Seeking Gods will for your life can be one of the most frustrating searches that you may ever encounter. Trying to find an outlet for the gifts and ministry that you believe God has given you can be fraught with tears and anger. Knowing the direction God has for your life can be a battle, which if we are not careful, can de-rail your Christian walk.
In this blog I will hopefully, with Gods wisdom, provide some guidelines to assist you from falling into the pit of doubt and despair. To do this I wish to take you to the Biblical story of Moses, who having been brought up in Pharaohs court, thought and acted like the world of an Egyptian. One day after Moses had grown up he went to watch his people doing hard labour so he killed the foreman. The next day he saw two Israelites fighting, so he stepped in to stop the fight and they said to him. “Who are you to be our leader and judge, are you going to kill us?
Because of this he had to flee to the wilderness to escape Pharaoh’s wrath. Moses’ heart was in the right place, as he wanted to free his people from bondage, but he relied on his own wisdom and knowledge, rather than wait for a call and a tap on the shoulder from God.
Therefore he spent, we are told forty years in the wilderness having his heart prepared by God and un-doing all the wisdom and knowledge that he had been taught from his Egyptian teachers. When we go into ministry using our gifts that God has given us in our own time and strength, as night follows day, we will fall flat on our face and in most cases we will run into the wilderness and live for a while in a dark place.
This is not the way to go, for as in Moses’ case we need a ‘burning bush experience’ to set in motion the call of God on our ministry. To be prepared for our burning bush experience we need to keep our spiritual eyes and ears open as we go about our daily life. See Exodus 3
When God believes we are ready he will cause us to see an idea, or catch a vision, or cause us to be interested in something in which our gifts can be used. At this point we need to turn from our daily chores and investigate this burning bush which has aroused our spiritual curiosity.
As we look into this flame that begins to burn in our hearts, we need to listen for God, for at this point he will call us by name. What ever you do, do not fail to hear God speak to you, for here he will give you your marching orders and point you in the way that you should go. But be aware there will be a test at this point, for as in Moses’ case you may be asked to do something that goes against ‘the worlds’ knowledge.
This is a test of obedience. Moses was told to take off his sandals for where he stood was holy ground. In the wilderness it was insane to go barefoot as all types of dangers lurked around ones feet.
We are not told the outcome of Moses’ test but the fact that God gave him the OK to lead would indicate that he obeyed and took off his shoes. At this point do not fail to obey for God may not give you a second chance to use your gifts and talents in the service of the King.
Until we have Gods approval for ministry we must wait until we see the burning bush with our spiritual eye. The enemy will tempt us with all sorts of accusations that are based on the worlds thinking as to how and when we should be using our gifts for God – resist all worldly reasons and stand form against Satan the roaring lion. Think of the temptations of Jesus. Wait on the Lord, as Psalm 27 reads – “Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD
One final word – do not seek and pray concerning how God will use your gifts and talents, no, focus on seeking Gods face, for God will take care of your future ministry. Think of Isaiah who was worshipping in the temple when he over heard God say, “Who will I send?” Seek God and only God for he will take care of all else.
Therefore, holy brothers, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess. Heb 3
With the return of the King just moments away we all have our part to play in ministry, to both the believers who have fallen, and to the non-believer. My prayer is that we all, with up turned face moving from glory to glory, will find our role in the body of Christ.
I am struck by how Jesus' exhortation to "seek ye first the Kingdom and all else will be added to you" certainly applies to this subject. We recently hosted a couple of women who were ordained by a major denomination years ago. They specifically went to a seminary in order to be ordained. This struck me as odd. It seems to me that a person should want to learn all he/she can about God and His Word and then allow God to do the choosing.
Anyway, great insight into a very important subject and I pray others find this blog and get a better understanding of how this very frustrating subject is supposed to work.
Blessings 2 You