"But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you."
- Matthew 6:33 (ESV)
I used to be passionate about helping people to find or create their own purpose in life. Little did I know, though, I was leading people down the wrong path.
When I was a kid, I loved to play hide-and-seek.
I remember this one time when I played hide-and-seek with my brother and sister in a department store. I must've been about 5 or 6-years-old.
We always tried to find ways to have fun while our mom shopped, even though she told us not to hide under the display tables.
I didn't listen.
I remember hiding under this one table and thinking to myself, "They definitely won't find me here!" After a few moments, I came out from under the table with a huge grin on my face because I thought that I outwitted my siblings.
To my surprise, my brother and sister were nowhere to be found. And not just them, my mom wasn't around either.
The department store was huge, and I was so little. I started crying. Where's mommy? Where did everyone go?
A sales associate came up to me, and I told her I can't find my mommy. She took me to the checkout counter and called for her over the loudspeaker. A few (long) moments later, my mom came running to get me.
I didn't have to find her, she found me!
I was thinking about how that story relates to our walk with God. Before we were even born, He created us for a purpose (Jeremiah 1:5).
We don't have to find or create a purpose for our lives. We don't even have to find God. He's already present, and He already has a calling for us.
I don't know about you, but I'm guilty of spending a lot of time in the past trying to figure out a direction for my life. But I realized that I was spending more time seeking direction from God then actually getting to know Him.
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness,
and all these things will be added to you.”
— Matthew 6:33 (ESV)
God wants us to have a relationship with Him first and foremost. I made an idol out of finding my calling when I should’ve just been centering my focus around getting to know God and letting Him reveal to me how He wants to use me today.
And every day.
In this season of my life, one of the things I’m called to do is lead worship at my grandma’s church. No, I’m not a soloist, so you can imagine how perplexed I was when I was asked to take this position.
I’m also called in this season to lead a Bible study, serve in a ministry that feeds underprivileged communities in New York City, do missionary work in Jamaica, and help my 91-year-old grandma.
Those are just a few things.
Our calling isn’t always just one thing. We can be called to do different things daily and seasonally.
I was listening to one of Steven Furtick’s sermons this week, and he said, “You don’t have to find your calling. If you serve your purpose in the season you’re in, your calling will find you.”
I love how he phrased that.
It’s a simple equation: seeking God daily and being obedient to what He’s telling you to do will result in your calling finding you.
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
– Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV)
I didn't listen to my mom in the department store, and therefore I got lost. But even in my disobedience, she found me.
Regardless of where you're at in your life, you don’t have to find your calling. Seek our very personal God, obey what He's telling you to do, and your calling will surely find you.
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You were born to do great things.