How do I know what my calling is as a Christian

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How do I know what my calling is as a Christian

Let’s start at Romans 12:2 (NLT) Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

When he says let God “change the way you think,” I think he means to soak your mind, marinate your mind, saturate your mind with the word of God. The Christian mind is shaped by the word of God, all the while praying, “Oh God, shape me. Oh God, make me. Oh God, bring me into conformity to this word at the depths of my being.”

Discerning the will of God assumes a renewed mind.

Out of that renewed mind, and prayerful experience, what the mind does to discern a call to missions is to take seriously these seven things.

Grace-Wrought Gifts

The renewed mind takes seriously your spiritual gifts. What are they? God is not calling you to do something he has not gifted you to do. 

1 Peter 4:10 God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. That is what gifts are: varied grace incarnates in human personalities, which we steward for the good of others. Do you know how God is gifting you in this way?

Moving Needs

The renewed mind takes seriously the needs that you see in the world and the ones that move you most deeply. 

Practical Knocks

The renewed mind takes seriously its skills. By this I am not thinking mainly of spiritual gifts, and they may overlap but of practical skills that God may put to use in a special way in some context. Take, for example, finances or carpentry or organization or dozens of possible abilities that may flourish in an especially helpful way on the mission field.

Recurrent Interest

The renewed mind takes seriously recurrent and growing interest and awareness of a place or a people. When God is moving someone into missions, he is ordinarily giving them a recurring, not just a splash in the pond; a growing interest and awareness of a need he is leading them to.

What are you reading about? What are you investigating? What do you return to again and again? What are you finding compelling as you ponder the needs of the world?

Desires

The renewed mind takes seriously the growing desire of the heart for the work of missions. (1 Timothy 3:1). 

Local Confirmation

The renewed mind takes seriously the affirmation and confirmation of the local church. Part of the experience of the local church is to confirm our gifts and to confirm our desires and to confirm our skills and to confirm our compassion. Without that confirmation, we will tend to be loners who very easily mistake God’s leading.

God’s Glory

The last thing I would say is the renewed mind wants to glorify God above everything. We want to see the glory of God celebrated in the world. Ask yourself: “In all these things, are we pursuing the glory of God? Do we see what I am being led to as what would glorify God most?”

So, immerse yourself in the word and pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Take these seven factors seriously, and the effect will be that you will know eventually.

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