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Make it Personal
Discover what God wants from you in particular
Now that you know what’s important, you might be thinking, “Great, now I really can’t get it all done!” After studying and praying you may have added entire new categories to you list of “things to do”. If so, please know that God never asks anything of us that we can’t do, or that he is unwilling to help with. He has equipped you to do all he has called you to do.
My intention is not to add on to the work you already have. I hope to help you sift through all of the choices calling for your attention and to focus on the things that God has given you. If you have discovered some areas in your life that need more attention, don’t worry, we’re not just going to add those on to the top of an already too-high pile. We’re going to take a closer look and determine what needs to be added or continued in “What does God want me to do? and what needs to be let go of in “What does God Not want me to do?”
What does he want Me to do?
Part of God’s way of equipping us is to give us unique personalities, gifts, and talents. Psalm 139:13 says; For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. God is not just aware of your unique mix of gifts and limitations, He made them. When he tells us to train up a child in the way they should go, and in keeping with his individual gifts and bent, there is an implication that we aren’t all the same, and that we are given different jobs. (Proverbs 22: 6, Amplified)
I believe that as godly women, we all have the same general priorities, and were called to build our homes. But this calling can play out in different ways for all of us. While we are all called to honor and help our husbands and love our children, there is room for individuality in how we do that, and even more so in how we serve those outside our families.
God is a God of order. He is also a God of peace. It would seem to me that he would not want us running all around trying to do every good thing that presents itself.
When everyone tries to do everything, we end up with a big pot of everything soup, and not with a beautiful tapestry, knit together by God. Instead, it seems wise to me, for us to get to know the person that God stitched together, and make our choices based on our individual gifts, passions, and even limitations.
Do you ever stop and ponder the array of interests and passions that are represented at your church? Does it ever seem odd to you that someone would be so passionate about something that you hardly even think about? Who is giving us our passions? Do we choose them and then offer them to God in Christian service? Or is God the author of our passions, interests, and bents?
Did you ever consider that the things that stir your heart are the very things you are personally being called to pursue? Psalm 37:4 says Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. I have loved this verse ever since God showed it to me as a young wife. All I wanted was to “grow up” into a beautiful godly woman who could be an example to younger women. When I read this verse I knew that by delighting in the Lord, my desires would be his desires, and he would make them a reality. Someone later suggested that this verse may mean that when you delight yourself in the Lord, he determines the desires of your heart, he gives you your passion.
I think both views work together. When we walk with the Lord, he gives us a calling, and a heart to pursue it. If there is something that you find yourself naturally gravitating to, something that needs workers, then you can probably feel safe in assuming that this is where God wants you to be.
Do remember to keep you passions in balance with your priorities. Don’t get so involved with your work at church or another organization that you neglect your husband and children. Even at home we can let our passions and interests take over. Don’t let the pursuit of a new interest, even if it’s good, cause you to neglect something more important.
Also keep in mind that God may ask you to turn your heart and your abilities toward a certain cause for a limited time. If you suddenly find yourself captured by a particular cause or concern, go ahead and ask God what he wants you to do. And be open to letting it go when you have done what he asked of you. There is a season for all things, some seasons are longer than others.
What about the things you’re good at? Could it be that God put that talent in you because he wants you to use it for his glory? If God has given you a gift, don’t be shy, use it. Be careful not to overlook your gift because you are looking for something bigger, or more important.
I Corinthians 12: 12-27 says; “ The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Now the body is not made up of one part but of many. If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. 1f the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body.The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has combined the members of the body and has given greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.”
Some gifts come with a title, some are more public than others, but none are more important or valid than another. Anything that God has given you to do is important. It may not be as visible, or have as immediate an impact as other things, but be sure that when you are doing what you are called to do, God has it all under control and he will use it to his glory.
Take some time this week to think (and Pray) about what things God has equipped you for. What issues are you drawn to? What are you good at? What do you enjoy? What keeps you awake at night?
Come back next week and we’ll talk about what God is not asking you to do.
See you then,
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Next up; What Does He Not Want Me To Do?