I have had more than one conversation in the past few weeks with women who have openly admitted that they struggle to know what God is calling them to do. Each of these women in one way or another confessed to me that they truly desired to know what God was calling them to. They have been seeking and searching desperately for it. If we are all honest with ourselves, most of us would say that these questions have crossed our minds more times than we could count. I think it’s human nature to want to know our purpose and our reason for existing.
I don’t know how I feel about the word “calling.” I do know that we are called to things by God, but I also believe that sometimes on the road to searching so hard for our calling, we may neglect our purpose. And that purpose is the same for all believers and followers of Christ. When we receive the Gift of Salvation and accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we commit ourselves to live a life devoted to Christ and making His name known. That is our purpose. The calling, however, puts us on the road where we are obediently walking toward that purpose.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20
My calling could change tomorrow but my purpose remains for all the days of my life on earth. You see, I am a wife and a mom therefore the Bible explains that I am called to submit to my husband (Eph. 5:22-24) and show Him respect as the head and spiritual leader of our home (Eph.5:33). And because I have been given the blessing to be a mother to three amazing children, I am called to teach them and point them towards Christ each and every day (Proverbs 1:8). If I miss out on the purpose of making the God of the Universe known to my family, then I become disobedient in my calling.
I pray that today and every day that follows, you will boldly step up into the calling of the blessings that are right in front of you. Whether it be in your family, your work, your relationships, or your community–be a light and serve the ones that surround you.
Sisters, we have teens and young women coming up behind us that are being pulled into the ways of the world and we need to step up. They need an example to follow, they need someone to look up to and they need women willing to lead them towards a right relationship with a Holy God.
I recognize that we are all at different starting points and different places in our lives but wherever you are I encourage you to start there. Intentionally seek Christ as you rest in Him and allow yourself to be fed by HIS living Word daily. Commit yourself to live your life devoted to the ways of the Almighty. And trust that as you surrender, He will open your eyes to His plan one step at a time.
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Jennifer is first and foremost a follower of Jesus Christ. She and her husband live in Georgia where they raise their three children ranging from seventeen to five years old. She graduated from The University of West Georgia in Carrollton, GA, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication in hopes of pursuing her lifelong dream of being a writer and author. However, that dream didn’t happen right away. While she was in a season of raising children and creating a home, the Lord was calling her closer to His family and teaching her to focus on her eternal home. Her first published book, Growing in God, was where her childhood dream and the Holy Spirit came together. As she continues writing, blogging, and allowing the Lord to grow her ministry, Joyfully HIS, she is also pursuing a Master of Arts Degree in Christian Studies from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
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