We’ve all been there – you get a job that seems to be the perfect fit. During the first few weeks, you look forward to learning about everything, knowing everyone and making new friends. However, as you approach your first year or probably your fourth month, you feel lost. The routine became a bore. You seem overqualified or under-qualified for the job. You’re not growing as a Christian and it’s just difficult to stay any longer.
This is not where I am called.
Calling is difficult to determine especially if you are unsure where you excel most. Usually, people perceive their calling as something that would magnify their passion. They consider calling as something that they would enjoy, with no suffering that comes with it, but only joy and willingness to do what they love.
In your current job, you might feel like the work you do isn’t matched to the skills God has given you. You can do so much, yet you’re limited to only a specific set of tasks. Are your “gifts” being put to waste? Are you missing out your chance to accomplish your true purpose? Ask God. You were given those gifts for a reason, but God also gave us the free will. Ask Him. Even if we have all the considerable skills in the world, still He desires our complete submission.
These skills are not wasted when they’re not your investment on the work you do. You can still maximize those skills during your free time. God supports your growth, if He blesses the intentions of your heart. In the first place, He gave you those skills. But more than our capabilities, at the end of the day, if you put your “self” in the center rather than on God, He is not glorified. If you just use your own strength for your own glory, it is likely that you would rely on your works instead of counting on God’s grace.
Your calling is not a matter of what you can do for God, but of how happy your heart is to serve Him regardless of where He places you.
Stated in this verse is what we were called to do specifically as God’s sheep, “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.” Matthew 28:19-20 ESV.
In the blueprint God has prepared, we take stopovers and u-turns at moments of doubt. When He points us to a direction that seems unfavorable and difficult, we take a step back. We convince ourselves that this is not God whom we hear, and we no longer seek the knowledge of His will. On the other hand, when we want something so bad, we easily see signs as God’s confirmation of our requests. We put meaning behind messages that God did not send us in the first place, causing our desires to hinder us from the way of truth. Like the story of Jonah in the Bible, we get to the point where we refuse to accept God’s sovereignty over our lives.
Learn from Jonah.
When God commanded Jonah to preach against a great city named Nineveh, he ran away from God’s call and rode on a boat heading to the opposite direction. As the ship sailed, a strong wind hit the sea and frightened the men onboard. When they cast lots, the sailors threw Jonah out to the deep waters and a huge fish swallowed him. He stayed in its belly for three days and three nights and during those times, Jonah realized that it was only God who can get him out from there. By experiencing this low point in his life, He thanked the Lord that he was still alive, prayed and cried for salvation. The merciful Lord listened, and the huge fish vomited Jonah out into dry land. After all that happened, Jonah submitted to the Lord and went to Nineveh to do as he was instructed.
Just like Jonah, we depend on our own judgment before we act. Sometimes, we disagree with His plans and reason out to Him. We align the Lord’s purpose to our initial plans and treat it as an “add-on” to better our way of life. However, no matter how we control the circumstances, there is no escape from God’s call. (Psalm 139:7-12)
Do not be anxious. God hears your prayers.
Is it really God shifting the gears? Being the author of peace, your spirit will know when God tells you to take another direction. You’ll find clarity and wisdom when you seek His guidance first, to have the desire to go where He calls you. His answer may not always be “yes”, but He knows where you are most fruitful. There are probably challenges arising where you are now, but sufferings are opportunities to ask God. Trials give us the humility to know Him. Continue to seek God, as He gives us the grace to endure the pain. He will move you from glory to glory, so have courage. Do not to escape trials when things do not go your way.
If God really wants you to move to another workplace, doors will open even if you’re not knocking. You will notice that the transition will go smoothly as if the opportunity was made for you. He will lead you where you’ll expand His vine.
If you’ve been praying for a breakthrough in your career, keep praying. God hears you. If you’re not there yet, just trust that God is working on His plans always. Whether you are staying or leaving, remember that our God is a faithful god. He will provide you with resources so that you may accomplish His will. In His word it says, “Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:5-7 ESV
Cheer up! God appreciates a joyful heart that endures for His name’s sake. Do not quit believing!