify God — by using our spiritual gifts, but also by tapping into the unique ways we have been equipped by God through the experiences of our past.
The first step towards discovering God’s purpose for your life is to believe that He actually has one for your life. (click to tweet) His call is for everyone – not everyone ‘else’. That includes you. 🙂 Once you’ve accepted that as truth, an amazing journey of faith, adventure, fulfillment and purpose can begin.
Below are a few thoughts to help you begin discovering and confirming your divine calling and start seeing with new eyes how God has divinely designed your life for a very special purpose, which will glorify Him and spread His light to a hurting world.
1) Think about what you are passionate about. What do you enjoy? How could do the things you enjoy doing, and the things you are gifted at, to glorify God? Ask for a burning desire to use your gifts for His kingdom.
2) Think about where your passions intersect with ministries already in place, and get involved. Recognize that getting involved might be out of your comfort zone, and that’s exactly where God can do His best work.
3) Look for confirmation of your calling through people and circumstances. When God wants to get a message through to our hearts, and He knows we have open spiritual ears, He will speak loud and clear in a variety of ways. Remember, there’s no such thing as coincidences, only God-incidences.
4) Saturate your life in prayer and spend time in God’s Word. Ask God to confirm through scripture what He is calling you to do, and how He has equipped you to do it.
5) Take a look back at your life. That’s sometimes hard to do, but God has a divine calling on your life not despite your past, but because of it. Your life has equipped you to serve in a special way that nobody else can do; to comfort others in the way that God has comforted you during times of need. Do an inventory of what you’ve experienced, and how God brought you through that, and pray about how you can use your experiences to help others find hope too.
As promised in today’s devotion, I’m giving away two custom mugs with the Your Life Still Counts logo and theme verse, to put your favorite beverage in to enjoy during your quiet time, but also to serve as a daily reminder that you matter to God. (one mug will have Romans 8:1 from the P31 devotion, and one will have Romans 8:28 from the blog post)
To enter to win, simply leave a comment sharing one way God has used an experience of your past to draw you closer you to Him, or to equip you to help or comfort others in a unique way that glorifies Him. Winners will be announced and emailed on Tuesday, May 22nd, 2015.
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