There are people who find everything in life to be a struggle and burden. They find no peace in anything they are doing. The reason is that God created them for a totally different purpose. Walking God plan will always be accompanied with a sense of fulfillment that cannot be explained.
Schools will have career days to help children discover the path they want to take. I have met many people who work in careers because of choices made at those events. Many are miserable and unsatisfied with anything happening in their lives.
Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.
Psalms 139:16 (NIV)
God had all of your days planned out before the moment of your conception! You are not an accident and you do not have to live a miserable and unsatisfied life.
Every unborn baby has a plan written in God’s book. This plan will never be fulfilled if their life is terminated.
For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews’ religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it: And profited in the Jews’ religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers. But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace, To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood: Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus.
Paul tells us that he was separated from his mother’s womb. The word separated means “make holy”. God separated him in the womb and called him to the Gentile nations. This happened before Jesus went to the cross!
God separated Paul to the Gospel ministry before he was born. This is not how we choose people to serve in the church today. We look at their background, conduct personality tests, and even conduct credit reports to determine a person’s qualification to serve in ministry. While these things are important, natural accomplishments cannot qualify us for the service of God.
I once went through the training program for Local Pastors with a major denomination. They had me meet weekly with a pastor, meet with counselors, and sit through several interviews. In just over a year and a half they determined I was fit for ministry and issued a Local Pastors license. At no point in the process did anyone ask me about my calling or conversion experience!
God chose Paul, sanctified, and separated him in the womb. This happened before he had a chance to develop his talents of abilities.
Our calling is not based on our resume. It occurred before the moment of our conception. We did not have a chance to sin or live right before God called us.
Talents and gifts can be an indication of the plan of God. They are not definitive though. Many people have talents and gifts that are latent and have never been tapped into.
God will call us to do things that are beyond our “seen” natural abilities. He knows what we are capable of doing.
No person will step into their real potential until they step out beyond their comfort zone. This is the place that will require us to trust God as our success will not be possible without His help.
We are called to walk in the supernatural. If you limit yourself to your known talents you will never enter into this realm.
“I’ve always been able to speak in public so God must be calling me to be a public speaker.”
This is not how we find God’s will. I’ve known people who were total introverts that became powerful preachers. Standing behind a pulpit is absolutely the last thing any of these people ever wanted to do from a natural standpoint.
A personality test cannot reveal the call of God on your life. They are merely snapshots of where we are today. These tests cannot detect the potential within that is associated with the plan of God.
But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace.
Paul was separated to the Gospel ministry in his mother’s womb. A personality test would not have discovered this!
God did not take into account the time spent studying under the top Jewish scholars when He called Paul. He did not look at what Paul had accomplished for the Jewish religion. God did not look at those things because Paul had not even been born when he was called.
We cannot see the end from the beginning as God does. If it had been up to many of our religious leaders today Paul probably would not even have qualified to be ordained or serve as pastor!
We are carnal and our evaluation of people can only be based on the natural realm. This is why it is so critical for us to learn to be led by the Spirit of God.
I sometimes wonder if we would have chosen Peter over Paul to reach the Gentiles. Paul seemed to be a much better fit for an outreach to the Jewish people. Peter was a fisherman and rough around the edges. It is a good thing that we were not responsible for choosing who would minister to whom!
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