New Year, New Beginnings
New Year’s are often marked with new beginnings.
All over social me we see people proclaim that this year will finally be their year. They’re going to lose the weight, eat better, write the book, start the business, or do that thing they’ve always dreamed of doing. I’m not too big on New Year’s resolutions, but it is exciting to see people so fired up about achieving their goals.
But amidst the excitement, I’ve met a few people who God is calling to do something great and they are less than excited! Rather than excitement, they are filled with anxiety, doubt, fear, and wondering if they can truly do that thing God is calling them to do. And if we’re honest, a lot of us are feeling this way.
Maybe God is calling you to start a ministry or a blog, to write a book, or to leave the comfort of your career to pursue your passion full-time. Whatever it is God is calling you to do this new year – it feels like it’s too heavy to bear and so much bigger than you. The truth is, it is heavy and it is bigger than you, but you should do it anyway.
Why You Should Do What God is Calling You To Do:
Rather than being succumbed to your anxiety, your doubt, your fears – you should do what God is calling you to do. And here’s why:
You’ll Be Happier When You Do
Let’s consider the differences in the responses to the servants in the Parable of the Bags of Gold (Matthew 25:14-30). For the servants who were faithful to use what their Master gave them, their Master replied:
“…Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with few things, I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share in your Master’s happiness! (Matthew 25:21 NIV).”
While the servant who did nothing with what his Master gave him, was met with a much harsher response:
“His Master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant!… So take the bags of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have will be taken from them. And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Matthew 25:26-30)”.
Ouch! Now, there are obviously extreme differences between the Master’s responses to his servants.
But did you notice that the faithful servant was asked to come share in his Master’s happiness? It’s not that doing what God calls us to do is so easy or free from fear, doubt, or other negative emotions. I’m sure it must have been hard to turn 5 bags of gold into 10 – it probably required lots of hard work, pressing forward, and pushing past doubts and fears. Yet he did it and his Master allowed him to share in His happiness.
God knows that we are happiest when we do the things He’s called us to do – that we are fulfilled when we use the gifts He gave us. Not that it’ll be easy or that trials will not come our way – but that we can share in our Master’s happiness (both here and in Heaven) when we do what He’s called us to do. Sharing in His happiness can be many things – joy in sharing His Gospel, loving His people, glorifying Him with our gifts and talents, getting to know Him more, and the joy of knowing we will spend eternity with Him. Great is the reward for the person who is willing to do what God is calling them to do.
Your Relationship with God is Strengthened
Doing what God calls you to do requires faith, trust, prayer, time, resources, and admitting that you can’t do it without Him.
By not doing what God is calling us to do, we are essentially saying that His grace is not enough. That He won’t make a way for our calling. And that our fears, doubts, and anxiety run our lives, rather than Him.
But by doing what God is calling us to do, we are strengthening our relationship with Him. We are essentially saying that we may not know how to do it, but that we trust God to show us how. That we trust Him more than ourselves.
It’s Bigger Than You
Doing what God calls you to do is somewhat about you – about growing your faith and strengthening your relationship with God. But it’s also bigger than you.
It’s about the people you will reach – the love of God you will share with them through your ministry, business, or book. It’s about people knowing God gets all the glory when they see you couldn’t have done it on your own. That it was much bigger than you.
It’s about the people who will be encouraged to do what God will call them to do when they see you do it. Because, sometimes, people need to see that it can be done!
I’ve been blogging now for just over 10 months and lately, I’ve been having sisters in Christ come to me about starting their own blogs (I’m excited to share them with you soon!). What I started alone, God is now providing others with the same vision and passion for blogging about Christ. And not to say that these sisters wouldn’t start their blogs if I didn’t, but I would have missed out on what God is currently doing. I would have missed out on being able to encourage my sisters to pursue their blogs.
Do What God is Calling You to Do
Don’t be succumbed by your fears, doubts, anxiety, or whatever else – we all feel that way when God is calling us to do something. But do it anyway. In the end, you’ll be happier knowing that you did, you’ll strengthen your relationship with God, and you’ll have done something much bigger than you.
And, who knows, you may be the very reason that someone else chooses to do what God has called them to do.
Is God calling you to do something this New Year? Share it below and encourage someone else to do what God is calling them to do.
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