Divine Guidance: Uncovering God’s Calling and Serving With Your Gifts

By Caitlin Lucas

If you’ve grown up in the church, you’ve likely heard repeatedly how each one of us is woven with a unique set of gifts and talents, intricately designed by the Creator for a divine purpose. And while that sounds amazing, the pressing question often lingers – what are my unique talents, and how can I use them to glorify the Lord?

As followers of Christ, our calling goes beyond mere existence; we are called to thrive and make a kingdom difference. As someone who doesn’t have it all figured out, but is learning to walk in their calling I’ve found it comes down to faith and devotion to discover those talents and receive the joy and fulfillment that comes from operating in our gifts.

If you find yourself unsure of your gifts today, there are a few ways I believe we can best discover them: through His word, prayer, and wise counsel.

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Psalm 119:105, ESV)

My first suggestion is always straight into God’s Word. Beyond its timeless wisdom, the Bible serves as a divine roadmap for our lives. As you engage with His word, pay attention to the verses that resonate with your heart. Let the Word light your path, offering clarity on the unique calling God has designed for you.

“And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it,’ when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.” (Isaiah 30:21, ESV)

I’ve learned that God often speaks to us in whispers rather than these thunderous roars we sometimes expect. Take moments of stillness in prayer and reflection to listen attentively to the nudges of the Holy Spirit, for it’s in the quiet where God often plants the seeds of His calling.

“Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors, there is safety.” (Proverbs 11:14, ESV)

God often uses the wisdom of others to guide us. When uncertainty clouds your next steps, seek counsel from trusted mentors, pastors, and fellow believers. Their experiences and discernment can be instrumental in navigating the journey of discovering and fulfilling your calling – the key word being “trusted.”

Ultimately, walking in your calling demands faith. Trust that God has equipped you with the skills and talents needed for your purpose. In moments of doubt, lean on His promises, and let your faith propel you forward. Know that the faithful God who called you is steadfast to see you through.

January 1, 2024