Go For It!: Motivating Christians To Do God's Will Submitted by: Jeremy G Woods
Do you feel called to the ministry or to the mission field? Has God laid something on your heart for you to do, but you're not sure whether it's God calling you or if it's your own desires? What if God were calling you to do something other than what you are doing right now? Noah had a job before he was told to build the ark. Abraham was a childless husband at the age of almost seventy-five when God told him he would be the father of many nations. Moses was a shepherd before he was told to lead the Israelites out of Egypt and into the Promised Land. David was a shepherd boy before he was crowned king of Israel. Jonah disobeyed before he told Nineveh to repent, and he still had a sour attitude afterward. God used regular people to do great things. If God is choosing you to fulfill a calling, then He can use you, too.
There are five easy questions to ask yourself to tell if you're called to something or if your calling is just your desire:
1. Are you keeping in touch with God?
2. Are fellow believers affirming that this is God's Will for you?
3. Do you tend to sway from potential calling to potential calling?
4. Is what you feel called to do contrary to Scripture?
5. If you end up not doing what you are feeling called to do and end up doing something that you feel underqualified for, or doing something that you really don't want to do at all, will you still praise God?
If you are not feeling called to missions or the ministry, first pray that you will clearly hear what role God has for your life. Find people in your life that do have a calling and help them fulfill God's calling for their life. Christians are the body of Christ, and it takes all Christians involved to fulfill the Great Commission that we find in the Bible in Matthew 28. Mentoring high school students and college students is also a great way for you to get involved in ministry.
Whatever your role that you end up playing, make sure to make prayer an important part of your decisions. Once you have figured out your role, prepare, and then go for it!
Biography: Jeremy G Woods is a native of Huntsville, Alabama. He graduated from the University of North Alabama in Florence, Alabama, and has also taken some seminary courses through Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He has published four books that are available online. Jeremy is available at 256-658-8346 and firstname.lastname@example.org. You can purchase his book "Go For It! Motivating Christians To Do God's Will" on Amazon.