The Essential Framework for Discovering Your Calling
By Addison Bevere
Purpose. Calling. Destiny. These are some of the most intimidating words in the entire dictionary. And there are some big words out there. Like floccinaucinihilipilification—try reading that in front of your English class. Talk about scary.
As a teenager, I used to cringe when adults would use “the big three”: purpose, calling, and destiny. Often people would ask me, “Young man, what is your calling?” I would usually think, I am only seventeen years old. I don’t even know how to live on my own yet. How in the world am I supposed to know what my calling is?
Of course a response like this was never an option; what kind of seventeen-year-old with a “real destiny” would ever utter such a thing? When faced with these daunting traps of syntax, I would typically slither my way out by responding, “Whatever God has for me.” At the time I believed this was a copout. But now, thirteen years later, I can see that my answer was actually pretty right on. (Yes! Score one for the seventeen-year-olds!)
The truth is only God knows the full story of our lives; so trust, mystery, and faith will always be our companions on the quest to purpose—and God likes it that way. If we knew the magnitude and the significance of His plans for our lives, we would mess them up in our futile efforts to actualize His divine will (which, let’s be honest, is far above our finite levels of comprehension). So trust is a must in this journey with God.
You might be thinking, I know I should trust God, but what does that look like in regards to my calling? That’s a great question! And here is where I go to the ultimate manual of purpose, the eternal Word of God—a very trustworthy source—where we find three important truths:
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” —Jeremiah 29:11
The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand. —Psalm 37:23-24
You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. —Psalm 139:16
The Three Truths:
God has an amazing plan for your life.
God sees the full scope of your life (knows every detail of it).
God will always be there for you, helping you every step of the way.
Your belief in these three truths is paramount in your discovery of purpose. Why? Because these truths are the framework for everything God will do in and through you. However, if the enemy of your soul can cause you to doubt these things, then he can attack the validity and necessity of your existence. (And if you don’t believe you are worthy of a purpose, then you will never discover what yours is.)
The knowledge and application of these core truths will give you the strength to trust in God. And as you trust Him, He will begin to reveal the wonders and mysteries of your calling. Why? Because trust is the evidence of faith, and everything is received from God through faith.
Which of these three truths is the hardest for you to believe? Why?
This is part one of a three-part ebook by Addison Bevere called Identify Your Purpose. Receive the full eBook for free when you sign up for Called, a ten-part course from John Bevere designed to help you unlock and live your calling.
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