What do I do? What decision do I make? Life is full of questions and one thing is for sure, this will not change anytime soon. But sometimes we have a gut feeling something is right or wrong. When presented with the option to come to Jersey and leave a ministry we loved, when presented with the option to plant a church, when presented with the option to adopt three children from Uganda, we had to make BIG decisions, and we couldn’t just trust our gut. These decisions were full of faith, uncertainty and a lot of trust. BUT how do we know whether or not we are called to do something? or rather, IT?
The distance between our current reality and our calling is RISK.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5
So back to the question; Should you do IT? Are you called to IT? Is it a deep conviction? Here are some things to do when you are unsure if IT is for YOU. And a little hint, you probably won’t be 100% sure, that is ok. God likes us to step out in faith! You CAN’T please him if you don’t. (Hebrews 11:6)
You Might Be Called to ‘IT’ If…
#1 You can’t stop thinking about it – Ever had a moment where you KNOW you heard from God and then time went by and you just COULDN’T get that thought out of your head? Yep – that is sometimes how it works. You didn’t think it, God put it there. If you can’t let go, you MIGHT need to do it. Here is a hint: If there is a scripture that lines up with it, BINGO! Even more confirmation.
#2 It will cost you everything – If you are going to do something that is a GOD sized idea, it won’t be cheap and easy. If it is, it probably ISN’T from God. God calls us to a faith based relationship with him, not just a facts based relationship.
#3 You use every possible excuse not to do it – Reasoning yourself out of following God is a recipe for deep pain. Remember Jonah? He didn’t want to go to Nineveh, so he ran as far as he could. Not good. Trust me, the vision God has shared with you will find you out. It will be a sobering revelation about your level of trust in God.
#4 You are one of the few who can actually do it – Why do you think you have that skill, speak that language, possess that gift or have the resources and finances to pull it off? Some things just make sense and you need to stop running. God has positioned you for it, equipped you in it and empowered you already. Go do it!
#5 You are terrible at what you do now – Ever seen someone who is ATROCIOUSLY misaligned with their organization or personal skills? What a waste. We all have, and I’m guessing you’ve been there. If you don’t fit, move on. God has something better for you. Relax and trust because that is why he gave you this vision and called you in the first place. He KNOWS!
#6 You notice the people around you suffering because of your lack of willingness – If we don’t follow God’s plan we can hold our family, our co-workers, our church, and those around us back. When you are the ‘bottleneck’ and the stumbling block to people around you, maybe God is calling you on. It’s ok! Change is part of life and it doesn’t mean you aren’t valuable, it means God has a better spot for you!
It is time! Go and do IT!
Join us for our New series beginning June 26 – Overboard – Things we say to God
June 26 – I Don’t Want to July 3 – Help Me!
July 10 – I Don’t Agree God July 17 – I Won’t Approve God
Josh is the founding pastor of 217church, a multi-site, contemporary church in Mercer County NJ. 217church is a family with small groups in New Jersey and Pennsylvania that meets Sundays in the Hamilton AMC24 Theater 10:00am and Sharon Elementary school in Robbinsville, NJ at 11:00. Our new Robbinsville/East Windsor Campus meets every Sunday. If you are looking for a church in East Windsor NJ, Lawrenceville NJ, Ewing NJ, Robbinsville NJ, Hightstown NJ, Hamilton NJ, Mercer County, Middlesex County or Bucks County, PA, we would love to have you join us. Don’t miss our weekend services. Visit www.217church.com for more information. or watch a weekend message here