3 Keys to Walking with God in Your Calling
Welcome to Day 4 of our #GodlyAdventure. Debbie Kitterman is sharing insight on walking with God in your calling. Read on for three key truths.
Paper, pencils, markers, ruler, tape, scissors, JC Penny catalogs and other magazines were spread across the living room floor.
Plans for future homes and farms which would be side by side were in the making. My friend and I spent hours sketching every detail of our dream homes, horse barns, dog kennels, and more. Everything was meticulously labeled, papers were taped together to make a “blueprint” of our grand designs. Next, we poured over magazines and catalogs to choose furnishings and décor for our homes.
As a little girl, I was creative, care-free, and a fanciful dreamer. I would spend hour upon hour dreaming about what my life would look like when I grew up. That was long before boys, serving God, or the reality and pressures of the real world came crashing in.
The age-old question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” wasn’t really asked in a serious way until I was older, but the question began when I was a young child. My answer then was simple: “A wife, mother, and a writer.” As I grew older, I had the perception, more was expected of me.
I spent a great deal of my life trying to figure out what my “calling” was, let alone trying to figure out how to walk with God through it all. The pressures and demands (actual and perceived) caused me to wander from thing to thing. I became filled with doubt and uncertainty. The pressure only began to ease when I realized God had the answers I was looking for. Letting go of control, I began to trust God, His Word and follow His path.Pressure fades when we let go of control and trust God regarding our calling @Dare2Hear #GodlyAdventure #BloggerVoicesNetwork
Three Keys to Walking with God in Your Calling
It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone. Ephesians 1:11-12 The Message
These verses contain three keys to walking with God in your calling.
Key #1 Identity & Relationship
You discover your identity and calling through your relationship with Jesus Christ.
…It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for.
Have you heard the phrase: “Know who you are and whose you are?”
It’s important that we understand we are God’s beloved children. We have been adopted (grafted) into His family and He is now our Father. (Romans 8; John 15). Meaning we get all the rights and benefits that come with being God’s children.
To discover these benefits, we turn to the Bible. Throughout the pages of Scripture, God has spoken promise after promise to His children (that’s us), which are for us today. In order to fully grasp these promises and to begin walking in them, we need to be in relationship with Jesus Christ, and allow His Holy Spirit to teach, guide and direct us.Before we walk in our calling we must understand our identity in Christ. @Dare2Hear #GodlyAdventure #BloggerVoicesNetwork
Key #2 Trust God
Our calling is revealed to us through relationship with Christ, but we also need to trust that God has a plan for us. Scripture tell us that God was thinking of us long before we ever thought about Him. His plan for our life is to give us a hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11). We may choose our career, our spouse, our hobbies, and other parts of our life, but God created us with a unique purpose and calling in mind.
Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us…
Of course, we have free will and God allows us to make our own decisions and choices, many of which have led us right to where we are now. However, long before we even thought about God or making a choice to follow after Him, He deposited a greater Kingdom purpose within us. This greater Kingdom calling is what gives us greater joy and fulfillment in our life.Trusting God is essential to walking in our calling. @Dare2Hear #GodlyAdventure #BloggerVoicesNetwork
Key #3 It’s Bigger than Me
Our life calling fits into a larger, grander plan designed by God for eternity.
You see, our calling, the thing that makes our heart sing will bring about glorious living. It will bring us the greatest enjoyment and fulfillment in life and can only come about as we first focus on building authentic relationship with God. Out of the overflow of that relationship, He will guide and direct us toward the path and purpose for which we were created.
… He had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone.
As we allow God to guide us, mold us, and develop our skills and abilities for our calling, we must remember God’s plans are always bigger than just us. We need to be prepared to serve and love others as part of our walk with Him. Jesus modeled this in His own earthly ministry.My calling is not just for me, it is for others to bring God glory. @Dare2Hear #GodlyAdventure #BloggerVoicesNetwork
What other wisdom can you apply for walking with God in your calling?
Debbie Kitterman is passionate about equipping individuals to go deeper in their relationship with God, reach their God-potential and claim their Kingdom inheritance. Debbie is an author, pastor, speaker and the founder of “Dare2Hear,” ministry and d2htraining.com. Her writing and teachings inspire faith and build bridges for people to expect the impossible. Her book, The Gift of Prophetic Encouragement: Hearing the Words of God for Others, released August 21, 2018 with Chosen Books.
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I, too, spent many, many years trying to figure out what I wanted to be when I grew up. I taught so that was who I was for years…teacher of children. Then I got older…like in my 30s…then 40s..and it seemed like each decade I would announce to someone that I was still trying to figure out what I wanted to be when I grew up. I was changing and God was working on me in new ways. I came to know Christ at age 45 and the search for who I was…who I am…continued. Then…one day somewhere along the path. He told me that I was His and that He would guide me, He would love me, He would give me the true calling for my life. Now I am in a new season of life, after losing Kenneth to cancer and I am wondering the same question in a different way: what do You want me to do with my life, Lord? And I grieve and wait. He knows and I do not need to try to figure it out. Hallelujah!
I am so glad!!
Oh Linda, I am so sorry that you have lost Kenneth, but I agree with you – God knows, you just trust Him and know He will reveal it when the time is right and in the meantime, you grieve, wait and walk forward through the journey you are in now. I know you will begin to discover the next season of what God has for you! Thank you for sharing your journey of searching for who you were to be, and finding Christ. What a glorious change and a beautiful picture of God guiding you.
Loved this … “Our calling will bring us the greatest enjoyment and fulfillment in life and can only come about as we first focus on building authentic relationship with God. Out of the overflow of that relationship, He will guide and direct us toward the path and purpose for which we were created.” Thanks for the encouragement, Debbie!
You are most welcome Alyson! and thank you so much for your encouragement. I am blessed to hear you love the words God gave me to write about this topic. Blessings 🙂
Debbie, your key #1 reminds me of what an older lady in my church said to me every time before I went somewhere with the youth group. “Remember whose you are and whom you serve.” That has stuck with me all these years. 🙂 Blessings to you!
Gayl – I love that take – it is so true, we need to remember who we belong to and who we serve! Thanks for sharing and I can totally see why it has stuck with you all these years. Blessings
Thanks so much for sharing the insight you pulled from this passage. I wish I had this wisdom a couple of decades ago! I know it is helping many right now. 🙂
You are most welcome Kelly! and thank you for the honor of being a part of this fantastic series you put together. Oh and just so you know, you are not alone… I wish I had the wisdom a few decades ago too – it would have saved me so much grief and heartache over the years. 🙂
Debbie Debbie Debbie!!!
This so much resembles my own swirvy path!
And “Our life calling fits into a larger, grander plan designed by God for eternity.” — Yes!
I always smile when I read your words. Can’t wait for your next book because I believe it too will minister my heart and my life–I’ve recommended yours to a friend who brought up hearing from God.
Keep on writing as long as God tells you to. Love and hugs!
Oh Meghan, you are such a blessings to me, and do you remember a few years ago when we met over skype that I told you we were a lot alike? We most definitely are. 🙂 I am so glad I make you smile and thank you so much for your encouragement about writing another book, I have a few brewing in my heart and mind, we shall see what direction God leads me in over the next few months. And THANK YOU for recommending my book to your friend. such a blessing in deed and a high compliment. Love and Hugs to you as well.
These are so very good! All so critical! Remembering my calling is bigger than me keeps me going! Thanks for this encouragement! Blessings!
Thanks Liz! and you are most welcome for the encouragement, I agree with you these keys are important and remember our calling is essential to help us keep moving forward. Blessing
Tip one is the biggest key for me. Remembering who I am and that he will equip me to do what he has called me to do. Just knowing he is on my side is comforting.
Theresa – I see key #1 as foundational to the success of walking in your calling. I am glad you see it as the biggest one for you as well. It is comforting to know we are not alone and that He is on our side, isn’t it? 🙂
Visiting from Fresh Market Friday link up. The satisfaction we can feel within when we are walking that path in His call on our lives and when we are fulfilling His purpose is so amazing. It leads our hearts to praise and gives all the glory back to Him. His knowing of the depths of our hearts and how He weaves that all into His calling specifically for us all to fulfill His purpose, as well as drawing us closer to Him is mind-boggling! He know us so much better than we know ourselves!
Hi Cheryl! So glad you could stop by from Fresh Market Friday. You are so right, there is nothing quite as satisfying as when we are walking in the purpose and fulfilling the plans He has for us. It is amazing, and I am so glad that He knows me way better than I know myself. His plans are way better than and I would try to come up with on my own. Blessings
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