Finding Your Calling- Nathan Hunt
Hello everyone! Today I am excited to share this blog written by my brother in Christ, NT Hunt! I have known Nathan for many years as he attends our church weekly and is my husband’s best friend. He is a true man of God and has so much wisdom to share with the younger generation. Enjoy!
When I was younger I thought life would be easy. I grew up going to church and youth group. I knew God had a plan for my life. I helped out at my local church and in the summer I would help at VBS. I graduate high school and went to college, while there I began to fall away from God. I started living for myself and seeking my own desires. I felt lost, no sense of direction anymore. Hopelessness began to sink in, I was at a dead end. I still believed Jesus was Lord over all but my late teens and early twenties was for me and my enjoyment. I would tell myself the lie that I would follow Jesus better when I was 30 or so and had my own family.
Jesus had other plans, He broke me. With no direction and no real relationship with God there I was, 23 years old crying myself to sleep on a regular basis. No amount of alcohol or drugs could cover my deep longing to have a calling in my life. It was all emptiness. I started slowly turning back to God. It wasn’t until I was almost 25 years old when God captivated my heart once again. I turned from my old sins and began to seek Him. I started to devour His word and actually follow His commandments. I started to feel a purpose again.
Fast forward to now, 28 years old and absolutely in love with Jesus and never looking back for one second. Serving Jesus and His Kingdom is my life. I know I am not where Jesus is going to have me forever. I know I have not reached my final calling, yet. I am right where He needs me to be for this stage of my spiritual walk. I will remain diligent in my service to Him until He opens more doors that will allow me to glorify Him better. My calling is to serve God and continue to glorify His Kingdom daily.
Many of us struggle with finding our calling, I would like to try and help you to discover that.
What is your calling in life?
What is God preparing you for?
Ultimately He is calling all believers to serve Him and glorify His Kingdom. If you are like me, you may feel lost at times as to how to serve and glorify Him. We are all members of the same body with different functions. (1 Corinthians 12:12-27)
We do not all have the same specific calling. Finding our purpose and calling can be difficult at times, even frustrating. Find comfort in knowing this, your struggle is not unique. Many if not all believers go through this, it is simply part of serving God.
How do you start to discover your calling?
1st and foremost, if you desire to serve God you must have an active, worship filled relationship with Jesus.
What does that look like?
At its basics you should have an act of prayer life. No relationship can function properly without communication. Prayer is essential for a relationship with Jesus, He often uses this time to speak to us. Another element of communication with God is knowing His word, read your Bible regularly. God also speaks through His written word.
be involved in your local community of believers and find ways to serve their. It can be as simple as diligently cleaning at your church or being regularly committed to children’s ministry. Serving at your congregation is huge to finding your calling.
don’t just know the Word of God but follow what He commands us to do with a pure heart.
“Jesus answered, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word. My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. The one who doesn’t love Me will not keep My words. The word that you hear is not Mine but is from the Father who sent Me.” John 14:23-24
In order to love God we must be obedient to him. One of the scariest passages in all of scripture is Matthew 7:21-23. These were people who looked like believers. They cast out demons, prophesied and did many other things in the name of Jesus. However at the time of judgment Jesus says “depart from Me for I never knew you, you workers of lawlessness” Lawlessness here is in reference to the law of God. Obedience is essential to serving God.
So here we are praying, reading The Bible, serving at church and walking out our faith in obedience to His word but we still feel lost and maybe frustrated. Where do we go from here? Simple! We go forward. Take a look at king Davids life in 1Samuel. David waited at least 15 years after being anointed by Samuel to be king of Israel before he became king. David continued to serve attending his family’s sheep and also working in king Saul’s court before he became king and acquired God’s promise of his calling. He did not start right away but he remained patient and served until God prepared him for his calling.
Proverbs 16:9 says “A man plans his path but the Lord directs his steps.”
God will always get you to where you need to go. Are you willing to be diligent and serve Him where you are now? We must be willing to serve God for the long haul and not always seek temporary gratification that is so common in this age of social media. Continually seek to serve God and the rest will fall in place.
Remain faithful, Be blessed
Written by Olivia Mancini