Hearing God’s call and voice can be difficult in your life.
For some, it is easy and clear to know a mission has been given to them. However, many times it is hard to know what is going on and what to do.
The answer to this predicament can be found in three steps:
If you choose to be a missionary and take God with you, He will bless you. If you choose to coach a soccer team of uncontrollable 4 year olds and take God with you, He will bless you. If you choose to travel and take God with you, He will bless you.
Now the only question is the matter of, “how do you take God with you?” It is through embracing humanity’s precise destiny of becoming the definition of love itself. Adhering to the blueprint of the heart of God, which is called, tuning your voice.
We will never love perfectly and we will never know God perfectly. That is a side effect of His infinite nature. Getting to know him will take eternity, which leaves us chasing a definition with endless possibilities. And technically that demands that we be changing throughout our entire lives and eternity for the better.
However, that can only be done if we’re honest with ourselves and accept where we’re at, because technically if we don’t know where we’re at, we’re lost and we truly won’t know where to go. To find out where you are in your degree of chasing God, you must evaluate how much of a priority God is to you. Are your appointments with God as consistent as your Snapchat streaks? As consistent as your devotion to some TV show you watch every week or day at an exact time?
I’ve embraced this concept for the last few years and my appointments occur about every 42 seconds in detailed self-screening and analysis of all of my actions, thoughts, and words.
Did I truly listen to what that person was saying? Did I ask questions that longed to know their heart deeper? Or was I too busy thinking about something “more important” than their own heart? Did I assume the best of them? Was I patient, kind, and understanding, yet realistic with them? When responding to their views, was I reacting out of an emotional coping mechanism? Was I genuinely excited about their good news? Did I actually learn something new from the Bible or was I just reading to read it? This is called tuning your own voice. There is no limit to how beautiful your voice can get.
If you’re wondering what God’s plan for your life is or wondering where you’re supposed to go–your answer is perhaps that the plan is to have no plan so that you are always open to make decisions in conjunction with God. Your answer is, God’s call to you is to take Him with you.
Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord , “plans to prosper you (pretty general) and not to harm you (pretty general), plans to give you hope (pretty general) and a future” (NOT the exact one and only future I have planned for you).
If you wish to harmonize with the voice of God, first you must start singing (making decisions for yourself, have a voice of your own), tune your voice throughout the song of life (have those decisions align more and more with God’s character everyday), and take Him with you. For what God really wants is not to tell you what to do, but to have your heart. God and His voice do not desire to sing alone and tell you what to do all the time. He desires a duet.
Andrew Barcenas – Bonus Week Staff Member