When I was first graduating high school, there were so many things I enjoyed doing and some of those things I was pretty good at. I had a lot of different interests so when it came to finding my purpose and call in life, I was utterly and completely lost. I see a lot of people who have the opposite of this problem, but still can relate to my struggle of being lost on what God has called them to do. Just like everyone else I was clueless in which direction I should head, not because I didn’t know my gifts, but because I was not grounded in my identity. I had an idea of who God was, but had no idea what He said about me. I think a lot of people might think one is ‘lucky’ to know what they are good at or what interests them, and that is true if you have one set goal in mind, however when you have multiple things tugging at you and pulling you in multiple directions it’s hard to pinpoint where you should move. If you have no target to hit, you cannot miss, but if you have multiple targets to hit, and should only hit one, you might feel a bit anxious about your next move.
“For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance. ”
You can know your gifts and talents, and you can even be walking in them right now, but that does not mean that you are anointed or called to do whatever it is your doing with them. In an earlier post that I wrote on my blog, The original Call, I talked about my struggle with letting go of artwork as a sacrifice to let God know I was ready to commit to Him fully. Perhaps you’re talented in something, but you might not be called to do that thing. I think when God is in what you’re doing He will send clear signs, such as open doors and favor. It might not be the easiest thing to walk in all the time, but with God it will seem easy to those around you because it will come naturally for you. When I did art years ago, I remember I would work endlessly to improve so I could be better than most. I didn’t have godly goals when it came to that talent, which was crafted over years. Do I think God will still use talents and abilities you have that are not your main purpose? Yes, I definitely believe so. The more you follow God and let Him shape your desires, the more He will illuminate what it is that you’re called to do. Do not be afraid to try new things until you find what it is God wants you to pursue in your life.
“Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”
The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”
“You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.”
Honestly, if I sat down and talked with a lot of Christians today, even more experienced christians, and asked them “Why are you doing what you’re doing now?” They might know the answer deep down, or would be completely clueless as to the true purpose behind it. Why did I include experienced christians, you might wonder? Because even they can lose sight of what God told them to do. Just because you know your call, doesn’t mean the devil won’t come to try and hinder you. The main plan of the devil is to try to get you off track of what God has originally spoken to you, like Eve, and has purposed for you to do on Earth. He wants you to forget what God has spoken because He knows that if you forget, you have a higher chance in being controlled by your flesh or him.
This is why it is so necessary for us to be grounded and rooted in what God has called us to do. You cannot let distractions or temptations push you out of the line of obedience. You need to continue to trust in what God has spoken for you to do. A huge example of someone who moved outside of the will of God, is King Saul. He knew what God spoke, but would often be pressured by the crowd to do what he felt like he wanted to do. In reality, Saul just wanted the praise of the crowd. King David, on the other hand, sought the Lord before he went through with what the crowd was speaking and therein gained more praise from the crowd than Saul did. He stayed in tune with the voice of God and only acted when God spoke for him to do so.
Perhaps you have multiple talents, gifts, and interests that are nudging you in different directions or perhaps you currently have none and don’t know where to go, just know that when you pick one, it’s good to stick with it and continue to move forward. God almost wants us to have ‘tunnel vision’ when it comes to our purpose. He doesn’t want us to stay stuck in a world of moving back and forth from one purpose to the next. If you try one thing and it does not work out, do not be afraid to move on if you’ve tried it a few good times, but don’t get in the habit of switching your ‘call’ every few seconds/weeks or even months.