Have you ever been so sure of something that you told somebody else only to have them try and shut you down before you even started?
God does not call everyone to serve specifically in the same ministry. What do I mean? God calls some men to be pastors, some to be CEOs, some to be artists, some to be coaches, some to be athletes, some to be business owners, and the list goes on. Women are no different. God calls them all to different places in life as well. All of us regardless of our specific called to be missionaries. If you are married, men are to be godly husbands that lead the family and godly wives submit to them to the degree that they are submitted to Jesus. If you have children, you are called to point your child to Jesus. Proverbs 22:6.
It is crazy how many people doubt or try to deter you from following where God has called you. When I knew God had called me into ministry, I struggled with this. I had people tell me that I was not cut out to be a pastor. I had others that told me I was not cut out to be a church planter. Part of me wanted to get righteously defensive, “I know what God has called me to do and you are not the Holy Spirit so back off!” However, after thinking about what they said, I came to realize…
They were right.
I was not cut out to be a pastor or a church planter. At least not on my own accord. I could not be a pastor or a church planter apart from Jesus.
The Bible uses a great analogy of God being the Potter and we are the clay.
From the time I was born, God has been molding and shaping my life to prepare me for the works that He has put in my life to accomplish.
The same can be said for you.
God is using your parents, your environments, your community, where you went to school, your relatives and friends, your church, even where you work to mold and shape you into who He has created you to be.
Apart from Jesus, I can do nothing.
It is all because of Jesus that I can be a husband, daddy, pastor, church planter, and writer.
I can look back over my life and see how my life (including celebrations, victories, failures, and trials) was being used to mold and shape me for where I am now. If we are still here, God is still in the process of molding and shaping us for what He has for us. God is preparing us for what He has prepared for us.
What is your story?
Can you look back on your life and see how God has molded and shaped you for where you are right now?