From creation to present, God is at work in the world today, and He longs for you to know Him and desire Him more. Here’s how you can come to know God’s glory, how to know God’s calling, and follow the calling that He has for you.
What is God’s glory?
Unlike glory in the sense of material things, such as trophies or money, the glory of God is the radiance of who He is, a magnificence that comes from His attributes.
A Christian’s calling
As a Christian, your mission is to reflect God’s glory on earth. You are part of the body of Christ (1 Cor. 12: 27 NIV) and should join with other Christians to spread the gospel, just as a person’s hands and feet work in coordination to move forward.
When you decide to follow Christ, God’s spirit resides in you and strengthens you to do amazing things in this world. You should be holy because God is holy (1 Peter 1:16 NIV) and because that’s what He has called you to be.
Being a vessel
There might have been a time in your life as a Christian that you were a vessel, knowingly or unknowingly. It’s that prompting, that pulling of the Spirit that guides you to seek God diligently, and do work for God’s kingdom. This work, for example, could be through a ministry that serves the homeless and provides care for those less fortunate.
You fulfill the Lord’s prayer — “Your kingdom come, your will be done” — with every act of God’s Spirit (Matt. 6:10 NIV). The hope and mission of a follower of Jesus are to be a channel of God’s glory upon this world, to show His mercy and His compassion to a hurting world, and to be joyful in times of affliction.
What is my purpose?
When life feels boring or tedious, it’s easy to forget the greatness within you. It’s easy to doubt God and the idea that He could ever use you for something special. But the Lord has chosen the human race to reveal His glory, His likeness. Distinctly unique and divinely called, you were created to magnify God, and show the world His love.
In fact, the Bible shows time after time the incredible ways that God used broken, sinful people for great things. Moses murdered a man (Ex. 2:12), Noah was a drunk (Gen. 9:21), David committed adultery (2 Sam. 11: 4), Peter denied Jesus three times (Luke 22: 54-62), and Paul persecuted Christians (Acts 8:3). These are only a few names on a long list of those who lived imperfectly yet who found themselves doing the perfect work of God.
If you feel as if you can’t find your purpose and can’t be used for God’s glory, know that God can and will use you if you let Him. As Psalm 34:18 reads, “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit,” (NIV). You are exactly whom God wants, nothing more, nothing less. If you’re brokenhearted and crushed in spirit, God is right beside you, waiting for you to call His name, and pursue the calling on your heart.
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