Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.
During my teenage years, I was at a weekend retreat with the youth group of a local church. The worship was great, the speaker was excellent, and the presence of God was there!
After the message, there was an altar time for people to give their lives to the Lord and to seek clarity and calling. I went up to the front because I wanted to know what God was calling me to do! As I tarried at the altar, I heard a pastor go up to the guy next me and say something along the lines of, “God told me to tell you…”.
I knew God was moving that night and I so badly wanted to hear something from Him.
Eventually, the service came to an end and I hadn’t heard from God. Disappointed, I went back to my room where my roommates were talking excitedly about what God had done in them that night.
I didn’t hear the voice of God that night, and frankly, I was frustrated. My parents were counselors for the weekend, so I went up to them to vent.
“God spoke to basically everyone BUT me! Why did I not hear from him when I was seeking clarity and direction?”
My mom then told me something I will never forget.
“A lot of those people that God spoke to tonight, may not hear from Him for a long time. But you did hear from God today, as you do everyday.”
She went on to commend me for forming the habit of daily Bible reading and prayer. My mom was telling me that by opening up God’s word everyday, I have the privilege of hearing from Him.
So often, Christians are wanting to hear the voice of God for direction and clarity, but they neglect to read the Bible!
I wanted to gain clarity on what God was calling me to do and where he wanted me to do it, without realizing that I already knew my calling: fulfill The Great Commission.
I wanted to hear God say, “Go to this place and do this thing.” But God had already said it: “Go to all nations and make disciples.”
I was so caught up in ‘where’ God wanted me to serve, that I was forgetting the ‘what’.
The ‘what’ is universal and can be done from wherever a believer finds him/herself.
Next time you or someone you know says, “I wish God would tell me what I’m supposed to do with my life!”, point them to the scriptures and tell them, “He already has.”
Do what God has already said to do, wherever He has placed you. He will work out the rest.