When discerning direction in life, I sometimes experience trouble knowing whether God is actually leading me. Input comes from so many sources – parents, friends, competitors and our own internal conflicts.
Add to these:
Even pride…all play their part in distracting us.
Though I hesitate to suggest a formula of any sort – here are three little questions that help me discern God’s direction in my life (in no particular order).
Here are a few misunderstandings to the call of God that I find very helpful.
Most are adapted from Introducing World Missions, by Scott Moreau, Gary Corwin and Gary McGee. Published in 2004.
Misunderstanding 1: The Call is a Definite Event
Often God guides us into what He would have us do.
“Guidance” will happen throughout our life time.
Sometimes it is a vision or dream.
Sometimes it happens in a flash.
Sometimes it develops over time.
Consider the consequences of hearing a call to serve God with your life but not stopping to listen for how to live out the call (in what career, in which country…for how long?).
So how does God call us? What does it feel like? Is it a onetime thing?
Here is another perspective on the Christian life.
“But I tend to believe that people who just want a cheap way out of their life can find zealotry in a lot of places. The true life of a believer is one of a longer, more hazardous or uphill pilgrimage, and where you uncover slowly the sort of illumination for your next step.” (Bono in Conversation with Michka Assayas)
People these days (especially students) are always asking questions related to the certainty of God’s call on their life. Though I have taught on the subject on a number of occasions, I have yet to figure out how such a common concept remains so hard to define when push comes to shove!
This week I will post three quite different perspectives. Though not entirely opposing views, which ones do find more helpful? Here is quote #1: