Do you ever wonder what you’re purpose is or if you even have one? Have you ever felt called to do something, but then doubt crept in about your ability to actually do it so you backed away and chose not to do it? Do you ever wonder if you’re effective at the things you do or if people are really listening to you?
I know I’ve wondered what the point is in my blogging at times. Are people really listening? Am I influencing anyone with what I do? It seems like everyone blogs now, so why should I keep blogging when there are so many other voices to listen to? There are many bloggers out there even saying the same thing I’m saying in my blogs and probably saying it better than I could. But as I contemplated these questions and asked God why He had called me to blog, He showed me two things.
One, I have a unique realm of influence that no one else has. There are people who will read my blog that might not read a similar blog written by someone else just because they know me and don’t know the other person. And as far reaching as the internet is, those other blog posts by other people will only come into the paths of certain people who happen upon it or see it shared in their newsfeed, just as mine will. We each have our own sphere of influence, a unique realm that no one else has. Just like what shows up in my Facebook newsfeed is completely unique (no no else has the exact combination of friends and liked pages as I do, so what shows up in my newsfeed is specific to me), the realm of people I have the potential to influence for His kingdom is unique. If I don’t do what God has called me to do, I’m missing out on the opportunity to reach those people.
Two, God reminded me that I am blogging because He called me to, and really, ultimately, for no other reason than that. And He’s more than capable of doing what He wants with it, of making it into what He desires, and influencing whoever He wants with it. So I’m leaving it in His hands to get it to the eyes that need to read it.
Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send? And who will go for Us? Then said I, Here am I; send me. Isaiah 6:8, AMP
Isaiah, in gratefulness, deep gratitude for what God had done for him, that He had cleansed him and forgiven his sins, said, “Here am I! Send me!”
We can praise God with words for what He’s done for us and simply for who He is and we are supposed to do that. But there’s another aspect of honoring him—what does bringing honor and glory to His name look like in action rather than words?
What does “send me” look like for you? What has He been laying on your heart to do, but you’ve been hesitating to do it? What has He called you out to do?
Maybe there’s a friend or co-worker He’s been prompting you to tell about what He has been doing in your life. Maybe there’s some way He’s been calling you to give of yourself, your time, or your resources. Maybe He’s put a desire in your heart to go on a mission trip. Whatever it is, once you know it’s Him telling you to do it, then start taking those steps of faith toward doing it.
Just be willing to go where He sends you, and He will make the path straight.
In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths. Proverbs 3:6, AMP
I assure you, you definitely have a purpose. Your Creator made you for a reason. He desires for you to know Him intimately and for you to be a vessel through whom He can reach others for His kingdom and His glory. Our purpose is to love Him, to serve Him, to bring glory and honor to His name. But sometimes we back away from the things He’s laid before us because we believe the lies of the enemy that say we don’t matter, that no one is listening to us, that we don’t really have any influence over anyone. Sometimes we look at what people around us are accomplishing and we think, why should I even bother?
Yield to Him, step out, and let Him use you the way He wants to.
His work through you will not be in vain.
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be firm (steadfast), immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord [always being superior, excelling, doing more than enough in the service of the Lord], knowing and being continually aware that your labor in the Lord is not futile [it is never wasted or to no purpose]. 1 Corinthians 15:58, AMP
Don’t give up. Keep moving forward. He is calling all of us who belong to Him out into the world to be His hands and feet.
Remember: You have a unique realm of influence that no one else has. And He will equip you to do what He has called you to do. Leave it in His hands. He’s planned from the very beginning to do the work through you. He’ll reach exactly who He wants to reach through you if you just surrender it all to Him.
He calls us out upon the waters—He calls out to take HUGE steps of faith, to do HUGE things, trusting Him to deliver and keep us afloat.
I know I don’t want to miss out on the incredible things God has in store for me. I don’t want to live a mediocre life because of fear or because I believed the lie that I don’t influence others or that it’s not worth it.
It is SO worth it to surrender to Him. He will bless you abundantly. He will make it all worthwhile. He only wants to do the best things for you.
The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows). John 10:10, AMP
Don’t let fear keep you from following Him, from saying, “Send me!” I promise it will be good in the end. No matter the hardships you face as you surrender to Him, He will make it worth your while.
Be strong, courageous, and firm; fear not nor be in terror before them, for it is the Lord your God Who goes with you; He will not fail you or forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6, AMP