Self Evaluation Question 1: Am I Sure Of My Calling? – Coaching Session
TRANSCRIPT: Self Evaluation Question 1: Am I Sure of My Calling?
Okay my first one…I won’t take the time to write all of them …I ask myself this every 30 days, ‘Is my calling, is my calling sure?’ Ask it another way, ‘Am I sure of my calling? Am I sure of my calling?’
Now gang, in the United States 50 years ago everybody talked about ‘calling’. There was no such thing as jobs or careers in church work, because church work didn’t pay enough and nobody even thought about church work being an industry and there being executive teams and compensation programs and career tracks, and all of this stuff. You were either called by God to go into the ministry and gave your life to it no matter what, or you were called by God to stay in the market place. There were just two choices essentially. Again, a homemaker situation either a father or a mother choosing to raise kids for awhile. Get it.
But, so, what I had to decide when I was in the market place and I received this dramatic calling from God, I just went, “Oh wait a minute. God, what are you doing? I don’t have the personality of a pastor. I don’t have the patience of a pastor. I didn’t really like the church I grew up in. I don’t like other pastors that much. But you’re calling me out of the business world. I love the business world. I’m successful in the business world. I love business people. I love the action, the thrill, the adventure, the risk”. And God’s like, “Bill, will you trust me with your life? Do you believe that I might be wise enough and I might be good enough to chart a future for your life that is better than the one you would chart for yourself? I said, “You’re not that good …you’re not that wise!” But He wore me down and finally I realized God might be wise enough and He might love me enough to be able to chart a course for my future better than the one I was charting for myself. And He called me out of the market place to start a church in a movie theatre.
Open question here, no wrong answer, no wrong answer… How many of you have ever felt God call you in any way? Will you raise your hand? Yeah, it’s not all of you but many of you. When God calls you, it’s powerful. You realize with 7 billion people on the planet, here’s the transcendent God coming to you and saying, “I’ve got a role for you to play.” And you’re like, “Are you kidding me? You love me that much? You’re asking… really? Okay!”
Now, when you’re sure of your calling, you will do it with confidence, you will do it with a kind of determination, you will do it with a spirit of perseverance. Why, because you’re such a great guy? No, because you’ve been called by such a great God. Every leader, every 30 days in my opinion, has to revisit the question, ‘Is my calling sure?’ Because if it’s sure then that’s end of discussion…I’ve been called. Stop playing the victim. Get up. Go do your job. God will bless your life. If you’re going over that question and you go, ‘You know what, I don’t think God has called me to this anymore. I think He has released me from this calling. I think He’s trying to give me a new calling’. Great! Now you know what to pray in earnest about for the next 30 days. God clarify my new calling. Give me a new calling, God. And if He does, great! …go on to that. If He doesn’t, you better be faithful to the prior calling.
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