Have you ever wondered if God is calling you into an area of ministry… or to start your own business/organization… or maybe just taking that next step of leadership somewhere in your life and there’s a heaviness on your heart about it?
Here are a few signs it may be a mission God’s calling you to:
- It requires sacrifice.
Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God. Hebrew 13:16
All throughout the bible we see memoirs of God calling out ordinary people into extraordinary ventures that require a great sacrifice- whether that be moving their family, giving up their familiar lifestyles or risking their lives period. Great purpose will always equal a great amount of sacrifice because every God-inspired leader is first a servant to the assignment. A great measure of our heart is invested. An exchange of the most inner part of our life goes with it but it always returns with a priceless fulfillment that money can’t buy. Many times you’ll find yourself going the extra-extra mile financially, with your time and with perseverance. Such sacrifices are pleasing to God.
Side note: There’s a thing to be said about balance. It’s also not healthy to run ourselves ragged and neglect the other important aspects of life like our close relationships and personal health- spiritually, mentally and physically. We want to service God not make the service an idol in itself.
- It requires a leap of faith and is much bigger than you.
A God vision always requires the power of God to come to fulfillment. The whole point is that He gets the glory. If everything was in our own strength and doing then we’d lose witness to the miraculous power of God. It usually requires an element of faith and pushes you outside of your comfort zone challenging you to trust in Him alone at some point along the way. It takes more than most are willing to dedicate to. And that fear will either hold you back from ever achieving anything or you’ll push past it with courage and let God be God in the fruition of this work- making a way where there may presently be no way. I can’t tell you how many opportunities and doors God has opened to excel vision’s He’s given me that shouldn’t have happened the way they did. He is faithful.
- It’s ultimately for the well-being of others.
Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. – Philippians 2:4
If life was just about you or me then why even have other people on the planet? Right? God’s plan for us is never just about us. And we see that consistent through all of scripture. It was always about uplifting the life of others and setting them free. His second most important command is that we love people after loving Himself. God doesn’t hand out self-centered plans, that doesn’t align with his nature or his commands. If the vision God’s given you pours out love, wisdom and purpose into the lives of others in some way, there’s a good sign He’s calling you to it. Always do a self-check. Why do I want to do this? What am I trying to glorify? Am I trying to build an empire to my own name? Who am I helping?
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