Here we go, a new year. For many, this is a time of turning the page, taking a fresh look, setting goals, making resolutions or some other form of reflection and vision. The suggestion of the calendar leads us to a new beginning for areas of our lives we want to improve.
I’ve heard so many people talk about wanting to know and walk in God’s plan for their lives. They want to do what they are “supposed” to do and are still seeking the place they feel is reserved for them. The elusiveness of that sweet spot is often complicated by their interpretation of God’s need for them to be “in ministry” in the context of calling.
When Moses was having the tabernacle built at the direction of God, he identified craftsman and put them to work doing the things that they were good at. In Exodus 35, 30-33, it is described as, “See, the Lord has . . . filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, with intelligence, with knowledge, and with all craftsmanship, to devise artistic designs, to work in gold and silver and bronze, in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood, for work in every skilled craft.”
These were not preachers or teachers, they were craftsman filled with the Spirit of God to do the things they were good at for His glory. Moses called those who not only had the skill, but whose “heart stirred him” for the task at hand. The calling was to those that were, 1) gifted with skill and 2) passionate.
As you look forward to the new year, consider:
- What things are you filled with the Spirit of God to do? The greatest indicator of what those things are can be found in what you are good at.
- Make a list of what you are gifted at . . . how He made you.
- Then ask Him to search your heart and show you the passions of your heart. What gets you fired up?
- Now, where are the overlaps between skills and passions?
- Those areas of overlap are the beginning of vision and from there you can take steps towards your destiny.