By Helen Calder
You are created on purpose, for a purpose—to love God and to have a destiny that impacts the lives of others. Here are 5 Biblical truths about your God-ordained calling, with some thoughts for personal reflection:
1. Your Calling is Where Your Dreams and God’s Intersect
‘For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.’ (Eph 2:10)
Deep in your personal DNA is the blueprint of your Creator. There is a dream—a vision for your future—on the Father’s heart for your life. This is your prophetic calling. Personal prophecy often taps into this.
Because of this pre-ordained destiny, there are desires that God places within you. You dream because He dreamed first. Sometimes, those dreams are dormant and they need to be discovered and stirred up.
What dream (vision and desire for your future) is the Holy Spirit stirring in your life at this time?
2. Courage Arises when Your Desire is to Make the King’s Dreams Come True
‘David longed for water and said, “Oh, that someone would get me a drink of water from the well near the gate of Bethlehem!” So the three mighty warriors broke through the Philistine lines, drew water from the well near the gate of Bethlehem and carried it back to David.’ (2 Sam 23:15-16a)
What distinguished King David’s ‘mighty men’ from all the others in his service? They lived for the King. Their dream was to serve him and make his dreams come true.
It was the warriors who were intimate with the King who heard the desire of his heart. These were the ones who rose up and performed great acts of bravery. The king’s dream and theirs were one and the same.
Be someone whose greatest desire is to make your Father’s dreams come true. Live for the King’s pleasure—and you will discover the greatest fulfilment of your prophetic calling possible.
3. Don’t let the Enemy tempt you with a Counterfeit Calling
‘The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.’ (John 10:10)
A counterfeit prophetic vision appears real, but is a false and misleading picture of God’s purpose for our future.
For example, it can happen when we serve fear, selfish ambition, ease, or another person’s vision for our life. The distortion can be subtle and lead us unwittingly down the wrong path. We are serving something other than Jesus.
A counterfeit destiny satisfies the soul for a time, but there will always feel like there is something missing. You may be using your talents and gifts. You may be even be fulfilling some personal aspirations, but it’s not God’s highest call for your life. It’s not your prophetic calling.
Take time to check. Ask the Holy Spirit to align your heart and dreams with the dream God has for your life.
4. You Can’t Fulfil God’s Dream for Your Life in Your Own Strength
‘Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.’ (John 20:21-22)
The assignment God has for your life is always going to be greater than you can accomplish in your own strength. You cannot complete it alone. You need the empowering of the Holy Spirit—His Presence and enabling power.
God has provided His Spirit, and also everything that you need ahead of time by His command. (1 Kings 17:9)
So dream big. Don’t let fear and intimidation steal your prophetic calling and assignment for God. Let God enlarge your dreams. And instead of shrinking back, receive a fresh infilling of the Holy Spirit for what is ahead.
5. Obedience is Costly, but the Reward is Priceless
‘…those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.’ (Rom 8:5b)
Pursuing God’s calling for your life will lead you to a series of intersections. You may be at one right now.
And at that intersection there is a price to pay. You can take the easy road, the road of comfort or indecision—and delay the fulfillment of God’s call on your life. Or you can take the high road of faithfulness and obedience.
Obedience is not about performing to a standard or following a set of rules. It is about aligning your life to the Person of the Holy Spirit.
This means dealing with issues of sin or attitudes that the Holy Spirit is bringing into the light. It means getting out of your comfort zone to follow God’s plan for your life and live for Him day by day. It means being available to God to help making the dreams of others come true.
Obedience may be costly, but the reward is priceless.
The prize is unity and intimacy with the Holy Spirit now. It is in the lives of people touched for eternity and a legacy to pass on to the next generation.
So go—live your dreams and in so doing, make the dreams of God for your life come true.
— Culled from the enliven blog