It’s impossible to please everybody, but it’s absolutely possible to please God. That should be our main focus, and the way to discover and test our calling. In Galatians 1:10, Paul writes: ‘Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God... If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ’ (NIV). Here, Paul acknowledges that pleasing God is often at odds with winning everyone else’s approval. When God is our main focus, there’s no need to stress the opinions of others. We should still seek advice from those we trust, but we always have to apply the question ‘does this please God?’ This is also very important when we’re still figuring out what God’s plan may be. If you’re unsure about what God wants you to do next, or what His calling could be, start with that same, simple question. What could you do with your time, energy, and resources that would please God? While it would be ideal to hear our calling in a booming voice, it’s much more likely to be revealed through what we’re already doing, in our talents and likes, or through exploring the Godly opportunities in the places that we find ourselves in. Whether you’re trying to discover your calling, or working to live it out, it’s important to remember Proverbs 29:25: ‘Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe’ (NIV). Whatever you’re doing, do with trust in God and a heart to please Him. Try to put aside any worries that you have about others’ opinions. God will be with you.
Go back to yesterday’s note. Add to it the ways that you think you could please God in the calling that you have already, or may be about to discover. Chat to someone about your calling today, and figure out a next step.
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