Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the One He has sent.” John 6:29 (NIV)
How can we know what God is calling us to do? There are so many activities in the world today, fighting for our attention. One way to figure out God’s call is to journal. As you read your Bible each day, jot down verses that God has put on your heart to do. Pray over which direction He wants you to take. Then either wait patiently or take a step, depending on what He calls you to do.
Last fall I jotted down three things God was calling me to help with at church. When a friend called and asked me to pray for the Women’s Ministry, I said “yes” because that was on my list! When another friend called and asked me to help with Sunday School, even though I love working with children, I said “no” because it wasn’t on the list God had given me. It helps to already be in His Word and know His call before these questions come. Satan can even use good activities to pull us away from what God wants us to do.
Several years ago I started writing My TEA CUPP Prayers. At that time God called me to write and to be the best wife and mom I could be. Three times I read in my Bible not to turn aside to the right or to the left. But then the Sunday School superintendent at church retired. Everyone was praying for someone new to come forth. I knew I was qualified, but did God want me to do that, too? I loved that sort of job. What was I to do?
I prayed. I did not veer to the right or to the left. And guess what! Another wonderful lady volunteered to be the Sunday school superintendent! Praise the Lord! Praise Him that I didn’t jump into the position, and mess up His perfect plan. This other lady had an opportunity to serve, and I could continue to follow God’s call for me.
But that Satan is relentless. A short while later I was at my friend Jeni’s house working on our photo scrapbooks. I love putting my photos in scrapbooks. It was a long time prayer of mine to get them organized, and I was finally doing it. Jeni was in the business of selling supplies. She wanted to get out of the business and was wondering if anyone was interested in taking it over? The Lord knew I would like to do that, but that wasn’t my call. I had to pray hard for Him to keep me on His straight and narrow path.
My friend Melissa says the road to heaven is not wide. The road to heaven is narrow, like walking on the edge of a sword blade. One can easily slip and fall. The sword can separate friends and family. The road is that narrow and that sharp. It is so important to know God’s call for our lives, so that we can stay on His path. Satan would have us veer to the right or to the left, distracting us from our dream and our goal. We must keep our eyes on Jesus and His call.
Pray that God will show you His call for your life in His Word, then write it in your TEA CUPP journal. Pray that He will give you the strength to obey and follow His call. Pray that He will bless your efforts and you will stay on His path.
Have a beautiful day journaling God’s call for you! Keep pressing on!
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”
Matthew 7:13-14 (NIV)
For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
Matthew 4:12 (NIV)