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What is God Calling YOU to do? | Biblical Insight for Career and Ministry
The recent emergence of online universities, fuel-efficient vehicles, and mass transportation have opened so many doors for this generation. Today in the 21st century versus just 20 years ago, the phrase “You can do anything if you put your mind to it” is becoming even more of a reality. With so much opportunity and so many options, we may find ourselves wondering now more than ever, “What is God calling me to do?”
Turning to 1 Samuel chapter 16 (NIV), God has spoken some insight to me on his calling for our lives. As this chapter starts out, we see that the Lord was talking to Samuel and hear that the previous king of Israel, Saul, has been rejected by the Lord due to his disobedience –in essence. So Israel needed a new king. God told Samuel that this king was to be one of the sons of Jesse of Bethlehem. His instructions were, “Take a heifer with you and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.’ Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what to do. You are to anoint for me the one I indicate” (verses 2b-3).
So God sent his prophet Samuel to anoint one of Jesse’s sons, but he did not tell him which, not until the time was right. God knew that Samuel –like most humans- would have a tendency to look at the outward traits to determine whom was most suitable. Immediately, when Samuel saw Eliab, he assumed that this was whom the Lord would pick, but not quite. God responded, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (verse 7). So one by one, Jesse began to send his sons in before Samuel, and one by one, they were rejected by the Lord. First Abinadab, then Shammah, then seven more of Jesse’s sons, none of which were God’s chosen king (verses 8-10).
This is where it gets interesting. At this point it seemed as if Jesse had brought all of his sons in before Samuel, and yet the Lord had chosen none of them. Why would God send Samuel all this way just to be humiliated in this man’s home? He’s already told Jesse that one of his son’s has been chosen to be king, yet he has rejected all of them. Is this supposed to be a joke? Where is this son that God has called to be king?
Rather than get angry with God, or lose hope and walk away, Samuel thought outside of the box.
“So he asked Jesse, ‘Are these all the sons you have?’” (verse 11a, emphasis added). Not allowing himself to be limited by the appearance of a lack of possibilities before him, he held onto the faith he had in what God told him: one of Jesse’s sons was going to be king. If all of the doors seemed to be closing, then he, Samuel, must be missing something.
You see, the youngest and most unlikely son, the shepherd boy, was the chosen one of God. This seemed so unlikely to his father that he didn’t even consider him. He didn’t even bother to bring his youngest son up to the house in order to see Samuel, just in case. Sometimes, the person God is calling to do a great work is the most unlikely. In the same sense, sometimes the thing that God is calling us to do is the most unlikely or most seemingly impossible. Maybe you're like David, a mere shepherd boy who never even considered that God may be calling him to be a king. The answer was right in front of all of them all along, but they had already written him off as a possibility because their minds were limited.
Don’t limit your mind today. God may be calling you to do a great work, or he may be calling you to do something not so great in the eyes of the world. The answer may be lying right in front of you; it may have been there all along. Maybe you have already written off something as a possibility, or you’ve written yourself off as a possibility to be used by God. Pray today that God will help you to remove any limitations you are placing on his work with your life today. What is impossible with man, is possible with God (Matthew 19:26).